Female athlete of the year in track and field: Gianna Locci

When it comes to her competitors, Gianna Locci isn’t interested in sharing the wealth when it comes to standing highest on the medal podium in her track and field events.

Locci, a senior from Stillwater bound for Duke University in the fall, was selected outdoor track and field athlete of the year for the second straight season following a performance at the State and Federation Championships with three state titles and one crown of the Federation. .

Locci’s will to win, the hallmark of a champion, is often a quality that cannot be taught; you have it or you don’t. And her drive was on full display as she took over behind two runners for her anchor leg of the Division II 400-meter relay.

“For the four-on-one, I knew where we were, I knew I wanted to win for my team,” Locci said. “At sections we were behind and I had girls in front of me and I did it so I knew even if it was states I could catch them.”

Locci rallied during her contribution in the 100 yards to lead Stillwater to the state title.


“I think I’ve been lucky to have a mindset where I’m very motivated and very competitive,” Locci said. “I like to win. I don’t like to let other people win, so I knew I had to be ahead and when I do that I tend to go all the way. It was amazing, everyone was so excited. It was nice to end the senior season with these awesome girls.

Locci struggled early in the season with a lingering ankle injury carried over from the indoor season, but the injury was not a factor in the United States. This was demonstrated by the all-time best Section II long jump of 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to win the title before eventually winning the Federation title in the same event that allowed him to aim his state title in the 200 meters.

“I don’t know if it was because I had so many events and competitions in mind or if it was because it was completely healed,” Locci said. “It didn’t bother me at all. It bothered me a bit at state qualifying, but it wasn’t a problem in the US.

Sean Martin, a local freelance writer, is a frequent contributor to The Times Union.

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