Chris Nilsen | Kansas City, Mo. | Track and Field
Chris, a recent graduate of Park Hill High, set the national high school pole vault record at the Missouri Class 5 Section 4 championships, clearing 18'4¾" to surpass the 2012 mark of reigning world champion Shawn Barber by 1½ inches. The defending state titlist at 17 feet, Chris will compete next year at South Dakota.
Dani Rhodes | Waukesha, Wis. | Soccer, Basketball
Dani, a senior striker at Waukesha West High, scored a hat trick to fuel a 3--2 conference title win over Catholic Memorial High. The repeat Gatorade state player of the year, she had a school-record 133 career goals at week's end. A point guard, she also holds the school mark for career points (1,609). Dani will play soccer at Wisconsin.
Hunter Bailey | Vail, Colo. | Freestyle Skiing
Bailey, 19, scored 77.05 points to win gold in moguls by 1.36 at the 2016 Junior World Freestyle Championships in Åre, Sweden. His performance helped the U.S. clinch the Marc Hodler Trophy for top team performance. A '14 graduate of Vail Mountain School, Bailey has deferred enrollment at Colorado to pursue skiing.
Shamier Little | Chicago | Track and Field
Little, a junior at Texas A&M, ran the 400-meter hurdles at the SEC championships in 54.72, the top collegiate time this season. The two-time defending NCAA champ, Little took gold last year at the Pan American Games in Toronto (55.50) and at USATF outdoor nationals in Eugene, Ore. (53.83), and silver at worlds in Beijing (53.94).
A.J. Puckett | Danville, Calif. | Baseball
Puckett, a junior righthander at Pepperdine, threw 452/3 straight scoreless innings, the third-longest streak in NCAA history, before giving up a two-run homer in a 9--5 loss to Brigham Young. The West Coast Conference pitcher of the year, Puckett was 9--3 with 93 strikeouts and a 1.07 ERA in the regular season.
Courtney Murphy | Shirley, N.Y. | Lacrosse
Murphy, a junior attacker at Stony Brook, scored four goals in an 11--8 win over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament to reach a national-record 99 for the season. She extended her mark to 100 in a second-round loss to Syracuse. Murphy, who netted 4.76 goals per game, also had 16 assists.
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