Panther Creek senior Morgan Smalls has earned her second straight North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year Honors. Despite the 2020 Outdoor Season being cancelled by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Smalls showed she was in peak form during the indoor season where she was the state leader in the High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump as well as the US Leader in the High Jump and Triple Jump while being US#2 in the Long Jump.
"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, distinguishes Smalls as North Carolina's best high school girls track & field athlete."
Smalls joins an elite group of two time North Carolina two-time Gatorade Player of the Year winners dating back to 1987 with Adriane Sims, LaTasha Pharr, Mackenzie Pierce, Gabby Mayo, Wesley Frazier and Anna Cockrell.
The 2019 Indoor and Outdoor High Jump National Champion with attend the University of Southern California next fall and will go down as one of North Carolina's all-time great Track & Field athletes.
Smalls should be in the running for Gatorade National Player of the Year Honors as well which should be announced in the next few weeks.
North Carolina Girls Track & Field Gatorade Winners
1986- Pam Doggett, Dudley
1987- Francis Dumas, T.C. Roberson
1988- L'Tania Hall, Washington
1989- Melissa Morrison, A.L. Brown
1990- Nikki Friday, Lexington
1991- Tonya Avery, Jacksonville
1992- Ami Herrman, Providence
1993- Karen Godlock, Polk County
1994- DeAnne Davis, Cummings
1995- Twyla Smith, Pinecrest
1996- Adriane Sims, Byrd
1997- Adriane Sims, Byrd
1998- Demetria Washington, Sanford
1999- Kim Jones, Grimsley
2000- Latasha Pharr, North Rowan
2001- Latasha Pharr, North Rowan
2002-Julia Lucas, Myers Park
2003- Mackenzie Pierce,Forsyth Country Day
2004- Mackenzie Pierce, Forsyth Country Day
2005- Kamorean Hayes, Harding
2006- Gabby Mayo, Southeast Raleigh
2007- Gabby Mayo, Southeast Raleigh
2008- Jacinda Evans, Southern Durham
2009- Aslynn Halvorson, Butler
2010- Sanura Eley O'Reilly, Jack Britt
2011- Keni Harrison, Clayton
2012- Wesley Frazier,Ravenscroft
2013- Wesley Frazier,Ravenscroft
2014- Sydnei Murphy, Apex
2015- Anna Cockrell, Providence Day
2016- Anna Cockrell, Providence Day
2017- Tamara Clark, High Point Central
2018 - Veronica Fraley, Wakefield