Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Anita Nygard
CLASS of 2002 Track and Cross-country ATHLETE
With a burst of speed and athletic grace, Anita became the fastest female hurdler ever to compete for Wenatchee High. Among her accomplishments on the track were two "state championships" as a senior in the 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles. Anita won her first "state championship" as a junior and also finished fourth in the state in that event as a sophomore.

She set and broke her own school records several times, saving the best for last in the state meet by blazing to 43.6 seconds in the 300 hurdles and 14.78 seconds in the 100 hurdles. Anita won many regional and district titles in hurdles events as well as the 400 and 200 meter dashes, was a "first team All-Big 9" selection as both a junior and senior, and "second team All-Big 9" as a sophomore. She was named "Big 9 Track Athlete of the Year" in 2002, and was WHS's "Outstanding Female Track Athlete" three times.

Although distance running was mainly for training purposes, Anita earned "honorable mention All-Big 9" cross-country honors as a junior. She also served as a manager for the wrestling team for two years. Anita was named "Panther Best" and earned eight letters.

She went on to become an outstanding hurdler at Brigham Young University, finishing fourth at the Mountain West Conference Championships in the 400 hurdles as a sophomore and seventh as a freshman. After a sixth place NCAA Regional finish, Anita ran at the NCAA Championships. Injuries ended her track career as a junior. Anita was named "NCW Sports Awards College Female Athlete of the Year" in 2003.

- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.