Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls athlete of the week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performances from April 18-24.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

(Scroll to the bottom for the poll)

Samira Kennedy, Castilleja track and field: Junior ran a personal best 4:49.37 in the 1,600 meters at the CCS Top 8 meet Friday. According to athletic.net, it’s the 7th-best time in the state and 22nd-best in the country this year for high school girls. Also posted a personal best of 2:10.72 in the 800, ranking her No. 2 in CCS.

Danielle Koo, Menlo-Atherton softball: RHP/3B did her best work at the plate during a 4-0 week for M-A. Was 11 for 15 with 12 runs and six RBIs. Hit for the cycle in an 18-8 win over Tennyson. The sophomore has .590 BA and 17 extra-base hits. As a pitcher, she is 4-3 with five complete games.

Zoe Lahanas, Clayton Valley Charter swimming: Sophomore won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke in a meet with Concord, Mt. Diablo and Pittsburg. Her time of 1:05.78 in the backstroke was a personal best. Also a top track athlete, she has the fourth-best 400-meters time in NCS at 58.28 seconds, set last week. She is CVC’s all-time record-holder in the 400, according to athletic.net, with records dating back to 1985.

Ashley Rosati, Monte Vista track and field: Junior threw the shot put a personal best 37-feet, 8 inches at the Sacramento Meet of Champions Saturday. It was the top mark in the North Coast Section this season and placed her fifth overall in the Open Division at the Sacramento meet.

Hannah Rutherford, Mountain View track and field: Frosh sprinter ran personal bests in the 100, 200 and 400 meters at the CCS Top 8 meet Friday. Took over as this season’s CCS leader in the 200 and 400 with times of 25.02 and 55.88 seconds, respectively. Her 12.24 mark in the 100 is third in CCS.

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Source:: The Mercury News


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