It’s been a busy, but memorable week for Sarah Baxter.
And the Simi Valley standout didn’t even run a race.
Baxter attended the Gatorade National Athlete of the Year awards ceremony Tuesday in West Hollywood, followed Wednesday by a trip to the ESPY Awards with her fellow Gatorade nominees.
The six-time state champion and two-time national champ continued to reap the benefits of a record-setting athletic year Friday when Cal-Hi Sports chose Baxter as its Junior State Female Athlete of the Year.
Harvard-Westlake’s Courtney Corrin, also a state champ who set national ninth-grade and age-group records in the long jump, was honored as Cal-Hi Sports’ Freshman State Female Athlete of the Year.
Chelsea Chenault, a recent graduate of Carondelet of Concord who will attend USC in the fall, became the first swimmer since Long Beach Wilson graduate and U.S. Olympian Jessica Hardy in 2004-05 to be selected Cal-Hi Sports State Female Athlete of the Year.
Chenault helped set the national independent school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay, leading off in 49.27 seconds – her fifth career North Coast Section record – to contribute to Carondelet’s mark of 3:20.42. She was already a member of the national independent record in the 200 medley relay in 2011.
Chenault recently swam on the U.S. 800-meter freestyle relay that won gold at the World University Games in Russia and she will represent her country again at the FINA World Championships in August in Barcelona,
Corrin recently returned from the IAAF World Youth Track and Field Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, placing fifth in the long jump.
Corrin set the national freshman and 15-year-old records with her 21-foot long jump June 25 at the World Youth trials at Southern Illinois.
She also captured a state long jump title June 1 in Clovis, in addition to helping Harvard-Westlake reach the Southern Section Div. I soccer semifinals and training with the U.S. 17-under national team.
Baxter repeated as Nike Cross Nationals champion, won her third straight Southern Section and state cross country titles, and set the all-time course record at Mt. San Antonio College. She also won her third Southern Section and state 3,200-meter crowns in a row.
Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil earned state honorable mention sophomore recognition after setting a pair of Southern Section Div. I records. The award for the state’s top sophomore female athlete went to Mater Dei basketball star Katie Lou Samuelson.
Chaminade graduate Abbi Williams – the Div. I girls soccer player of the year – was an honorable mention state Div. III selection, with former Campbell Hall tennis star Zoe Katz – a four-time Southern Section doubles champ – receiving state Div. IV honorable mention accolades.
Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland’s Kendall “K.C.” Waters was recognized as the state’s top Div. III female athlete and Sutter’s Erica Linch was the Div. IV award winner.