Halladay sets state record in girls 3,200 meters
Lexy Halladay of Mountain View High wrapped up her first varsity season with yet another award Thursday.
Halladay was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Idaho Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year after a freshman season that included wins on both the state and national level.
The 5-foot-6 freshman distance runner broke the tape in the Girls’ Dream Mile at the adidas Boost Boston Games earlier this month with a winning time of 4 minutes, 41.80 seconds, which ranks as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2017.
Halladay also won the 1,600 (4:52.51) and 3,200 (10:30.80) in record time at the 5A state meet in May. She anchored the Mavericks’ 4x400 relay (3:58.33) to victory as the Mountain View girls amassed 146.75 points on their way to a 60-point win in the team race.
“Lexy Halladay is representing Idaho very well and is a great competitor,” Boise coach Aaron Olswanger said in a press release. “I cannot think of anyone in the state I’d even recommend over her for this award.”
Halladay, who also was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Idaho cross country runner of the year, is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award.
The 2016-17 Gatorade Idaho boys track athlete of the year went to Coeur d’Alene senior Grady Leonard, who swept the shot put and discus at state.