Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell has won the N.C. Gatorade girls track and field athlete of the year award for the second straight season. That may come as no surprise.
Cockrell has won the Charlotte Observer girls track and field athlete of the year award four straight times. This year, she won four outdoor state championships, bringing her career total to 16. She led her team to a fourth straight state championship.
Her latest honor, from Gatorade, recognizes athletic and academic excellence and her dedication to community service.
This season, the 5-foot-10 senior won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles state title with a state-record time of 40.42 seconds. That ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection. She also captured the 100-meter high hurdles in 13.52, the 100-meter dash in 11.63 and the 200-meter dash in 23.66. Cockrell finished second in the 400 hurdles, third in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100 hurdles at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Cockrell has maintained a 4.44 GPA in the classroom. Also a talented singer, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs, racial diversity initiatives and Freedom School, which provides summer enrichment for underprivileged children.
“Anna has never settled on her prior year’s accomplishments,” said Providence Day coach Carol Lawrence. “She comes into each season training with a hunger to be better than she was before.”
Cockrell has signed with Southern California.