High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Waterville

Maine Girls Track AOY: Bethanie Brown

June, 20, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Bethanie Brown


School: Waterville (Maine)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-3


Athletic achievement: Brown won the 1,600-meter run with a class-record time of 4:55.23 and the 3,200-meter run in a class-record 10:34.79 at the Class B state meet this spring, leading the Purple Panthers to the state title as a team. She ran the second leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 4:06.77. Brown also swept the 1,600-meter run in a state-record 4:50.39 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:31.19 at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which ranked as the nation’s No. 30 and No. 39 performances, respectively, among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Also a cross country standout and an avid writer of poetry, Brown has maintained a 4.31 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has received her school’s Renaissance Award, presented to students who excel in academics, service and character on behalf of the nationwide Renaissance Program. A Student Ambassador for incoming transfer classmates, Brown also donated her time to promoting science in local fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.

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