National Girls Performer Of The Week (5/22-6/4)

*  Evelyn Bliss (left) won this week's NPOTW poll; Shawnti Jackson (right) is a nominee for this week's Performer Of The Week

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At the PIAA 2A Track and Field Championships, Evelyn Bliss of Union (PA) unleashed a historic throw in the javelin. With a toss of 170-02, she set a new meet record, holds the Pennsylvania No. 3 all-time performance and earned a state championship title.

Entering the state championships, she was ranked US No. 10 and now, she claims spot No. 2.

Bliss improved on her previous best of 155-9 by 15 feet, which came from the PIAA District 9 Championship. 

During the week, Bliss solidified being named this week's National Girls Performer Of The Week by earning 67 percent of the votes. 

From now until the end of the outdoor track season, winners will be awarded National Athlete Of The Week backpacks courtesy of TrackBarn. If selected as National Girls Performer Of The Week, please send mailing addresses to to receive your bag.

It's time to vote for this week's NPOTW. The poll will end on Friday and winners will be announced the following Monday.

* Evelyn Bliss reflects on her state record performance at the PIAA 2A State Track and Field Championships

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Here are the nominations for the National Girls Performer Of The Week Poll:

Shawnti Jackson, South Granville (NC): For the third time this 2023 season, Jackson broke a national high school record. This time, the Arkansas recruit won the 100m in 10.89 (+0.9) at the Music City Track Carnival against a professional field. She shattered the previous record of 10.94 (+0.6) by Briana Williams from the 2019 Jamaican Senior Championships. 

Lauren Lewis, Prosper (TX): It was only three weeks ago that Lewis dropped a 51.45 to win the UIL Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This weekend at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic, in another solo effort, the Texas recruit set a personal best and tied the No. 8 all-time best performance in the 400m with a 51.17. She also clocked a Texas No 3 all-time mark of 22.94 (+1.0) to win the 200m title. 

Gretchen Farley, Park Tudor (IN): At the IHSAA State Track and Field Championships, the University of Notre Dame recruit won the 800m in record-breaking fashion. She crossed the finish line in 2:04.95 to set a new state meet record and move up to US No. 4. She also finished sixth in the 3,200m. 

Tatum David, Olney Richland County (IL): David set a new lifetime best and US No. 2 time in the mile at the HOKA Festival of Miles. The Virginia signee clocked a 4:37.79 to finish sixth in the professional field. 

Nonah Waldron, Oak Park (MI): At the MHSAA State Championships, Waldron set a Michigan all-time mark in the 300mH. En route to her second 300mH title, Walrdon sprinted a 40.37 to move up to US No. 12 all-time. The University of Southern California signee also won the 100mH in 13.56. 

Camden Bentley, Gah. Lincoln (OH): The Kentucky recruit clocked a 13.27 (+2.0) in the 100mH prelim before she defended her state title in 13.34 (-0.4). This ranks Bentley US No. 4 amongst all wind-legal performances this season. She also won the 300mH in 42.02. 

Juliette Laracuente-Huebner, Marengo Highland (OH): The University of Cincinnati signee won four golds (high jump, long jump, 100mH, and 200m) at the OHSAA Division II State Championships. As a result, her individual performances earned a runner-up team finish for Marengo Highland. She cleared 5-10.75 in the high jump to set a No. 5 all-time Ohio state performance and leaped 19-11 in the long jump. Laracuente-Huebner ran 24.23 in the 200m and 13.64w in the 100mH. 

Llyric Driscoll, Western Branch (VA): At the VHSL Class 6A State Championship, Driscoll leaped to a US No. 1 triple jump performance of 42-7.5 (-2.1) for the title. 

NPOTW Outdoor Season Winners:

NPOTW Indoor Season Winners