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(Thu) October 28, 2010

HHSAA CROSS COUNTRY: Seabury Hall’s Grossman captures individual crown, Punahou girls win sixth-straight title

By Edward Jackson

Freshman Dakota Grossman of Seabury Hall ran away from the pack early en route to winning the girls individual title of the Honolulu Marathon/HHSAA Cross Country State Championships held on Thursday, October 28th at Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipahu, Oahu.

Grossman crossed the finish line of the three-mile race in 19:25.50 and more than 30 yards ahead of second place finisher Elli Brady of Punahou (19:37.40).

From the start, Grossman immediately sprinted out to the front along with a small group of runners then she gradually escaped that pack of lead runners and established a substantial early lead.

The quick start allowed Grossman to race comfortably in front alone for the vast majority of the race. After the midway point it was clear that Grossman was having a fantastic race and no one was able to catch her down the stretch.

“I’ve been really competitive all of this season so I came over here to Honolulu with great confidents that I could win,” Grossman said after the race. “I was really excited at the start of the race. Running at states has been a goal of mine all season long. So I just ran as hard as I could.”

Punahou won the girls team title for the sixth-straight year recording a low score of 48 points. Members of that team were Brady, Julia Brand (9th place in 20:37.10), Kyleigh Mann (10th place in 20:38.00), Melissa Wong (11th place in 20:43.35), and Noe Lum (16th place in 20:52.25).

Hawaii Prep came in second place in the team competition with 70 points followed by Kamehameha-Kapalama (118), Seabury (130), Mililani (148), Hawaii Baptist (149), Iolani (160), Leilehua (238), Pearl City (246), Baldwin (248), Maui (251), Hilo (271), and Honokaa (335).

“I knew that if I got out to a big lead that it would be hard for anyone to catch me. That’s how I raced all of the time. Just go out there and try to stay in front,” Grossman said. “I was so nervous at the beginning and I think that helped give me the feeling that I must do well.”

Grossman said she started running at an early age and soon after discovered that running was her true love.