A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
THE WINNER: Dakota Grossman
School: Seabury Hall (Makawao, Hawaii)
Athletic achievement: Grossman raced to her second straight Division I individual state championship this past season with a time of 19:27.5. The 2010-11 Gatorade Hawaii Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she also won her second consecutive Maui Interscholastic League individual championship, breaking the tape in 19:32.
Academic excellence: Grossman has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of area charity road races and has served on her school’s student council.
“Dakota Grossman really dominated this fall, finishing 20 seconds clear of the field at the Hawaii state meet,” said Steve Underwood, senior editor of ESPNHS/Dyestat. “If she keeps improving and has an opportunity to come over to the mainland, she could make a regional and national impact.”
THE FUTURE: Grossman will begin her junior year of high school this fall.