WATERVILLE — Bethanie Brown enjoyed a record breaking season for the Waterville Senior High School track and field team. On Wednesday, the junior was honored for her efforts by being named the Gatorade Maine Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Brown is the first girls track and field athlete from Waterville to win 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,” according to a press release from Gatorade.

Brown set the Class B state record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 55.23 seconds and the 3,200 with a time of 10:34.79 this spring. She also ran on the state championship winning 4×400-meter relay team that finished in 4:06.77.

She went onto win the New England championship in the 1,600 with a time of 4:50.39 and the 3,200 in 10:31.19.

Also this school year, Brown won the Class B state title in cross country, set the Class B state record in the indoor mile (5:02.15) and finished second at the New England championships with a time of 4:56.35. She is the first high school girl from Maine to run a sub-five minute indoor mile.

Brown maintained a 4.31 GPA, according to the press release.

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