Ja'Mari Ward | Cahokia, Ill. | Track and Field
Ja'Mari, a senior at Cahokia High, broke the Illinois triple jump record with a leap of 53'7½" at the St. Clair County meet. He also recorded the nation's top mark in the long jump this year (25'6¾"), breaking his own state record set last spring (25'¼") in leading the Comanches to their fifth straight 2A title. Ja'Mari will compete at Missouri.
Kate Murphy | Burke, Va. | Track and Field
Kate, a junior at Lake Braddock Secondary School, ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg in 4:37.65 to help the Bruins take the distance medley relay title at the 122nd Penn Relays in Philadelphia. At 11:36.52, it was the fourth-best high school finish in meet history. Two weeks before, Kate ran the fastest 1,600 in the U.S. this season (4:42.31).
Casey Mittelstadt | Eden Prairie, Minn. | Hockey
Casey, a junior center at Eden Prairie High, had 11 goals and 10 assists in six postseason games to lead the Eagles to the Class 2A state final, a 5--3 loss to Wayzata High. He was named USA Today's player of the year. With the U.S. 18-and-under team, Casey tied for the points lead (seven) at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic last August.
Sylvie Binder | Armonk, N.Y. | Fencing
Sylvie, a junior at Byram Hills High, defeated Sera Azuma of Japan 15--12 to win the cadet (17-and-under) gold medal in foil at the world cadet and junior championships in Bourges, France. She also anchored the U.S. squad to a win over Russia for the mixed-weapon cadet title and earned silver with the junior (20-and-under) foil team.
Kekai Rios | Kahalu'u, Hawaii | Baseball
Rios, a freshman catcher at Hawaii, went 3 for 5 with a 10th-inning home run in a 6--5 win over Cal State--Northridge. Through 41 games he was batting .342 with 41 hits, 17 RBIs and a .425 slugging percentage while throwing out 17 of 29 base stealers and assisting on two double plays. Rios is on the Johnny Bench Award watch list for the nation's top catcher.
Maegan Manasse | Redondo Beach, Calif. | Tennis
Manasse, a junior at Cal, beat defending champ Catherine Harrison of UCLA 6--3, 6--2 to win the Pac-12 title. Manasse and Denise Starr went 19--9 and were named Pac-12 doubles team of the year. In December, Manasse and Florida's Brooke Austin won their doubles match as the U.S. beat host France 4--1 for a fifth straight Master'U BNP Paribas title.
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