Track star Galloway picks up Gatorade hat trick - photo

Graves County’s Sophie Galloway leaps in the triple jump event during the 2019 KHSAA Class 3A First Region Track and Field Meet at Henderson County High School. Galloway was recently named a three-time Gatorade Girls Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year for Kentucky.

Sophie Galloway has multi-sport talent, having shown it on the basketball court, the track and jump runway.

While hockey isn’t listed among her athletic endeavors, the Graves County High School senior-to-be picked up a hat trick by being named a three-time Gatorade Kentucky Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year for 2019-20.

The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of

the Year award, to be announced in June, Galloway joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Lolo Jones (1997-98, Roosevelt High School, Iowa), Allyson Felix (2002-03, Los Angeles Baptist High School, Calif.), Robert Griffin III (2006-07, Copperas Cove High School, Texas), Grant Fisher (2013-14 & 2014-15, Grand Blanc High School, Mich.) and Candace Hill (2014-15, Rockdale County High School, Ga.).

The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the 6 foot junior set a state record this winter in the triple jump. Galloway’s record-setting leap of 40 feet, 2.25 inches at the Music City High School Indoor Invitational ranked as the nation’s No. 7 mark among prep competitors during the 2020 indoor season.

A five-time state champion, Galloway also owns the state outdoor triple-jump record of 40-7. She won the long jump and triple jump at the Class AAA Outdoor state meet as a freshman and sophomore, and she finished second in both events as an 8th grader.

Galloway has established her own track and field scholarship fund to annually benefit a graduating Graves County High athletes. She has also volunteered locally as a youth track coach, and she has donated her time on behalf of multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit special-needs children and a women’s shelter.

“Not only has Sophie become a better jumper and hurdler in the last year, she has added more events to her repertoire and become more versatile,” said Graves head track and field coach Bobby Potts. “She is blossoming into a full multi-event athlete.”

Galloway has maintained a 3.75 GPA in the classroom. She will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

Galloway joins recent Gatorade Kentucky Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Michaela Reinhart (2016-17, Lexington Catholic High School), Lily Lowe (2015-16, Calloway County High School) and Kianna Gray (2014-15, 2013-2014 & 2012-2013, North Hardin High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.