Mikiah Brisco wins Gatorade award

Baton Rouge High’s Mikiah Brisco was selected as the 2012-13 Gatorade Louisiana Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Brisco led the Bulldogs to the Class 5A outdoor track title to cap her junior season, winning three individual events and anchoring one relay to a first-place finish.

“I’m excited about it,” Brisco said of the award. “I feel really blessed to get an honor like this. It’s definitely something I wasn’t expecting.

“Louisiana has a lot of talented runners. This definitely makes me want to work even harder for next year.”

Brisco set a 5A record while winning the 100-meter hurdles in 13.87 seconds at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Outdoor Track Meet last month at LSU. Moments later, she won the 100 meters in 11.55 seconds.

After anchoring BRHS’ 4x100 relay to victory with a time of 47.35 seconds, Brisco won the 200 meters in 23.85 seconds.

Brisco went on to win the 100 meters in 11.69 at the prestigious Golden West Invitational earlier this month in Berkley, Calif. She placed fourth in the 200 meters.

In the classroom, Brisco has a 3.66 grade-point average. She also was the track MVP of The Advocate’s All-Metro team and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State teams.

“She’s very, very competitive and gives her all, all the time,” Baton Rouge High coach Zach Winfield said.

“She’s a very humble kid, but she’s such a fighter. You know if a race is close, she’s going to get it done.”

Winning the Louisiana honor makes Brisco a finalist for Gatorade’s national track athlete award that will be announced in the weeks ahead.