TEWKSBURY — Makayla Paige, a sophomore from Tewksbury, was honored as the Gatorade Girls High School Track and Field Athlete of the Year for 2019 in the state of Massachusetts.
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 Paige as Massachusetts' best high school girls track & field athlete.
Paige is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June.
The 5-foot-1 sophomore earned All-American honors by placing third in the 800-meter run at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor this past season. Paige's time of 2:06.27 ranked No. 8 in the nation among prep competitors at the time of her selection. Paige won the 800 at the state meet and she ranked No. 1 in the state in the 400-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles. The Massachusetts State Track Association Athlete of the Year for indoor track, she set a state record this winter with a time of 1:29.71 in the 600-meter run.
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