June 19, 2013
CHICAGO – In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Tennessee track & field signee Felecia Majors as its 2012-13 Gatorade Virginia Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Majors is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced later this month.
The 2013 Spring All-Met Girls’ Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Majors capped her career at South County High School in Lorton, Va., by leading the Stallions to the Group AAA State Title. Competing in seven individual events at the state meet, Majors won the 400-meter state championship in 53.65 seconds and placed in the top four in six of her seven events. She finished second in the 200m, pole vault and long jump, third in the triple jump, fourth in the 100m and ninth in the high jump. Her 400m readout currently ranks as the nation’s No. 6 performance among prep competitors in 2013.
The first Gatorade Virginia Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from South County High School, Majors will follow in the footsteps of former Tennessee distance runner Sarah Bowman. Bowman, who attended Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Va., was a three-time winner of the award and went on to become a National Champion and 10-time All-American with the Lady Vols.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguishes Majors as Virginia’s best high school girls track & field athlete.
Majors, who competes in the 400m and long jump at the USA Junior Championships this week, has maintained a 3.21 grade-point average in the classroom. She has also volunteered locally mentoring students with special needs in association with her school’s Partners Club, as an elementary school coach.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit www.Gatorade.com/poy.