High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Rapid City Central

South Dakota Boys XC ROY: Tony Smoragiewicz

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.


Return of the ROY: Tony Smoragiewicz
Julie Smoragiewicz/ESPNHSTony Smoragiewicz is the returning Gatorade South Dakota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
THE WINNER: Tony Smoragiewicz

THE BASICS

School: Central (Rapid City, S.D.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Smoragiewicz won the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships this past season with a time of 15:19.6 and qualified for the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals Final, where he finished 11th in 15:38. The 2010-11 Gatorade South Dakota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he earned fifth place at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships in 15:15 and took seventh at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships with a time of 15:24. The 2011 Rapid City Journal Athlete of the Year also raced to his second straight Class AA individual state championship this past season in 15:24.84.

Academic excellence: Smoragiewicz has maintained a 4.04 GPA in the classroom.

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Eye on POY: South Dakota Boys Cross Country

January, 13, 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?

Tony Smoragiewicz
Senior, Rapid City Central (Rapid City, S.D.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 10th (Class AA)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—15:24.84

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): Fifth—15:15
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): Seventh—15:24

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): First—15:19.6
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 11th—15:38

Dyson Lends His Horse
Senior, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (Cheyenne, S.D.)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:14.15

Duane Jongeling
Junior, Parker (S.D.)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class B)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:24.02

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Addison Dehaven: Sophomore, Brookings (S.D.)
Tanner Ahrendt: SR, Rosoevelt (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Cody Herman: JR, Custer (S.D.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.

Return of the ROY: Tony Smoragiewicz

October, 21, 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: Tony Smoragiewicz
Julie Smoragiewicz/ESPNHSTony Smoragiewicz is the returning Gatorade South Dakota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Tony Smoragiewicz

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Senior

School: Rapid City Central (S.D.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-8

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade South Dakota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year ... three-time First Team All-State selection ... 2010 Class AA state meet individual champion ... 2010 Foot Locker Midwest Regional third-place finisher ... 2010 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships third-place finisher ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional individual champion ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Final ninth-place finisher

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