Jeffersonville junior Aa'leiah Winford sprinter is a NTSPY finalist for the third straight year.
The reigning Girls’ Track & Field Athlete of the Year followed up her standout sophomore season with another solid campaign.
At the Jeffersonville Sectional, she won the 100 (12.24), 200 (25.54) and anchored the Red Devils’ victorious 400 relay (49.82).
Then, the next week she three-peated as champion in the 100 (12.36) and 200 (25.43) at the Bloomington North Regional while also helping the 400 relay team to a runner-up finish.
“My season went OK. I didn’t really do good in the beginning, but then I started to get back to myself. It was just about eating right, sleeping right, just doing everything right. Towards the middle my times started dropping,” Winford said.
At the IHSAA State Finals, she was 10th — one-hundredth of a second out of ninth and a spot in the finals heat — in the 200 and 18th in the 100 while also helping the 400 relay team to a 17th-place.
“I was pretty close to my PR in the 200, 24.83, so I wasn’t too disappointed about that,” Winford said. “I just gotta keep going.”
And she will keep going at Jeff for one more year, when Winford's goal for her senior season is simple.
“State champion,” she said with a smile.