Kenai Central's Lierin Flanagan was named the 2010 Gatorade Alaska Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday.
Flanagan set a new state record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.95 at the Class 4A state meet held at Lathrop High School in May. She beat the former record by more than a second. The previous record of 57.14 was set by Bartlett's Andrea Crook in 2007. Flanagan also won the 200 with a time of 25.86 and was part of the record-setting 1,600 relay team.
Flanagan, Bailey Beeson, Leah Sandahl and Shaynee DeVito ran a 4:01.72, breaking last year's record-setting mark, also set by Kenai, of 4:04.46. Flanagan, Beeson, DeVito and Kristi Louthan were on the 2009 relay team.
Flanagan holds school records in the 200 and 400. Flanagan has won 14 of the 16 events she's competed in at the Northern Lights Conference meet. Following this year's conference meet, Flanagan was named the most outstanding athlete.
Next year, she will run for Montana State University, a Division I program that competes in the Big Sky Conference.
The State Invitational will be today and Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway. The gates open at 4 p.m., qualifying is at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
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