The the MileSplit Massachusetts community came together over the past week to vote for the 2019 Girls Athlete of the Year. With nearly 8000 votes accounted for, the MileSplit Massachusetts Girls Athlete of the Year has been awarded to Katharine Duren - who took home 73 percent of the votes. Duren, a Central Catholic High School rising junior and competitor under the Haverhill Elite Track Club, has made a name for herself in events like the 100 Meter Hurdles, 100 Meter Dash, 200 Meter Dash, and the Triple Jump. Duren most recently competed in all four of the aforementioned events at the USATF New England Junior Olympics Championship, where she would finish 1st in the Girls 17-18 100 Meter Final (12.62), 100 Meter Hurdle Final (14.41), and Triple Jump Final (35-1.25). Duren also ran the Girls 17-18 200 Meter Dash at the meet, finishing 4th with a time of 26.16. With two years left in her high school running career, Duren has plenty of time to continue impressing the high school running community and improve upon her elite performances.
With over 1,650 votes herself, Anna Jordahl-Henry of Wellesley High School is our runner-up for the 2019 Girls Athlete of the Year. Jordhahl-Henry lead all of Massachusetts during the 2019 Indoor Track & Field season in the 200 Meter Dash (25.09), 300 Meter Dash (39.33), and High Jump (5-8). She continued to improve upon her performances during the 2019 Outdoor Track & Field season with a Massachusetts best High Jump performance of 5-10.5 and 200 Meter Dash performance of 24.31. Jordhahl-Henry's aforementioned 5-10.5 High Jump performance was good enough for 6th at the 2019 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Meet.
Check out the rest of our community voted 2019 Girls Athlete of the Year poll results here.