Sport: Cross Country
Athletic accomplishments: A co-captain of the cross country team, Hennelly has been the team’s top runner for the past two years, as well as one of the top runners in all of Rockland County. He won the Rockland County Championship on Oct. 29in 16:17.25 and helped lead Suffern to a second-place finish in the team standings. He was also first-team all-county and earned first-team all-league honors.
Academic accomplishments: Hennelly has a GPA of 3.85. He is on the honor roll, is an AP Scholar, takes nine AP weighted classes and is a member of both the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. His choices of colleges include George Washington, Binghamton, Manhattan, Lehigh and Fordham.
School and community involvement: Charity of the Month Club member, Suffern Track Club volunteer, Suffern Little League baseball coach, certified Red Cross lifeguard, taught swim lessons.
Getting to know Patrick Hennelly
The Journal News: How is the indoor track season going so far?
Patrick Hennelly: It’s going pretty well. I had a good first meet at the Section 1 Kickoff. I won the three-mile there, so that was nice. My goal is to break 4:30 in the mile, and 9:40 in the two-mile.
TJN: Looking back, how do you feel your cross-country season went?
PH: I thought it went pretty good, but I think it could have went a little better. I didn’t really have a great section meet, but the county meet definitely made up for that. It was a really fun meet, that was the best race I had all season. It was really nice to be able to end my career on that. There were a lot of great runners in that meet, and I was fortunate to be able to come out on top.
TJN: Between you, your brother Mike and your sister Mary, what’s that dynamic like between all of you when you run together?
PH: We really bond over it together. We talk about running pretty much every day. It’s a friendly, nice competition; it’s not said that much, but it’s definitely there, we all want to beat each other. We don’t run together that often, not as much as we’d like to. When you run with your family members, it’s great to just stick with them, it lets you get away from the stress.
TJN: How did you get into running?
PH: In sixth grade, my dad forced me to do a road race with him. I didn’t want to do it, but we did it and I’m so thankful he made me do it, because I don’t know where I’d be without running. We trained for it for a couple weeks. Our goal was to break 30 minutes for a 5K, and we ended up running 27 minutes. That accomplishment was a good feeling.
TJN: What’s the most enjoyable part of coaching Little League?
PH: I coached first-graders, and just seeing the faces they make when they hit the ball and they make a play, it’s unforgettable. It’s so great to see their happiness.
TJN: Did you learn anything about yourself from coaching them?
PH: To be more appreciative about the little things in life, and to take a step back; it’s not always about winning, it’s more about having fun, which is what we really preached to the kids.
TJN What are you looking to get out of college when you get there?
PH: I’d like to run in college. It’s not my No. 1 one priority; my No. 1 priority is education. I’d like to go somewhere where I’d get the most out of that and make a lot of friends along the way and create good memories.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.