Pole vaulter Allyson Simmons has become the first Fairless High School athlete to be chosen Gatorade Ohio Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Simmons cleared an all-time Ohio girls record 13 feet, 41⁄4 inches earlier this month to win her second straight Division II state championship this season. The Ohio State signee’s winning height ranked No. 6 in the nation among high school competitors at the time of her selection.
A recent Fairless graduate who maintained a 3.43 grade-point average, Simmons also won two indoor state titles during her career. She has volunteered locally on behalf of a nursing home, Salvation Army, youth sports camps and the Stark County Humane Society.
Other past state award winners include baseball’s Derek Jeter (Michigan), basketball’s Candace Parker (Illinois), soccer’s Abby Wambach and football’s Mark Sanchez (California).
Simmons is a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
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