Five others you should have seen | Seattle Times Girls Athlete of the Year
Ali Forde, Maddie Meyers, Amy-Eloise Neale, Kaylee Best and Joclyn Kirton also had outstanding seasons.
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Five other girls athletes you should have seen this school year:
Ali Forde, Woodinville (volleyball, basketball)
The two-sport senior star overcame narcolepsy to excel in the classroom and on the court, leading the Falcons to the Class 4A state basketball and volleyball tournaments. She will play both sports at the University of Idaho, joining her brother, Maxx, a defensive lineman on the Vandals' football team.
"He's my best friend," said Forde. "I love my brother. I look up to him so much. He'll look out for me, and I'll look out for him."
In basketball, the 6-foot-2 Forde averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3.6 assists and shot 48 percent from the floor.
In volleyball, she led the Falcons to the KingCo 4A title and was the team leader in kills and blocks.
She said she is "really pumped" to play both sports at Idaho.
"I'll definitely have to pick up my speed on both sports, because it's just faster. I'm excited for the challenge. I can't wait to learn a lot of new things."
Amy-Eloise Neale, Glacier Peak (cross country, track & field)
Despite a nagging hamstring injury, Neale capped her junior year by winning the 800 meters in a Class 3A state meet-record 2 minutes, 10:32 seconds. She eclipsed a record set in 1983 at the very first Star Track state-championship meet.
Neale didn't run the 1,600 at state, to protect herself from injury before running against national competition in the Dream Mile in New York this weekend.
"It was hard being a spectator. It was weird watching (the 1,600) at state instead of running it," said Neale, who took fifth in the event last year.
In the fall, she ran a fast 17:29 at the state cross-country championships, only to lose to a record-setting Katie Knight of North Central of Spokane (17:11). Neale won the state title as a freshman and sophomore.
Maddie Meyers, Northwest School (cross country, track & field)
The senior standout will run for the University of Washington after leaving a giant legacy at her Class 1A Seattle school. This spring, she won her ninth, 10th and 11th career state titles in track, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 for the third year in a row.
In the fall, she captured her fourth consecutive cross-country state title.
"It's going to be different in college," Meyers said. "We had a very small team in high school, and there's only six or seven distance runners in track. I'm looking forward to being part of a bigger team. I've been having to just push myself along, so I'm looking forward to having teammates who are ahead of me."
The nationally ranked distance runner didn't put up the best numbers of her career as a senior, but she kept moving forward.
"I know that coming in as a freshman there, I'm going to be at the back of that pack, especially for UW," she said. "I know what I'm getting myself into and I'm kind of excited about it, actually. "
Kaylee Best, Lakeside (volleyball, basketball, lacrosse)
Best, a junior, is on track to earn 12 letters before she graduates. She already has nine. She was a first-team All-Metro League selection in volleyball and basketball, and an all-state lacrosse player.
In college, she likely will have her choice of playing lacrosse (St. Mary's is recruiting her) or basketball. Best is considered one of the best attack scorers and defenders in the state in lacrosse.
She played point guard in basketball and averaged 12.4 points this season for the Lions.
Best commuted daily from Snohomish to Lakeside of Seattle.
"I've played multiple sports since I was little, so there's not really a change there, but academics on top of three different sports has been somewhat difficult," she said. "Lakeside is a very, very challenging school."
Joclyn Kirton, King's (volleyball, basketball)
Kirton, a senior, is the younger sister of Johnie Kirton, an Arena Football League player who died May 28. Johnie Kirton starred at Jackson before playing football for Washington.
Joclyn led King's to third place in the state volleyball tournament before being named co-MVP of the Class 1A team in the all-state series. The 6-foot middle blocker/hitter will play for Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.
In basketball, she averaged 13.3 points for the Knights' Cascade Conference co-champions and was a first-team all-conference selection.