Paul named finalist for prep athlete of the year

BEAVERTON — Hood River Valley High School cross-country and track star Christy Paul was named a finalist for the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year award, which was presented Sunday as part of the Oregon Sports Awards ceremony.

Paul, a

junior who won the 4A state cross-country championship last November, was one of 10 girls finalists present at the Nike World Campus.

“It’s quite an honor to be nominated as a junior,” HRV Athletic Director Glenn Elliott said. “Christy is among some pretty exclusive company.”

Maranda Brownson of class 2A Yoncalla took home the award after winning a state-record 16 individual track and field titles during her high school career. Jordan Kent of Churchill won the boys’ award for his accomplishments in track and field and basketball.

The Oregon Sports Awards, presented by Nike and the Portland Tribune, succeed the Hayward Awards, which ran from 1948-96. A total of 14 awards were presented Sunday before a sold-out crowd of nearly 800 people.

In addition to the prep awards, the state-wide judging panel also named the Bill Hayward Amateur Athletes of the Year, the Slats Gill coaches of the year, the George Pasero Team Award and the prestigious Steve Prefontaine Award.

Cascade High School track star Jeane Goff was the lucky honoree after leading Cascade to the 3A state track and field championship and winning the individual cross-country title last year.

University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington won the Male Amateur Athlete of the Year award, while U of O head coach Mike Bellotti won the Coach of the Year award.

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