High school cross country: Trouard multitalented and multi-titled

2012-11-02T00:00:00Z High school cross country: Trouard multitalented and multi-titledMatt Lundgren Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 02, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Salpointe Catholic senior Andy Trouard earned eight state titles last school year.

He plans to add a few more this year starting with Saturday's state cross country meet in Cave Creek.

The eight titles came in swimming, soccer and track and field and included team crowns, individual events and relays.

After a breakout junior season on the track, he swapped soccer for cross country this fall in hopes of earning a scholarship.

Trouard is being recruited by Texas, Northern Arizona, Pennsylvania and Cal Poly.

"I think he is looking for which school will offer him enough where he could get an academic scholarship on top of the athletic," Salpointe coach Malisa Carino said. "He's looking where he can find the best deal."

He is one of the favorites to win the Division II crown Saturday, especially after a sub-15-minute sectional run over 3.1 miles last week in Marana and victory at the Doug Conley Invitational earlier this season. The Lancers should also contend for the team title.

"An individual title is looking pretty good just looking at times so far, and our team really has the potential to do really well in state," Trouard said.

Trouard could end his high school career with 15 state championships.

Here's a look at the eight he won during the 2011-12 school year:

State titles 1-3

What: Division II boys state swim meet

Championships won: Team title, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay

Quotable: "Going into the finals, we were predicted to win," Trouard said. "All the people on my team, including me, had great races, and we pretty much knew we were going to win before I swam. ... It was a good environment, and we knew we were going to do well. When we finally won it, it was great."

State title 4

What: Division II boys soccer state championship game

Championship won: Team title

Quotable: "We had a great team. I wasn't first string, and I was OK with that," the outside midfielder said. "I got to play some and was happy that we won."

State title 5-8

What: Division II boys state track meet

Championships won: Team title, 800-, 1,600-, 3,200-meter runs

Quotable: "I had just ran the mile earlier that day, so I was kind of tired and started off slow" in the 800, he said. "I was probably in fifth place with 200 to go, and then I just kicked it. I think I was pretty lucky to catch the two lead guys and pass them right at the very end. ... "We were a small team, we didn't have any sprinters and I honestly wasn't even thinking about a team championship, but after the two-mile is when people started to think we were going to win. It felt so good."

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Activate

Latest Sports Video

More videos

Hansen: UA Fiesta Bowl history

Greg and Ryan discuss the last time the Wildcats faced off in the Fiesta Bowl.


Follow the Arizona Daily Star