Last year's track and field season is long gone, but Beavercreek (OH) High School junior Taylor Ewert is still picking up awards following a record-breaking season.
The USATF named Ewert as its Youth Athlete of the Year on Wednesday after a spring season that saw the Ohio then-sophomore topple the American Junior record in the 10K race walk at the U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, in July.
Ewert--who is currently having a banner season in cross country and grabbed her first Division I state championship in Ohio--cut nearly five minutes off the 10K junior record she set in June at the USA Championships in Indianapolis by finishing 10th in 45:57.81, becoming the sixth fastest American woman at the distance in history. Ewert's time of 49:07.52 at the USA Junior Championships also came less than 24 hours after a national title in the 2K steeple at New Balance Nationals Outdoor -- which was 500 miles away in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Ewert also broke the American Junior record in the 5K race walk in April at The Penn Relays, finishing in 22:38.16, which cut more than 22 seconds off a record that had stood since 1994.
Ewert also set an American Junior record in the 3K race walk at the Penn Relays in April with a time of 13:31.79.
Ewert also holds the high school national record in the indoor girls mile.