Valor Christian's Anna Hall and Cole Sprout named Gatorade track athletes of the year

(Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics).

Anna Hall and Cole Sprout, both from Valor Christian, have been named the girls and boys track athletes of the year by Gatorade.

Each are the first track athlete from their school to be named a Gatorade player of the year.

Hall, a junior, recently set the national heptathlon record at the Great Southwest Classic. She also won the heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Junior National Championships to qualify for the World Junior Championships.

During the high school season, Hall won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, as well as the long jump. She also finished second in the 200 meter dash.

After the season, Hall was named first-team all-state and the Class 4A athlete of the year.

Hall has a 4.15 GPA.

"Anna Hall is just exceptional in all areas," said Niwot coach Maurice Henriques. "She's probably the best athlete in the state, and maybe the best in the nation. She's a role model for the state for her attention to detail to this sport in every area."

Sprout, meanwhile, won both the 1,600 and 3,200 at the 4A state meet. He also set the all-classification record in the 3,200 during the Jeffco League Meet.

He was named first-team all-state in 4A after the season.

Sprout, who just finished his sophomore year, has a 3.98 GPA.

"Cole is an amazing kid with great discipline and determination to be the best he can be," said Valor Christian head coach Brian Kula. "He is an outstanding student and goes about life with high character and humility."

(Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)