HS Girls Athlete Of The Year — Briana Williams

A national record 10.94 in the 100 helped propel Briana Williams to the AOY title. (JIRO MOCHIZUKI/IMAGE OF SPORT)

IT TOOK US A WHILE to get there, but now we can announce our choice as the top HS girl of ’19. The September edition carried all the year’s-end wrapup material save that bit of voting, while we waited for pending adjudication of a positive test for potential 100m recordsetter Briana Williams. With the news that she was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case, we were able to conduct our annual voting, and she ended up as the convincing overall No. 1. She received 14 of 19 votes for the top spots— the other votes for No. 1 went to Anna Hall (4) and Jasmine Moore (1)—although it must be noted that she was downgraded on more than one ballot, not only because of the doping shadow, but also because she didn’t run for her school (which isn’t a disqualifying factor per T&FN’s longstanding protocol). Some voters downgraded No. 4 choice Athing Mu for the same lack-of-representation reason.

This year’s 14 vote-getters, with their All-America events (* = junior; ** = soph; *** = frosh):

1. *Briana Williams (Northeast, Oakland Park, Florida) 100, 200 172
2. Anna Hall (Valor, Highlands Ranch, Colorado) high jump, heptathlon 153
3. Chloe Cunliffe (West, Seattle, Washington) pole vault 147
4. *Athing Mu (Central, Trenton, New Jersey) 400, 800 100
5. Jasmine Moore (Lake Ridge, Mansfield, Texas) long jump, triple jump 99
6. Skylar Ciccolini (Mifflin, Lewistown, Pennsylvania) javelin 97
7. Morgan Smalls (Panther Creek, Cary, North Carolina) high jump, triple jump 59
8. *Katelyn Tuohy (North Rockland, Thiells, New York) 2 miles 58
9. *Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, Ohio) steeplechase, walks 55
10. ***Kayla Davis (Providence Day, Charlotte, North Carolina) 200, 400 53
11. Britton Wilson (Godwin, Henrico, Virginia) 300/400 hurdles 23
12. *Jasmine Jones (Greater Atlanta, Norcross, Georgia) 100 hurdles 19
13. **Tamari Davis (Oak Hall, Gainesville, Florida) 100, 200 7
14. *Tori Starcher (Ripley, West Virginia) Mile 3

Click here to see our complete list of girls AOYs, starting with 1977. ◻︎

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