Return of the ROY: Hawaii's Dakota Grossman

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


Academics: B average

Extracurricular activities: student council ... Maui Marathon volunteer

Jared Welch, head coach of rival Maui High: "Dakota Grossman's sportsmanship and performance has made her one of the best around. She was by far the best runner in Hawaii this season, and she is extremely humble."

Each Gatorade State Runner of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls cross country underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Elli Brady JR Punahou School; Breanne Ball SR Iolani; Zoe Sims JR Hawaii Prep

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