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THE WINNER: Quinn Cooney
School: Chelmsford (Mass.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to a Division 1 individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:44. Also the 2014 Boston Globe Boys’ Cross Country All-Scholastic Co-Runner of the Year, Cooney earned 22nd place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 16:03.1.
Academic excellence: Cooney has maintained a 3.39 GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his parish community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the All Saints’ Episcopal Church and the Baystate Marathon.
“As an opposing coach, I admire Quinn Cooney’s grit and toughness,” said Scott Cody, head coach at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. “He is a fighter. In order to beat him you have to match him and find a way to break him. Obviously, no one in Massachusetts could do that when it mattered.”
THE FUTURE: Cooney will run for Dartmouth.