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Heritage Hall’s Daphne Matthews named 2019-20 Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Heritage Hall’s Daphne Matthews was named Thursday the 2019-20 Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. 

Matthews, who will be a senior next season, is a four-time Class 4A state champion. She placed first in the 400- and 800-meter runs as a freshman and sophomore. She also won the 800-meter event at the National Junior Olympic Championships in 2019 for the 15 to 16 age group.

“Daphne has the unique ability to excel at sprint distance, middle distance and distance,” Heritage Hall coach Dylan Sullivan said in a release. “The dedication she devotes to her craft is staggering, and it’s not lost on her teammates, as they constantly strive to match her efforts.”       

Matthews, who has a 3.92 grade-point average, is the first girls track and field athlete from Heritage Hall to win the award, which recognizes athletic and academic success and exemplary character. 

Matthews is now a finalist for Gatorade’s National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. The winner will be announced this month. 

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Heritage Hall's Daphne Matthews has won four Class 4A state titles. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Heritage Hall's Daphne Matthews has won four Class 4A state titles. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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