Algoma’s Kennedy Blahnik added some more hardware this week to an already impressive trophy case. Blahnik has been named the Gatorade Wisconsin Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Blahnik won two individual state titles at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse this spring. Blahnik won the Division 3 shot put title with a throw of 49 feet, 1.5 inches and took home the gold in the discus with a toss of 154 feet, three inches. Both were Division 3 state records. Blahnik has won the state title in the shot put and discus the past three seasons.
The Gatorade Wisconsin Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year award not only recognizes athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. Blahnik, who was also a member of Algoma’s Division 4 State Championship girls basketball team, maintained a 4.0 grade point average. She has also served as the treasurer and vice president of her graduating class.
Blahnik was also named the Gatorade Wisconsin Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2012 and becomes the fifth athlete to win the honor twice. Blahnik is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. She plans on competing for the University of Wisconsin women’s track and field team after she graduates next spring.