Jayden Ulrich Named IL Girls Gatorade Athlete Of The Year

"The pandemic slowed her down and cost Jayden [Ulrich] possible titles, but she continued to work, lifting and throwing very diligently. She set goals and then surpassed every one of them."

Russ Colona, Head Coach - East Alton-Wood River HS



The 5-foot-9 senior won both the discus throw and the shot put at the Class 2A State Championship this past season, launching the former a meet-record 160 feet, 6.75 inches, and hurling the latter 48-8.25. Ulrich set new state records with her season-best efforts in both events: 51-10.75 in the shot put and 168-1.75 in the discus. She also swept the two events at the National Throws Festival.


Ulrich has maintained a 3.64 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Indiana University Bloomington this fall.


Ulrich has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs.