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THE WINNER: Garrett O’Toole
School: Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.)
Event: Middle-distance and distance running
Weight: 135 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won the 800-meter run in a meet-record time of 1:52.32 as well as the 1,500 in a meet-record 3:58.24 at the Independent Schools Track Association championship meet this season, leading the Zebras to fourth place as a team. A returning Boys’ Track All-Scholastic selection as named by The Boston Globe, O’Toole also anchored the bronze medal-winning 4×400-meter relay quartet that crossed the line in 3:34.98. His 1-mile time of 4:01.89 at the Adrian Martinez Classic and his 1,500 time of 3:45.55 at the Princeton Elite Meet both ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance by prep competitors in 2014 and amongst the top 25 clockings in U.S. prep history.
Academic excellence: O’Toole has maintained a 3.37 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to participating in his school’s drama program as well as its FOCUS and jazz lunch clubs, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a nursing home, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Open Table community assistance organization.
“Over the last four years, I have watched Garrett develop as a person and an athlete,” said Scott Bosworth, head coach of rival Milton Academy. “With all the success that he has earned, he has remained humble, approachable and thoughtful. He is quick to support his teammates and athletes from other teams. He is universally liked and respected by his contemporaries at all of the 16 ISL schools. He has been a terrific role model. In all respects, Garrett is an ideal student athlete.”
THE FUTURE: O’Toole will run for Princeton.