High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Connor Rog

Connecticut Boys XC ROY: Connor Rog

January, 23, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys 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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Connor Rog

THE BASICS

School: Fairfield College Prep (Fairfield, Conn.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Rog raced to the Class LL individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:50, leading the Jesuits to the state title as a team. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he also won the State Open Championships in 15:22 and finished second at the New England Cross Country Championships with a time of 15:27. He earned victories at the Wickham Park Invitational, the Wilton Invitational, the Woods Trail Run, the Jesuit Championships and the Southern Connecticut Conference Championships, and finished 18th nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

Academic excellence: Rog has maintained a 3.20 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a talented musician, he has volunteered on behalf of a local nursing home and participated in a service-mission trip to help disabled children in Jamaica.

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Eye on POY: Connecticut boys cross country

January, 4, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys 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 state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Connor Rog
Senior, Fairfield College Prep (Fairfield, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class LL)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:50

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 9th—16:03.1
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 18th—15:34.10

Harry Warnick
Senior, Fairfield Warde High (Fairfield, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 6th (Class L)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:05

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 13th—16:20.4

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Return of the ROY: Conn.'s Connor Rog

October, 17, 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 …

Return of the ROY: Connor Rog
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSConnor Rog is the returning Gatorade Connecticut Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Connor Rog

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Senior

School: Fairfield College Prep (Conn.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-5

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 Class LL meet individual champion ... 2010 State Open individual runner-up ... 2010 New England Championships third-place finisher ... 2010 Foot Locker Northeast Regional 21st-place finisher

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