Waterville junior Bethany Brown was named the Gatorade Maine Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Brown is the first Gatorade Maine Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Waterville High School in the 27 years The Gatorade Company has honored the nation’s best high school athletes.

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 Brown as Maine’s best high school girls track & field athlete. Brown is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award.

The 5-foot-3 distance runner won the 1,600-meter run at the Class B state meet with a Class B-record time of 4 minutes, 55.23 seconds; and the 3,200-meter run in a record of 10:34.79, leading the Purple Panthers to the state title.

She also swept the 1,600-meter run in a state-record 4:50.39 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:31.19 at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Thornton Academy, which ranked as the nation’s No. 30th and No. 39th top performances among high school runners in those events, respectively.

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