A canceled season wasn’t even enough to stop Lexy Halladay from walking away with the state’s top award yet again.
The recent Mountain View High School graduate was named the Gatorade Idaho Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year for the third time (2017, 19, 20) in her career Thursday. It was also her fifth Gatorade award overall after going back-to-back in cross country in 2016 and ‘17.
“With this one it’s different because with all the other awards, I had to go prove it on the track in front of everyone,” Halladay said. “But with this one, it was about proving it to myself.”
During the coronavirus shortened season, Halladay still put up the nation’s third-fastest time in the mile at 4 minutes, 49.27 seconds.
She is the state’s most decorated Gatorade Player of the Year as a runner. Borah alum Nicole Nielsen, who ran in the late 2000s, is the next closest to Halladay with three total Gatorade awards.
“Running is Lexy’s love and passion,” Mountain View long distance running coach Tracy Harris said in a news release. “She has done whatever it takes to compete at a high level, even running through injury.”
Injuries that included multiple stress fractures. But they didn’t stop her from doing things like winning a combined 10 state titles between track and cross country, and breaking Olympian Mary Decker’s record of the fastest mile time by a freshman at 4:41.80. The time is also the 35th fastest in U.S. high school history.
“So much has happened, both that people have seen and haven’t,” Halladay said. “I’ve just learned so much and I’m so grateful for everything that I’ve been able to go through and accomplishment.”
Halladay will run for BYU in the fall.