Brianna Pinto | Durham, N.C. | Soccer
This is an article from the July 20, 2015 issue
Brianna, an attacking midfielder at Jordan High, scored 24 goals and had eight assists as a freshman to lead the Falcons (14-4-1) to the Class 4A tournament. In the U-17 NTC Women's Invitational final in February she scored once to help the U.S. beat Japan 3--1. The state's Gatorade player of the year, Brianna has committed to North Carolina.
Michael Norman | Murrieta, Calif. | Track and Field
Michael, a rising senior at Vista Murrieta High, set California records in the 200 meters (20.30) and the 400 (45.19) at the state meet while leading the Broncos to the Southern Section Division 1 title. Michael, whose time in the 400 remains the best in the nation this season, also won the Adidas Grand Prix Dream 100 race in June, with a 10.36.
Hannah Zhao | Del Mar, Calif. | Tennis
Hannah, a rising sophomore at Torrey Pines High, swept teammate Kelsey Chen to win the San Diego Section singles championship and lift the Falcons to their 25th straight section title. Ranked 22nd in the U.S. among girls 16 and under, Hannah won two national U-16 tournaments this spring and reached the national Easter Bowl round of 16.
Jack Massei | Cary, N.C. | Golf
Jack, a rising sophomore at Green Hope High, shot a low score of 68 in the qualifying round of the state junior boys' championship. He then won six matches in three days at The Country Club of Salisbury. In April, Jack helped Green Hope win the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference title and was named first team all conference.
Lucy Cheadle | Seattle | Track and Field
Cheadle, as a senior at Division III Washington University in St. Louis, won a third national title with a repeat victory in the outdoor 3,000 steeplechase (10:25.32). In March she won the indoor 5,000 meters. A chemical engineering major who graduated with a 3.80 GPA, she was named track's D-III Academic All-America of the Year.
Gideon Oji | Imane-in-Koji, Nigeria | Competitive Eating
Oji, a 6'9" senior and former center for Division II Clayton State in Morrow, Ga., ate 16 hot dogs to win a Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier in Charlotte; at the Coney Island main event he downed 19 to tie for 13th out of 16 competitors. Gideon, who averaged one point in 2014--15, was the only college athlete at the Major League Eating event.
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