CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A local high school track star has won a state grand prize.
Akala Garrett of Harding University High School was named the Gatorade Girls Gatorade High School Track Player of the Year in North Carolina. She is the second from Harding to win this honor.
According to a press release, the award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Garrett as the top girls’ track and field athlete. from North Carolina high school.
Garrett is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, which will be announced in July.
The climbing sophomore from Harding was the top player in State Class 4A competition, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 13.90 seconds and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 41.64, leading the Rams to third place in the team.
Garrett also ran the second stop of Harding’s victorious 4×200 relay quartet. Her season best time of 58.05 in the 400 hurdles ranks as the nation’s No.1 performance among the 2021 girls’ preparation competitors.
She also clocked third nationally in the 300 hurdles (41.23) and is ranked seventh in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.43.
“Akala can compete in any event from the 800 onwards, but she loves hurdles,” said Harding coach LaSonja Collins. “Since 2017, she has slowly progressed to be a top national athlete, but she is very humble and always puts the team first.”
Garrett maintained a cumulative class GPA of 3.38.
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