Hawaii Prep’s Emma Taylor is the Gatorade Hawaii Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced Thursday.
The award recognizes athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the track.
Taylor, a 5 foot 6 senior, won the 100-meter high hurdles in 15.79 seconds and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 45.82 at the state meet in May, leading Ka Makani to the team championship.
Taylor also finished second in the 200-meter dash and ran on two fourth-place relay teams. She has won seven individual state championships in the hurdles, the most in state history.
Taylor earned a 3.86 grade-point average and has volunteered locally on behalf of the Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk and youth running programs.
“Emma Taylor is a hard-working, dedicated athlete with strong leadership values,” Hawaii Prep coach Patrick Lau said. “She always helps the younger athletes and she’s been a role model to her teammates and competitors.”
Taylor has signed a national letter of intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Boston College this fall.
Gatorade Hawaii Track and Field Athletes of the Year
>> 2016: Emma Taylor, Hawaii Prep
>> 2015: Kathleen Funcheon, Moanalua
>> 2014: Alyssa Bettendorf, Seabury Hall
>> 2013: Zoe Sims, Hawaii Prep
>> 2012: Charlinda Ioane, Kapolei
>> 2011: Kailea Tracy-Visintainer, Seabury Hall
>> 2010: Ashley Satterwhite, Punahou
>> 2009: Bailey Massenburg, King Kekaulike
>> 2008: Zhane Santiago, Kahuku
>> 2007: Samantha Cabreros, Punahou