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Fairfield Prep Runner Earns SportsNight Salute

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield Prep runner Connor Rog will be honored as the Fairfield Sports Person of the Year at the seventh annual Fairfield County SportsNight dinner on Oct. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

Rog had a fantastic junior year at Fairfield Prep as a cross country runner in the fall and as a distance runner during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. Rog was named the 2010-11 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

He got his excellent cross country postseason rolling by winning the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL race at Wickham Park with a time of 15:58, which was 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Alex Levine of Danbury. That performance led the Jesuits to fourth place.

The 5-foot-5 Rog then ran seven seconds faster and placed second in the State Open at Wickham Park, just one second behind winner Bryan Fowler (15:50), a senior from Tolland. Rog was the top Connecticut finisher at the New England Cross Country championships, where he placed third.

Before that, Rog was also the individual champion at the Wickham Park Invitational, the Bethel Invitational and the Southern Connecticut Conference Cross Country Championships. He was an All-SCC, All-State and All-New England selection in cross country.

Rog also excelled during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. Rog was a double champion at the CIAC Class LL Boys Indoor Track and Field Championships. He set a meet record of 4:21.8 while winning the 1,600 meters and then won the 3,200 in 9:36.66. One week later, he won the State Open's 3,200 race in 9:25.28.

During the outdoor season, Rog won the 3,200-meter race by 12 seconds with a time of 9:20.98 in the CIAC Class LL Boys Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He finished up state competition by placing second in the 3,200 (9:19.07) in the State Open, finishing behind Fowler (9:09.83).

The newest members of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame and 15 Sports Persons of the Year from county communities will be recognized at the dinner Sports personalities scheduled to attend are former Yankees pitcher Tommy John; ex-New York Giants football player Bob Hyland; Lowes Moore, who played with the New Jersey Nets; former world boxing champion Travis Simms; and Wes Matthews, a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tickets are priced at $125. For information call Tom Chiappetta at 203-984-4806 or via email at tomchip21@aol.com .

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