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Roese wins East Ridge Apollo award

Senior track and cross country running standout Nate Roese has been named as the East Ridge High School Apollo Award winner.

Senior Nate Roese has built a legacy over the past four years at East Ridge High School. Now, he's being recognized for his efforts.

Roese has been named as the East Ridge High School Apollo Award winner for 2013.

The Apollo Award is given annually to one outstanding male athlete in the senior class. Consideration is given based on excellence and accomplishments in both individual and team sports, throughout the duration of the student-athlete's career. Consideration is given to both one-sport and multi-sport athletes.

Roese is a 12-time letter-winner as a participant in basketball, cross country and track and field.

On the track, Roese is the defending state champion in the 400-meter dash, winning the title in 2012 with a time of 47.79 along with taking fourth in the 200-meter sprint. Roese is a team captain, a two-time All-Conference recipient, and earned All-State twice in the 400-meter dash and once in the 200-meter run. Roese holds the school records in the 200, 400, 800 and as part of the Raptors' 1600-meter relay team. He also qualified for the U.S. Jr. Olympics.

"Nate became a state champion due to his dedication and hard work," East Ridge head track and field coach Shannon Rainey said. "He is extremely focused and pays attention to details. Nate is one of the best leaders I have ever been around in my coaching career."

On the cross country course, Roese is a four-time All-Conference recipient and earned All-State this past fall. He is a team captain and four-time MVP. Roese holds the school record in the 5-kilometer run, and finished 19th in the 2012 Heartland Regional Meet.

"Nate has been a wonderful student-athlete to work with throughout his high school years," East Ridge cross country team head coach Chad Cronin said. "This is due to both his efforts on and off the race course. Nate is a young man who exhibits good character while being competitive. It was especially fun to see his focus on his goals, while leading the team, his senior year."

Roese is an honor roll student, a physical education assistant and a volunteer at the Lake Phalen Triathlon. He intends to pursue a product design and business degree at the University of Minnesota, where he will compete for the Gophers track and field team.