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Grossman's amazing run rolls on, wins state XC again

October 26, 2012 - Robert Collias
Seabury Hall's Dakota Grossman became just the fifth Hawaii athlete to win three cross country titles when she won the HHSAA/Honolulu Marathon Championships girls crown today on the Hawaii Preparatopry Academy course in Kamuela on the Big Island.

The sixth state championship of Grossman's career — she also has two 3,000-meter crowns and a 1,500 title in track — ties her for second all-time among Maui Interscholastic League athletes, one behind all-time leader Tia Ferguson of Seabury Hall in the early 2000s — Ferguson won seven state running crowns before competing for Duke University.

Grossman, a junior, tied Baldwin swimmer Cheyne Bloch, Lahainaluna swimmer Jack Pope, and King Kekaulike runner Bailey Massenburg with six.

Next fall, Grossman can match Punahou's Eri Macdonald as the only four-time state cross country champion in Hawaii history — Macdonald did it from 1995-98 before competing at the University of Oregon.

The Spartans team of Grossman, Ally Smith, Lia Matsunaga, Christy Fell, Jenna Loesberg, Natalie Rothman and Kiana Smith finished fifth overall with 207 points, behind Punahou (42), Hawaii Prep (72), Kamehameha Kapalama (186) and Mid-Pacific Institute (205). That is a team trophy for the Spartans in the new Division II competition, either first or second behind MPI (not sure if the Owls are D-I or D-II, but I know the first three are D-I). The only girls team state title in Seabury Hall history is the 1990 cross country crown under coach John Weinert.

Baldwin's James Pearson was the top MIL boy finisher in eighth. The MIL team champion Seabury Hall boys finished ninth and the Maui High boys finished 11th, one year after taking home the runner-up trophy.

Sports editor Brad Sherman is on the case for the full story on Grossman's latest victory for Saturday's paper, so pick it up or check back here for a lot more.


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