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High school Athlete of the Season for boys’ indoor track

  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) reacts after right wing Pascal Dupuis (9) scored during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in New York. Crosby was named to Canada's men's national hockey team for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) reacts after right wing Pascal Dupuis (9) scored during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in New York. Crosby was named to Canada's men's national hockey team for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) reacts after right wing Pascal Dupuis (9) scored during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in New York. Crosby was named to Canada's men's national hockey team for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

BRENDAN POLICHRONOPOULOS

School: Merrimack Valley High

Honors: The senior won the 600 at the Division II championships and also helped MV finish second in the 4x800 relay, leading the Pride to a fourth-place finish.

3 favorites: Fishing, sports, and World of Warcraft

You were third in the 600 as a junior. How much of a goal was it to win the race in your final year? I really wanted to see how much faster I could get after my junior year’s race. I was the top returner, but there were a few guys who got some faster times in at different facilities. Not being the top seed at the meet definitely made it a bigger goal for me to win.

Which performance were you happier with, your win in the 600 or the near-win in the 4x800? I am happy for myself that I was able to step it up from a rough season and win the 600, but that 4x800 really showed what track and field was about, pushing as hard as you can and screaming at your teammates until the finish line. I’d say I was equally as happy.

What are the thoughts going through your head in the seconds before the race begins? The 600 was different, I had a strategy I was focusing on for the start of the race, but usually I am focusing on keeping my nerves down and thinking positive. I try to envision finishing the race.

How nervous do you get before a race? It depends on the race and where it is. A longer-distance race I am usually not nervous at all, but the 600 and 400 is hard to cope with nerves because you can make the smallest mistake and not be able to catch back up. Obviously championship races make me more nervous than regular-season races.

Do you have a training routine? Track training can get very complicated. I work hard every day.

If you could have added another event to your repertoire, which would it have been? I can pretty much run any high school event on the track that I am put in competitively. On the field side, I’d like to work on long jump a bit more, just for fun.

Do you prefer running indoor or outdoor? Outdoor. The air is much more fresh, you can train in a lot more places and during outdoor meets I can hear other athletes I am competing against, which makes racing strategy easier.

What are some of your superstitions? Don’t drop the baton. I also wrap my spikes in my jersey and shorts before I go to bed the night before meets.

What’s the best course you’ve taken to this point in school? Biotechnology. I love science and engineering.

Do you have a secret talent? I can play guitar pretty well.

What do you never leave home without? My phone, I need to keep in touch.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Training and job opportunity aside, I love New Hampshire. New York is four hours away, the beach is about an hour away, we have all four seasons. Woods, rivers, lakes, mountains. N.H. has it all. Besides deserts, but who needs those?

What’s your favorite movie? I have a few, but the first “Insidious” is probably my favorite.

If you could have any job (disregarding pay), which would it be? I’m pursuing my dream job as a pharmacologist starting off with a biochemistry degree in college.

What are your plans for next season? Do they involve track? Next indoor season, unless plans change, I will be running indoor and outdoor track at Stonehill College.

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