Track & Field |
June 26, 2012
University of Cincinnati track and field signee Alyssa McBride (Bryan, Ohio/Bryan) was named the 2011-12 Gatorade Ohio Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, The Gatorade Company and ESPNHS announced.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguishes McBride as Ohio's best high school girls track & field athlete.
McBride cleared 13-01, an Ohio state record for all divisions, in the pole vault to win the OHSAA Division II State Championship, which ranked as the nation's No. 10 clearance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. McBride is a four-time District champion and also won the pole vault at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
McBride has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom. Also a talented musician, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church youth group and the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
With her win, McBride is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June.
She has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Cincinnati this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.