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HPA’s Zoe Sims named Gatorade Player of the Year

<p>Zoe Sims (FILE PHOTO)</p>

Zoe Sims (FILE PHOTO)

The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports, announced Zoe Sims of Hawaii Preparatory Academy as its 2012-13 Gatorade Hawaii Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Sims is the second Gatorade Hawaii Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Hawaii Preparatory Academy.

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 Sims as Hawaii’s best high school girls track and field athlete.

Sims is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June. The senior middle-distance and distance runner won the 1,500-meter run with a state-record time of 4:36.22 and the 800-meter run in 2:13.58 at the Outdoor State Championships past season, leading the Ka Makani to third place as a team. Sims’ 1,500-meter run time at the state meet ranked 26th among U.S. prep competitors in 2013 at the time of her selection. She also won the 1,500-meter run, as a sophomore at the 2011 state meet.

Also a cross country standout, Sims has maintained a 4.95 weighted GPA in the classroom and is a 2013 U.S. Presidential

Scholar. She has volunteered locally on behalf of a charity walk and as part of initiatives to feed the homeless. Sims will attend Princeton University this fall, where she will compete in cross country and track.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one Gatorade National Player of the Year in each sport.

The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA Today High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.