This award started in 2005, and back years were rewarded at the banquet that year too. The award was started to reward the best freshmen on the Centerville Cross Country team. With over 125 men on the roster the freshmen are sometimes pushed to the back and forgotten at the banquet and post-season awards banquet because it is extremely rare that a freshmen helps Centerville in the post-season tournament. When in 2005 Shawn Roberts made a mark on the team the award started to reward the great accomplishments of the freshmen class (or as Coach Somerlot calls them 'froggies').
In 2009, the
award will forever be named after one of the greatest distance runners in Centerville history- Shawn Roberts.