High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Dakota Grossman

Hawaii Girls XC ROY: Dakota Grossman

January, 12, 2012
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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

THE BASICS

School: Seabury Hall (Makawao, Hawaii)
Grade: Sophomore
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

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.

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Eye on POY: Hawaii Girls Cross Country

January, 9, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These athletes made a case, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Dakota Grossman
Sophomore, Seabury Hall (Makawao, HI)

2011 Team postseason standing: Fifth
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—19:27.5

Elli Brady
Junior, Punahou (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team postseason standing: Second
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Second—19:47.3

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Return of the ROY: Hawaii's Dakota Grossman

October, 26, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Dakota Grossman

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Sophomore

School: Seabury Hall (Hawaii)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-4

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Hawaii Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 Maui Interscholastic League Runner of the Year ... 2010 Foot Locker West Regional 53rd-place finisher ... 2010 state meet individual champion

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