Female Athlete of the Year: Uni High's Arielle Summitt

Female Athlete of the Year: Uni High's Arielle Summitt

This year, we asked our athletes of the year to submit photos from their early childhood through high school years that sum up their sports journey and what these snapshots in time mean to them:

In Summitt’s own words: “On the way to the (Class 1A state) meet (as a freshman), I was really nervous, but then ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ came on the radio on the bus and we were so busy jamming that I forgot about the nerves. Getting third proved to myself that I could be a contender at the high school level, and nothing could have made it sweeter than winning a state trophy with my team and fave coach, Doug.”

In Summitt’s own words: “Annemarie first got me into cross-country and will always be my running buddy and other half of the ‘1-2 punch.’ St. Matts and especially my coaches there, Tom Frank and Greg Rose, helped me become competitive and successful in track and cross-country at an early age.”

In Summitt’s own words: “I sped back to Champaign for my graduation ceremony, which I missed because it was at the same time as the 1,600 at the state meet. But, I couldn’t have asked for a better high school career or experience, and a huge thank you to my parents, friends, teammates, teachers and coaches for believing in me and supporting me throughout these past five years at Uni.”

HONOR ROLL: NEWS-GAZETTE FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION

ATHLETE    SCHOOL

Mica Allison    St. Thomas More

Rachyl Anderson    Salt Fork

Kait Asklund    St. Thomas More

Emily Duis    Milford

Brenna Durst    Oakwood

Jessica Franklin    Mahomet-Seymour

Mikala Hall    Danville

Shaniya Howard    Urbana

M. Johnson-Monfort    Mahomet-Seymour

Lindsay Jordahl    Rantoul

Laura Krasa    Judah Christian

Zea Maroon    St. Joseph-Ogden

Zanna Myers    Monticello

Ema Rajic    Uni High

Cassie Russo    Tuscola

Alayna Stalter    Fisher

Meara Tilstra    Iroquois West

Hannah Wallen    ALAH

Aliyah Welter    Monticello

Gabby Wessels    Cissna Park

NEWS-GAZETTE FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR HISTORY

YEAR NAME SCHOOL

2018 Arielle Summitt Uni High

2017 Andrea Coursey SJ-O

2016 Jenny Kimbro Salt Fork

2015 Lexi Wallen STM

2014 Brittany Hay G-RF

2013 Kandie Bloch-Jones A-O

2012 Chelsea Blaase SJ-O

2011 Lindsay Troike Tuscola

2010 Amy Martin Oakwood

2009 Molly Romine Tuscola

2008 Stephanie Denius Oakwood

2007 Heidi McKean CPCI

2006 Kelli McMahon Westville

2005 Brooke Cultra Iroquois W.

2004 Maggie Hauser Unity

2003 Amanda Maxedon Oakland