Demi Washington / Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger
After helping lead the Clinton High Lady Arrows to the 2014 MHSAA Class 6A Girls track and field state championship, the honors continue to flow for Demi Washington.
“I knew that I was nominated and had a chance,” said Washington , who won the Mississippi High School Activities Association state championship Class 6A 100-meter dash with a time of 11.81 seconds and the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.06 seconds in the championship meet in May.
Washington also led in the 4x100 relay to a state record of 46.14 seconds, then paced the 4x200 relay team to another state record time of 1.37.58. She was recently named Miss Track and Field of the year by The Clarion Ledger for the second straight year.
“I am very honored and thankful to my teammates, Coach (Jonathan) Perkins, and all our track coaches that helped me achieve this honor,” Washington said.
For 29 years, the Gatorade Co. in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports has sponsored the award. It recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also a high standard of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track. Washington now becomes a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, to be named later this month.
Off the field, Demi has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom. She is a volunteer for the Salvation Army and her church’s youth ministry.
Perkins, the Lady Arrows track and field coach, helped lead the team to back-to-back state championships.
“Demi is one of the best female athletes that I have ever coached,” said Perkins. “She is very dedicated and determined to try to be the best girls track athlete to ever run in the state of Mississippi.
“She is such a good leader for our team, and she has many great years ahead of her. It is an awesome accomplishment. Our track program has been very blessed with all the accomplishments that we have been receiving. That speaks very highly for our coaches, student-athletes, and parents to their commitment to excellence.”
Washington, a two-time All-American Junior Olympics winner in summer 2013, is taking a short break this summer from running. “But my dad is working me out hard with conditioning exercises and lifting weights every day,” she said. “Track, like other sports, has become a full year-round training program.
“I think we’ve got a good chance to win the state championship again next year, and it is my goal to break my own record next spring.”