Grossman earns third consecutive Gatorade award

Seabury Hall senior Dakota Grossman was named the Gatorade Hawaii 2012-13 Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year on Friday, winning the award for a third consecutive time after claiming a third straight state championship 2 1/2 months ago.

Grossman, who has a combined six state gold medals in cross country and track and field, won October’s state cross country meet on the Big Island in 20 minutes, 21.9 seconds, helping the Spartans take the inaugural Division II team title.

The Gatorade award recognizes “athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the race course.” In naming Grossman the winner, Gatorade noted her 3.61 grade-point average, volunteer work with multiple charity races and service on the Seabury student council.

Grossman was the top Hawaii finisher in December’s Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championships in California, placing 61st.

Maui Interscholastic League runners have won four of the last five Gatorade awards – King Kekaulike graduate Bailey Massenburg was the 2008-09 recipient.