High school Athlete of the Season for boys’ track & field
School: Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Honors/stats: The senior won his third straight 1,600 and second straight 3,200 at the D-II championships, he won the 1,600 at the MOC, and defended his 1,600 title at New England’s.
3 favorites: Running, music and summer camp
Describe your season in one word. Special
How did it feel to defend your New England title? Your D-II titles? Defending my New England title made me feel I had grown as a runner from being an inexperienced freshman to four years later having to run an extremely strategic race in the biggest stage of my final season using everything I had been trained to do for the past four years. It was extremely special to me.
What is the proudest moment of your running career at Coe-Brown? My proudest moment of my running career would have to be this past fall at the Meet of Champions where our boys’ team made it to New England’s. It just showed how hard everyone had worked and what heart can do in a race.
Did missing states in the indoor season give you extra motivation for the outdoor season? Absolutely, I love to compete and sitting on the sidelines of indoor states watching my team giving it everything they had and me not able to help really hurt. It definitely fueled my training for several weeks.
Who is the toughest runner you’ve competed against? That’s a hard one. Everyone I’ve ever had the opportunity to race has had different skills they used to their advantage. They all forced me to be better in different ways.
Do you have any pre-race superstitions or routines? No, not really. I like to take a nap before the race if I can.
Which is the toughest event you’ve competed in? I would have to say the 800 meter is the toughest event for myself.
What is the best coaching advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I ever got was: “It’s not easy; if it was, everyone would do it, then it wouldn’t be worth it.”
What is your favorite track to run on? Why? I really enjoyed running at my home track. I think it just has an amazing feel when it’s full of people and athletes.
Who was the unsung hero of the outdoor track team? There are so many, but the biggest ones would have to be Lucas Fisher and Alex Prevatt, both also seniors. They both helped lead the guy’s team to a level that Coe-Brown boys haven’t been able to be on in several years. Without them, myself and the team would not be in the place we are now. They were keys to our success this season.
If someone made a movie about the Coe-Brown track team, who would play you? I would love for Tom Hanks to play me. I’m nothing like him, but he’s my favorite actor and he did Forrest Gump.
Who would play coaches Tkayczk, Cox and Zink-Mailloux? Kurt Russell from the movie Miracle on Ice would have to play Coach Cox. Coach Zink would have to be played by Craig Patrick, also from Miracle and Coach Tkayczk would have to be played by Dennis Quaid.
If you could go do any professional sporting event, what would it be? I would want to go to a Patriots game.
What is your dream vacation? My dream vacation would be to India. I would love to hike there and just experience the culture; I’ve always found it fascinating.
If you could be on any reality show, which would you pick? I’m really not a TV person, but I would love to be on Duck Dynasty.
If you could travel through time, where and when would you go? If I could go through time I would go to Oregon University and watch Steve Prefontaine race.
What are your plans for next year? Do they include running? I am going to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. I will be running for them.