Grossman wins Gatorade honor a fourth time

Seabury Hall senior Dakota Grossman was named the Gatorade Hawaii Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for 2013-14 on Wed-nesday.

Grossman is one of only four runners from any state to receive the Gatorade honor for cross country four times.

She won her fourth state championship in October on Kauai, becoming the second runner, boy or girl, in Hawaii history to win four titles, and first to do so at the three-mile distance.

The award began in 2007 and “recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course.”

Grossman, who was the fastest Hawaii competitor at the 2013 Nike Cross Northwest Championships, earning 24th place, has a 3.56 GPA and has volunteered locally on behalf of Seabury’s “Art With Heart” program, served as a student council representative and volunteered for several charity road races.

Grossman is eligible for the Gatorade national award, which will be presented later this month.