Catholic's Ellie Gonzalez named Gatorade Maryland Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year

The Baltimore Sun

Catholic's Ellie Gonzalez was selected as the Gatorade Maryland Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, according to a news release, adding to her list of accomplishments during her junior year.

Last month, Gonzalez was named The Baltimore Sun's Girls Athlete of the Year. She also swept The Baltimore Sun's top honors for cross country last fall (Runner of the Year), indoor track last winter (Performer of the Year) and outdoor track and field in the spring (Performer of the Year).

At the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meet last month, Gonzalez established a meet record in the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 53.08 seconds) and also won the 3,200 (10:39.86).

Her times, respectively, ranked No. 56 and No. 84 among prep competitors in the United States this year, according to the release.

"Ellie is the most determined and competitive athlete I have ever worked with," Catholic athletic director Kari McBride said in the release. "She sets personal goals and strives to beat them in practice -- not just meets. Most high school athletes turn the aggression and competitive nature on in games. Not Ellie. She has it every single day, practice or meet. She makes our program better because other athletes see her desire, and I think it makes them want to push themselves a little more."

Gonzalez is now 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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