Stillwater’s Locci Named Gatorade’s Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year – The Daily Gazette

STILLWATER — Stillwater’s Gianna Locci has been named the 2021-22 Gatorade New York Women’s Track and Field Player of the Year, it was announced Thursday. Locci is the first athlete from Stillwater High School to receive the award.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, singles out Locci as New York’s top high school girl track and field athlete. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls’ Track & Field Player of the Year award, which will be announced in July.

The 5-foot-4 senior broke the state record in the long jump last season by winning silver in the New Balance Nationals Outdoor event with a jump of 21-foot-1 1/2 inches, which s is ranked first nationally. 2 performance among girls’ prep competitors in 2022 and was also the #10 long jumper in US girls’ prep history. Locci also won the NYSPHSAA Division 2 and Federation titles in the long jump. She won the Division 2 200 meters and anchored the winning 4×100 meters relay.

Division 2 championships, she won the long jump and 200 meters, and anchored the victorious 4 × 100 relay.

“Gianna’s talent is next level, but what sets her apart is her dedication,” Stillwater coach Shawn McClements said. “She takes nothing for granted. She treats every run and every attempt as if it were sacred, as if it could be the last jump she makes.

Locci maintained an A average in class. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for a scholarship to Duke University this fall.

RPI ASSISTANT COACH TO JOIN AUSTRIAN WORLD JUNIORS STAFF

TROY — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute men’s hockey assistant coach Mathias Lange will play a similar role for his native Austria at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championships, it has been announced. The 46th edition of the tournament, which was postponed earlier in the year, will take place August 9-20 in Edmonton, Alta.

Lange, an RPI graduate in 2009 and a native of Klagenfurt, Austria, has been on the engineers’ coaching staff since 2019-20, when he became the team’s operations coordinator. He was later elevated to assistant coach in 2021 and is responsible for the team’s penalty kill, while also working with goaltenders and recruiting.

Austria open the tournament on August 10 against rivals Germany, before facing Sweden on August 12. They will face the United States the next day and then complete the pool game against Switzerland on August 15.

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