Athletes of the Year: Dallas/Ft Worth

Updated: May 18, 2009, 8:30 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

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Boys' Athlete of the Year

Rowlett / Track & Field
The No. 1 athlete in the ESPNU DyeStat senior recruit rankings, Goodwin will go down as one of the nation's best-ever prep track and field athletes. He became the first American in 16 years to claim a world junior long jump title when he soared 25 feet, 4.75 inches at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland. Goodwin won the long jump and triple jump at the this spring's Texas Relays, and he will continue his track career at Texas, where he'll also play wide receiver for the football team.


Waxahachie / Baseball
Cain, a senior, was in the zone on the diamond this spring. The 6-3, 225-pound MLB prospect reached double digits in home runs by the end of the regular season and also struck out 103 batters in his first 47 innings on the hill.

Highland Park / Golf
With second-place finishes at the Junior PGA and the British Junior in the past 12 months (among many other impressive results), Spieth has claimed the No. 1 spot in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings -- and he's only a sophomore.

Jesuit / Swimming
Thompson claimed his fourth Class 5A state title in the 100 backstroke this winter, setting a state record of 47.37 seconds. A senior Stanford signee, Thompson was among 16 semifinalists in the 200 back at last summer's Olympic Trials.

Girls' Athlete of the Year

Greenhill / Cross Country
Only a sophomore, Sveinsson already has two Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year awards to her credit. Her incredible season began with a rout at the SPC championships, where she won the XC title by nearly a full minute. Sveinsson then took part in both the Nike and Foot Locker year-end events, something few elite runners attempt. Sveinsson won the Nike South Regional and the Nike Cross Nationals. She took third at the Foot Locker South Regional and was fourth at the Foot Locker Championships.


Hockaday / Swimming
Beck missed much of her senior season with injuries but returned in time to claim four golds at the SPC championships. A Texas recruit, Beck was among the top 25 finishers in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at last summer's Olympic Trials.

Highland Park / Volleyball
A four-year starter on one of the state's top teams, Culwell capped her career by leading the Scots to the Class 4A state championship match in the fall. Culwell, an Auburn signee, is rated the nation's No. 34 recruit by

Lake Highlands / Gymnastics
Morrison, a junior, claimed a second consecutive all-around state title this year. A former training partner of Olympians Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin, Morrison has committed to LSU.