The 5-foot-9, 140-pound senior raced to the bronze medal at the Nike Cross Northeast Regional Championships in a time of 15:53.7 this past season, earning his first berth to nationals, where he placed 29th. Hergenrother also won the New England Championships, leading the Tigers to the team title. In two other notable interstate successes, he took third in the featured race at the Manhattan Invitational and placed eighth in the Race of Champions at the Great American Cross Country Festival.
Hergenrother has maintained a 5.00 weighted GPA in the classroom. He will attend Princeton University this fall, where he will compete on the cross country and track teams.
Hergenrother has volunteered more than 100 hours tutoring fellow students in Advanced Placement Physics, Calculus and Chemistry. Also treasurer and previously a senator student government, he worked with local businesses to multiply funding for the Bridgeport Field of Dream Foundation’s “Kicks For Kids” program, in initiative he earmarked through a grant received via Gatorade’s Play It Forward program after winning last year’s award.