Girls' Track and Field

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Athlete of the Year

Sarrah Hadiji, W.T. Woodson, Sr.

The William & Mary recruit won the Liberty District title in the 800 in 2:14.52, a career best and meet record. At the Southern Track Classic, Hadiji was runner-up in the mile (personal-best 4:57.15) and third in the two mile (10:56.06).

Coach of the Year

Todd Utter, Westfield

Utter, who has been head coach of the Chantilly school since it opened in 2000, guided the Bulldogs to their fourth straight Concorde District title. He split coaching duties with his wife of nine years, Emily, tag-teaming as coaches with approximately 85 athletes competing under their leadership this spring.

First Team

Melanie Akwule, Lake Braddock, Jr.

Akwule ran personal bests at the Nike Spring Invitational, finishing second in the 100 hurdles (14.86) and the 300 hurdles (44.96) to West Springfield All-Met Trish Friederich.

Betsy Alter, Westfield, Sr.

Alter set a meet record in the pole vault at the Concorde District championships, winning with a clearance of 11-1, tops in the Northern Region and a season best.

Tynita Butts, T.C. Williams, Soph.

Butts captured three gold medals at the Patriot District championships, in the 100 (12.45), long jump (19-1) and high jump (5-3).

Abby Clement, Paul VI, Sr.

Clement won the 800 meters at the Draper Invitational in 2:15.34 and was third in the 1,600 at the Cassels XBC Track Classic (5:14.73).

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