Massachusetts Boys Track & Field AOY: Thomas Ratcliffe

Massachusetts Boys Track & Field AOY: Thomas Ratcliffe

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Massachusetts Boys Track & Field AOY: Thomas Ratcliffe

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The Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

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THE WINNER: Thomas Ratcliffe

THE BASICS

School: Concord-Carlisle (Concord, Mass.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 140 pounds

Athletic achievement: He won the 2-mile run at the state’s Track and Field Outdoor Championships this past season, leading the Patriots to a 15th-place finish as a team. Ratcliffe crossed the finish line in a state-record 9:00.52, more than 19 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. That clocking came two days after he set the state record in the mile at the Adrian Martinez Classic with a time of 4:01.50, which ranked as the nation’s No. 4 time in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Ratcliffe has maintained a weighted 4.20 GPA.

Exemplary character: He is the cofounder of a student firewood business that chops, delivers and stacks wood for customers. He has also volunteered locally at a non-profit organic farm that distributes produce to families in need.

THE PRAISE

“Thomas has dominated the distance races in Massachusetts for the past two years,” said Henry Phelan, head coach of Lincoln-Sudbury High. “His races are must-see events. No one takes control of a race like he does. Once the race is on everyone else is running for second.”

THE FUTURE: Ratcliffe has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at Stanford University beginning this fall.

 

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