Gatorade named Regis Jesuit graduate Ana Holland as Colorado’s girls track & field athlete of the year June 19.
Holland, who is headed to the University of Virginia next year, capped her senior year by winning the sprint triple crown (100, 200 and 400 meters) at the Class 5A state track meet May 16-18 at Jefferson County Stadium.
“Her athletic ability is exceptional, as evidenced by winning three state titles and being nationally ranked in all three of those events,” Lou Krauss, head coach of rival Highlands Ranch High School, said of Holland in a statement.
“She has also demonstrated class and humbleness to her fellow competitors. She is certainly the class of female athletes in Colorado.”
Holland — who finished her prep career with state championships in five individual events and one with a relay — became the first girls track athlete from an Aurora school to win the Gatorade award since 2003, when Smoky Hill distance star Megan Kaltenbach won it a third straight time.
Aurora Central middle distance star Trina Edmond also won the honor in 1989, shortly after it debuted in 1986.
It was the second Gatorade player of the year award for the Regis Jesuit Girls Division for the 2012-13 athletic year, as Diani Akigobogun won the girls basketball honor for the winter season after the Raiders won the 5A state championship.
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