Connor Rog '11 is named Gatorade Connecticut Cross Country Runner of the Year
The Gatorade Company is proud to recognize Connor Rog '11 as the 2010-11 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year!
In its 26th year, the Gatorade Player of the Year award honors top high school student-athletes in 12 varsity sportsfor their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE, the nation's leading sports and lifestyle magazine for teens, and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team. In narrowing and evaluating the list of candidates for Gatorade State Player of the Year honors, ESPN RISE and Gatorade work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists. Thus, the Gatorade Player of the Year award has become the most prestigious award in high school sports.
As Connecticut's honoree for 2010-11, Connor joins the ranks of past Gatorade State Players of the Year, including Alan Webb and Meb Kefiezighi. In addition, he is now eligible for the Gatorade National Boys Cross CountryRunner of the Year award to be announced in late January.
The 5-foot-5 junior raced to the Class LL individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:58, leading the Jesuits to fourth as a team. Rog was the top Connecticut finisher at the New England Cross Country Championships, taking third overall in 16:35.6, and was second at the State Open Championships. He captured victories at the Wickham Park Invitational, the Bethel Invitational and the Southern Connecticut Conference Championships.
"Connor is very tough," said Fairfield Prep head coach Robert Ford Jr. '"He has a great start, a great heart, and he never gives up. He's also a very team-oriented runner and very respectful of others."
Shown above: Connor receiving trophy from Mr. Steve Donahue '92, Athletic Director.