- Last Updated: 2:03 AM, June 23, 2012
- Posted: 1:34 AM, June 23, 2012
The city was again a hotbed for girls track and field talent.
The spring was dominated by a historic season from distance runner Alexis Panisse and Cardozo, which repeated as PSAL indoor and outdoor champs even though Clinton, Port Richmond and Medgar Evers closed the gap. Medgar Evers’ Kadecia Baird emerged as one of the nation’s top sprinters by year’s end while Archbishop Molloy and St. John Villa continued to be two of the CHSAA’s best squads.
All-City Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Alexis Panisse, Cardozo
The Tennessee-bound Panisse enjoyed a season for the ages as the Judges again captured the PSAL indoor and outdoor city titles. She was first PSAL female cross country runner to qualify for the Foot Locker National Championships and was the first in a decade to run the invitational mile at the Millrose Games.
Panisse ran the state’s best 600 meter time indoors this season and broke the 2,000 steeplechase meet record at the Mayor’s Cup. She won a city and state title in the 3,000 indoors as well, adding to her memorable year.
All-City Girls Track & Field Coach of the Year: Gail Emmanuel, Cardozo
It was again a dominant season for the Judges, but not the way they are used to. In a year where many thought it might finally falter, Cardozo won its sixth straight PSAL indoor title and did so without Miami-bound star Lateisha Philson. Plus, it's fifth consecutive outdoor crown came by a narrow margin. Emmanuel and assistant coach Ray James developed more depth around less star power than years past, and completed the four-year transformation of standout Alexis Panisse.
Adrienne Alexander, Bishop Loughlin
The Lions senior was again the city’s top shot-putter, winning indoor and outdoor CHSAA intersectional titles. Alexander took home an indoor state title with a season-best toss of 42 feet, 8 inches.
Akayla Anderson, Cardozo
Anderson took home the PSAL and state crowns in the 100 meter hurdles and posted a state-leading time of 13.98 seconds during the outdoor season. In indoors, she won the PSAL 55 meter hurdles, placed second at the state meet and came in second at Eastern States in 7.98.
Brittney Adams, DeWitt Clinton
The Clinton senior was as versatile as they come. Adams won the pentathlon and was a member of the winning 4 x 400 team at the PSAL outdoor championships. She was also one of the state’s best 600 runners during the indoor season and broke out as a top 400 hurdler.
Kimberly Bailey, Taft
The junior sprinter enjoyed success across the board. Bailey was second at the outdoor states and PSAL championship meet in the 200 with a time of 24.32. Indoors she took home the state crown in the 55 meter dash at 7.15.Follow @NYPostsports