With the release of the Gatorade XC Athletes of the Year this past week, our minds are already moving towards the next iteration: Track. There has been plenty of action inside and outside the oval, and we've looked at our top preliminary picks based on the Season so far. We break down our Top 7 below, and open up the voting for you to have a voice as well.
Let us know who you think is the front runner! Full profiles below the poll.
Ashley Fulton (Elmont Memorial)
The Junior is the State Leader in both the 55m and 300m from all the way back in December, but it doesn't mean she's slowed down. She also is the newly minted State Leader in the 200m to round out her accomplishments.
Camryn Cole (Webster Schroeder)
She's NY #2 All-Time in the High Jump with her 5-11 clearance, but don't consider her a specialist. She's more well rounded athlete than that, capturing the Long Jump State Lead as well as ranking NY #4 in the 55m Hurdles to boot.
Karrie Baloga (Cornwall)
State Leader in the 1500m and 3000m, both of those marks ranking in the Top 5 All-Time for a New Yorker. Just outside the Top 20 in the 1000m, Baloga has range which also includes a recent foray into 6K racing for XC. How will that competition effect her schedule come post-season, we have yet to see, but she's already making a name for herself.
Kate Putman (Cicero-North Syracuse)
NY #2 in three events (1k, 1500, 3K) makes Putman the most well-rounded distance runner on this list, spreading her speed across multiple events. Not only that, but she's makes up one quarter of the NY #2 4x800m relay as well.
Anissa Moore (Hempstead)
NY #2 in both the 300m and 600m, the reigning 400m State Champ ran an excellent venture in the 500m dash, to run NY #13 All-Time in the event.
Angelina Napoleon (Allegany-Limestone)
State Leader in the 1000m, as well as NY #5 in the High Jump provides plenty of range across events. She also is NY #4 in the Mile and #3 in the 1500m.
Corintia Griffith (Webster Schroeder)
State Leader in the Triple Jump, over that 40-foot Barrier, she also only trails her teammate in the Long Jump. Reigning over two events, despite both being horizontal jumps, is no small feat in the Empire State.