Friday, June 25, 2010

St. Elizabeth High grad Ashton Purvis named state's Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year

From Contra Costa Times...

Recent St. Elizabeth High graduate Ashton Purvis was named Thursday as the state's Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Purvis was a double champion at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships June 5 at Buchanan High in Clovis. She won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.17 seconds and the 200 meters in 22.90.
Both marks were then the top times in the nation this season for a high school girl. The 200 mark is still the nation's wind-legal best.
The award, presented in collaboration with ESPN RISE, recognizes athletic excellence along with "high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track," according to a release from Gatorade.
The Oakland native and University of Miami-bound Purvis now becomes a finalist for Gatorade's National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year award.
Also on Thursday, Purvis placed second in the 100 meters of the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, a meet for athletes 19 and under. She finished in a wind-legal time of 11.39 that was topped only by LSU's Takeia Pinckney (11.30), who was the fourth-place finisher at the NCAA championships earlier this month. Purvis was fifth in the 100 at this meet last year.
Another local star, Trinity Wilson of St. Mary's High, took fourth in the girls 100 hurdles (a wind-legal 13.49), finishing behind three collegiate runners. Wilson will be a junior next school year and was second at the CIF state meet in the event earlier this month. Both Purvis and Wilson competed Thursday for their club team, East Oakland Youth Development Center.

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