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Westhill Runner Is Gatorade State Player Of The Year

Westhill runner Claire Howlett was named the Connecticut Player of the Year for track and field by Gatorade on Wednesday.
Westhill runner Claire Howlett was named the Connecticut Player of the Year for track and field by Gatorade on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Contributed by Jeffrey Volpintesta

STAMFORD, Conn. – Westhill High School’s Claire Howlett was named the Connecticut Girls Track and Field Player of the Year by Gatorade on Wednesday.

Howlett, a junior, won the State Open in the 1,600 and 3,200 earlier this month. Her time of 10:20.03 set a state record, which was subsequently broken by Hannah DeBalsi of Staples High School at the New England Championships.

Howlett set a state record in the 5,000 meters last weekend and finished fifth at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. She has a 4.54 weighted GPA, is the online editor of the high school newspaper and has served several community groups, including St. Luke’s Lifeworks, Darien Book Aid and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

The winners were selected based on their athletic production and impact in the 2013 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. The complete list of winners is online .

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