Denver East's Arria Minor named girls track athlete of the year by Gatorade

State track Arria Minor Denver East

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Arria Minor, a sophomore at Denver East, was named Colorado's girls track and field athlete of the year by Gatorade on Thursday morning.

Minor won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races at the Class 5A state meet in May. She also anchored the Angels' 4x100 relay that finished second.

After the season, she was named the 5A athlete of the year as part of the all-state teams.

"She doesn't take her abilities for granted and she knows that her successes hinge on hard work and dedication," said Denver East coach Steve Kiper in a statement. "Not just on the track, but in the school hallways and life in general. She wants to be the best, and do her best."

She now becomes a finalist for the national award, which will be announced later in June.

Minor, who has a 3.09 GPA, is the first girls track athlete from Denver East to win this award since Aspen Burkett won it in 1994. She is the ninth athlete from Denver East overall to win a Gatorade player of the year award.

Minor is just the third sophomore to win in the history of the award.