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Clinton's Monica Mosley named Gatorade Mississippi Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year

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CHICAGO (Gatorade.com) - In its 30th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Monica Mosley of Clinton High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Mississippi Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.  

Mosley is the second Gatorade Mississippi Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Clinton High School. 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 Mosley as Mississippi's best high school girls track & field athlete.  Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June, Mosley joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Allyson Felix (2001-02, Los Angeles Baptist, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker,(2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Lolo Jones (1997-98, Roosevelt HS, La.) and Bianca Knight (2006-07, Ridgeland HS, Miss.).

The 5-foot-5 junior won two individual state titles and contributed to two winning relays this spring to lead the Lady Arrows to the Class 6A state championship as a team. Mosley won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a state-record time of 41.87 seconds and captured the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.42. She also ran the lead leg on the 4x200 relay that won in 1:37.98 as well as the anchor leg on the 4x400 quartet that won in 4:03.24.

Mosley has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of her church community and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a community summer camp. “Monica is a star in the making,” said Clinton head coach Johnathan Perkins. “She hasn't been hurdling for long, but she jumped right in and has become very successful. She's really a natural.”

Mosley will begin her senior year of high school this fall.
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