CA All-State T&F: Girls Field Athlete of the Year

MileSplitCA 2018 Track & Field Girls Field Athlete of the Year

Jocelynn Budwig (above) and Alysah Hickey (below at right) are the co-Girls Field Athletes of the Year.

We're graciously taking a page from the State Meet high jump officials and letting this one end in a tie.

How do you separate a two-event thrower Jocelynn Budwig from a two-event jumper Alysah Hickey and call one the 2018 MileSplitCA Track & Field Girls Field Athlete of the Year when they both earned it equally? 

Ya don't. 

Budwig and Hickey, two juniors, are both State Meet champions who also medaled in a second event. They are both at the top of the CA rankings in each of their two events, and are each very high in the US rankings in their events. 

Budwig (Fowler/CS) is the State Meet champion in the shot put and placed 3rd in the discus throw.

Hickey (Coronado/SD) is the State Meet champion in the long jump and placed 5th in the high jump.

Budwig ranks CA #1 and US #14 in the shot with a 47-7 PR from the All-Sierra's Championship.

Hickey ranks CA #1 and US #11 (tied) in the long jump with a 19-09.75 (1.4) wind-legal PR in winning the State Meet title. (Hickey also ranks CA #2 with an all-conditions jump of 19-10.50 (2.2) at the San Diego Section Final.)

Budwig ranks CA #2 and US #3 in the discus throw with a PR of 174-02 from State Prelims (a mark that was at the time CA #1 and US #2 only to be surpassed the following day by the 174-09 winning throw by State champion Erica Grotegeer).

Hickey ranks CA #2 (tie) and US #12 (tie) with a 5-10 high jump PR from winning at the Mt. SAC Relays. 

Budwig won the discus in 17 of 19 meets (trials/prelims included), won the Central Section title for the third year in a row, had 11 throws of 155 feet or farther, and six of 160-plus. In the shot, she won 18 of 20 meets (trials/prelims included) and placed 2nd in the other two. Budwig ranks US #1 in the Class of 2019 in both throws.

Hickey was undefeated in the high jump this season before the State Meet Final (which she had to compete in simultaneously with the long jump), including her second consecutive SDS title. Despite not focusing on the long jump until this season, she won 11 of 12 meets, and had six jumps of 19 feet or farther. Hickey ranks US #4 (tie) in the junior class in the high jump and US #6 in the class among wind-legal long jumps. Note that Hickey's HJ PR of 5-10 is the same height that won the State title, shared by two girls listed below.

Others considered

Abigail Burke (Riverside Poly/SS) Sr., HJ -- Two-time State Meet champion in the high jump. Shared the title this season with Rachel Glenn after officials opted not to conduct a jump-off. Top qualifying jumps at the Southern Section Masters Meet each of the last two years. Hit PRs at the State finals to earn gold each of the last two years.

Arianna Fisher (Silver Creek/CC) Sr., TJ -- State champion in the triple jump. Had jumps of 40-plus in all seven meets this spring and had the top jump in all but the State Prelims. PR of 42-09 (nwi) at CCS Top 8 is CA #1, US #3 all conditions. Three-time Central Coast Section champion and two-time State Meet finalist.

Rachel Glenn (Long Beach Wilson/SS) So., HJ -- State co-champion in the high jump (5-10). She cleared a Pr of 5-11 at California Relays for CA #1 and US #7 (tie). That mark also ranks, US #2 in the Class of 2020. Southern Section Division 1 champion (5-7), unseating two-time D1 champion Abigail Burke.

Erica Grotegeer (Wheatland/NS) Sr., DT - State champion in the discus throw. Winning mark of 174-9 is a PR and ranks CA #1 and US #1. Two-time State medalist with seven throws of 160 feet or better in her career. Four-time Northern Section champion.

Hannah Hall (James Logan/NC) Sr., DT/SP -- Four-time State Meet finalist in both throws. Double medalist each of the last two years. At State this year, Hall placed 2nd in the discs throw and 4th in the shot put. Ranks CA #3 and US #8 in the discus (165-4) and CA #5 in the shot (45-05.25). 

Kali Hatcher (St. Mary's College High/NC) Sr., LJ/TJ -- Elite dual horizontal jumper who ranks atop the state lists in the triple jump (CA #1 wind legal and CA #2 all conditions, 42-03.50/2.2 at the Sacramento MOC) and the long jump (CA #4 all conditions and CA #8 (tie) wind legal, 19-06/nwi at the TCAL Championships). Four-time State Meet finalist in the triple jump and two-time finalist in the long jump. Placed 4th at State in the triple jump (40-06.75) and 10th in the long jump (17-06.50). Had nine meets of 40-plus triple jumps

Dominique Ruotolo (Mater Dei/SS) Sr., TJ/LJ -- Southern Section Masters champion in both jumps despite an ankle injury that limited her at the State Meet, where she still qualified for the finals in both jumps. Placed 4th in the long jump but had to scratch from the triple. Only girl in CA who ranks top-5 in the state in the high jump (5-8), long jump (19-02.75/1.2) and triple jump (41-04.50/0.0).

Jazlynn Shearer (Silver Creek/CC) Jr., LJ/TJ -- State finalist in both the long jump and the triple jump. Placed 4th in the TJ (40-01.75/0.1) after jumping 41-0 in prelims. The only girl in CA to long jump 20-plus (20-01/nwi). Biggest triple jumps at the biggest meets: CC finals, State prelims and finals, Arcadia and Stanford.

Laurel Wong (Santa Catalina School/CC) Jr., PV -- State champion in the pole vault (12-6). Exceeded in-season PR of 13-2 with a 13-4 clearance to win the post-CIF season Golden West Invitational. Six meets with clearances over 13 feet. Went 13-3 to win the CA Winter Championships held outdoors at Arcadia.

Two-time State Meet high jump champion Abigail Burke (Riverside Poly). (Louis Amestoy photo)