Hushagan and Scott Named Gatorade XC Players of the Year


Gatorade recently announced their state-by-state winners of the 2023 Player of the Year awards for cross country with Minneapolis Southwest Senior Sam Scott and Forest Lake Junior Norah Hushagen collecting the honors for Minnesota. 

Scott, a University of Minnesota commit, saved his best for last this season as the Minneapolis Southwest senior won four races, finished 2nd at Roy Griak, was the Class AAA runner-up at state, and ran the #2 5K time in state history with a time of 14:36.40. For the whole season Scott averaged a whopping 5K average of 15:11.15. Scott finished his season off with a 12th-place finish at NXN. 

Sam Scott 2023 XC Results

12/2Nike Cross Nationals15:29.0012th
11/25Foot Locker Midwest Regional15:20.3015th
11/12NXR Heartland Regional14:36.404th
11/4MSHSL State XC Championships15:07.102nd
10/25Section 6AAA Championships15:13.901st
10/11Minneapolis City Conference 15:08.401st
9/22Roy Griak Invitational15:25.702nd
9/7Hopkins Bauman/Rovn Invite15:03.091st
8/31St. Olaf HS Showcase15:16.501st


Hushagen, a junior for Forest Lake, just finished a remarkable season that saw her win the Class AAA state title, the NXR Heartland Regional title, and six other races alongside her two huge wins. She finished off her season at Nike Cross Nationals where she finished 22nd overall and the top individual Heartland region finisher. Hushagen finished as the #1 5K runner in Minnesota this season with a time of 17:07.30 and ranked #45 nationally for the 5K this fall. 

Norah Hushagen 2023 XC Results

12/2Nike Cross Nationals18:03.7022nd
11/12NXR Heartland Regional17:07.301st
11/4MSHSL State XC Championships17:27.601st
10/26Section 7AAA Championships17:34.731st
10/17Suburban East Conference17:25.441st
10/10Princeton Tiger Invite17:31.701st
9/30Duluth East Lester Park Invite18:39.201st
9/22Roy Griak Invitational18:10.103rd
9/14Saint Francis Invitational18:40.001st
9/7Anoka Steve Hoag Invite17:31.101st