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6-26-2017 – Norco – Norco’s Shae Anderson, who won a pair of state championships during her senior season, has been selected the 2017 Gatorade California Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Anderson won state titles in the 400-meter dash and the 300-meter hurdles, becoming the first athlete to double in those particular events in the 43 years girls have competed at the CIF-State Championships. Anderson twice broke the Inland record in both of those events, turning in personal best of 51.99 seconds in the 400 and 40.31 seconds in the 300 hurdles.
“It honestly is amazing,” she said Thursday. “There are a lot of amazing female track athletes in California. So, being recognized as Gatorade player of the year, is crazy!”
One of Anderson’s greatest strengths was her versatility, as she also posted state-ranked times in the 100 (11.76), 200 (23.67), 800 (2:11.09) and 100 hurdles (14.25) this season.
Anderson hardly competed in high school before this season. She was homeschooled last season and wasn’t allowed to compete unattached in CIF competition.
“Around this time (last year) nobody knew who I was or knew that I was a good athlete,” she said reflecting on her journey. “So, I have definitely come a long way.”
Anderson is the fourth Inland athlete chosen the Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Previous winners of this honor were North’s Joanna Hayes (1995), Chino’s Angela Williams (1998) and Roosevelt’s Jasmyne Graham (2015).
Anderson, who has not selected a college, is the fifth athlete from Norco to be chosen a state athlete of the year, joining Toby Gerhart (football, 2005), Matt Hobgood (baseball, 2009), Emily Lockman (softball, 2012) and Taylor Dockins (softball, 2017).
The Inland Empire swept the track and field honors this season, with Upland’s star hurdler Joseph Anderson being selected the California Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Joseph Anderson won state titles in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles this season. Anderson, who will compete collegiately at Oregon, holds the state record in the 110 hurdles (13.33 seconds), and he also is the San Bernardino County record-holder in the 300 hurdles (36.02 seconds).
This marks the second times in three season both track awards went to Inland athletes. Vista Murrieta’s Michael Norman and Roosevelt’s Graham were chosen in 2015.
Both Shae Anderson and Joseph Anderson resume to competition Friday at the USA Track & Field Junior Championship. Shae is scheduled to compete in the 400 and Joseph in the 110 hurdles. Finals are scheduled Saturday. The top two from each event qualify to represent Team USA in next month’s Pan Am Games in Peru.