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The way it was: Simpson Award  1987
Jenelle Brown, center, winner of the Simpson Award, with parents Kathy and Richard Brown, pictured on June 22, 1987. File photo/Joe Sova

The way it was: Simpson Award -- 1987

Jun 23, 2013 - Staff

One of the best high school athletes ever to run the tracks and hardwood floors of Fremont County was honored in the early days of summer 1987 with Wyoming's top award for high school competitors.

Riverton High School's Jenelle Brown was that year's recipient of the Simpson Award, honoring the state's outstanding student athlete.

She won nine Class 4-A state track and field championships and graduated with four state records. Hurdling was her specialty, but she also excelled in the long sprints.

Brown also was an all-state volleyball player and all-conference basketball player for the Wolverines during an outstanding era of girls sports for Riverton. Her classmate, Marcy Befus, was the winner of the Mower Award as the top Big Horn Basin region athlete a few weeks earlier, and she was nominated for the Simpson Award as well.