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Mountain View High’s Halladay adds another honor to standout freshman season

Halladay sets state record in girls 3,200 meters

Mountain View freshman Lexy Halladay won the 5A girls 3,200 meters with an overall state meet record of 10 minutes, 30.80 seconds at the state track and field championships Friday at Dona Larsen Park in Boise.
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Mountain View freshman Lexy Halladay won the 5A girls 3,200 meters with an overall state meet record of 10 minutes, 30.80 seconds at the state track and field championships Friday at Dona Larsen Park in Boise.

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.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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