Rhode Island Boys Cross Country ROY: Colin Tierney

Rhode Island Boys Cross Country ROY: Colin Tierney

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Rhode Island Boys Cross Country ROY: Colin Tierney


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THE WINNER: Colin Tierney


School: Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Distance runner
Height: 6-foot

Athletic achievement: He raced to the state’s open individual championship with a time of 15:49.01 this past season, leading the Hawks to a sixth consecutive state title as a team. A two-time First Team All-State selection as named by the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Track Coaches Association, Tierney also won the Class A championships in 15:32.24. He captured fifth place at the New England Cross Country Championships in 15:17.10, and then took 11th at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 16:01.8.

Academic excellence: Tierney has maintained a 3.15 GPA.

Exemplary character: A member of his school’s peer ministry and mentoring initiatives, he volunteered on behalf of his church’s youth group, The One Fund, the Special Olympics and the Making a Difference Foundation. He has also traveled on six service-mission trips along the Eastern seaboard.


“Colin continues to impress me every day with his intense work ethic and never-quit attitude in every race,” said Bishop Hendricken head coach Jim Doyle. “I have never seen an athlete with his incredible determination and ability to accomplish his goals. He is a standout athlete who also is a student, a gentlemen and a friend to his teammates and competitors. He has amazing potential for greatness and he has the talent, attitude, will and work ethic to make good things happen in his college running career.”

THE FUTURE: Tierney remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.


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