2021 - 2022 MISSISSIPPI
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
KENNEDI
SANDERS
SPRINTS
MADISON RIDGELAND ACADEMY
MADISON, MISSISSIPPI
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-6
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
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MAIS 6A STATE MEET - 100M
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MAIS 6A STATE MEET - 200M
1ST
MAIS 6A STATE MEET - 400M
“Sanders is a talented sprinter with excellent range. She closed out her career in style with three individual titles at the state meet and shared in her team’s record-breaking 4-x-100 relay clocking. She graduated having staked a claim as a ‘different-level’ competitor with three national Top 100 times, including No. 25 in the 400.”
Erik Boal
an editor at Dyestat

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-6 senior sprinter won three individual state titles (in 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash) along with a shared relay crown at the MAIS 6A State Meet this past season, leading the Jaguars to the team title. Sanders added two more victories in the 200 and 400 at the Mississippi T&F Meet of Champions. Sanders’ six gold medals came at distances from 100 to 400 meters. In this spring’s MAIS 6A 4x100-meter relay, she ran the anchor leg for a foursome that clocked a 49.23 to break an all-class MAIS record set in 1972. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, her season-best times in the 100 (11.75) and 200 (24.02) both ranked among the nation’s Top 65 girls prep competitors in 2022. At the time of her selection, Sanders’ season-best clocking of 54.09 in the 400 was tied for the nation’s No. 25 time among prep girls in 2022. A USA Track & Field Southern Association All-American, she graduated as the MAIS all-class state record-holder in 200 and 400, and the MAIS Class 5A record-holder in 100.

Academic Achievement


Sanders has maintained a 3.39 weighted GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at LSU this fall.

Exemplary Character


A member of the Youth Restoration Community Church, Sanders has served on behalf of its youth ministry, assisting adolescents. She has also volunteered with the church community’s Youth Initiative, feeding families in need on holidays and assisting with backpack giveaways to underserved children. This spring, she organized track clinics for local elementary and middle school girls.