Regardless, Carleo’s time marked a new personal best, topping the mark he set two weeks ago when he won All-States. During that meet, Carleo beat out Paul Hogan of Burlington on the home stretch to win the All-State title with a time of 4:15.29. O’Toole, who runs for Middlesex and placed third at Nationals, did not compete at that meet.
Besides marking a new milestone in his running career, the performance also marked a bit of redemption for Carleo. Two years ago, Carleo competed in the New Balance Nationals in the mile as a freshman, but after qualifying as the third fastest freshman in the country, he ran a bad race and wound up adding seven seconds to his time.
Now, Carleo is an All-American, and as only a junior he still has another year to keep improving and potentially do even better at next year’s meet.
The same goes for Newburyport junior Tom Graham, who also competed in the meet on Friday and finished 23rd in the country in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:59.01.
Now with outdoor track scheduled to begin tomorrow, Hennigar said Carleo and Graham have earned some rest after all the hard work they put in preparing for this weekend.
“Those guys are going to get a week off — they deserve it,” Hennigar said.