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Masciarelli named Gatorade Player of the Year
THOMPSON — Recent Marianapolis graduate Sydney Masciarelli has been named this year’s Gatorade Connecticut Track & Field Player of the Year.
Masciarelli was also named Connecticut Track & Field Player of the Year for 2018-19.
She’s been named Gatorade Connecticut Cross Country Player of the Year twice, for 2018-19 and 2020-21.
“I’m thankful and honored each time I receive a prestigious award like this.  It means a lot to end my high school career with a reward that represents all of the hard work I have put in over the last four years,” Masciarelli said.
During her time at Marianapolis, Masciarelli broke several records and won multiple titles.
She won the 2018 Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championship (17:12), 2018 Foot Locker National Championship (17:00), and 2019 New Balance Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, as well as being a NEPSTA D III Track & Field Champion and a NEPSTA D IV Cross Country Champion.
Her records include beating Olympian Shalane Flanagan’s under-18 record at the Mayor’s Cup in Boston with a time of 17:04, the female world record for the fastest mile while dribbling a basketball with a time of 5:08.57, and multiple school records.
Masciarelli’s most recent accomplishment was breaking the national high school 2000-meter steeplechase record with a time of 6:25.35 this past June.
“We are so proud of Sydney’s setting a national record!” said Marianapolis Track & Field head coach David DiCicco.
“Her record-breaking performance is a testament not only to her talent but the incredible effort and focus she brings to her training and indeed everything she does. We are excited to cheer Sydney on as she continues her running career next year at UNC.”
Next season, Masciarelli joins DI University of North Carolina cross country and track & field teams to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.”
Gatorade will also donate $1,000 to a sports-based organization of Masciarelli’s choice through their Play It Forward incentive.


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