NEWBURYPORT — Tim Foley has been coaching track at Newburyport High School for more than two decades, and over the years he has coached some truly outstanding athletes.
Yet when it comes to standout junior Nick Carleo, Foley doesn’t hold back when it comes to assessing his place in Newburyport track history.
“He’s the best we’ve ever had,” Foley said. “That’s where we’re at right now.”
Carleo just completed one of the best seasons in Massachusetts history, capturing just about every accolade a high school track athlete could possibly earn short of a National Championship. He won the league championship in the 1,000-meter run, along with state championships in the mile at both the Division 5 and All-State championship meets.
He also earned CAL Athlete of the Year, led his team to a perfect dual meet season and its fourth-consecutive state championship, and to cap it all off, he placed sixth in the country in the mile at the New Balance National Championships, setting a new personal record time of 4:14.35 to earn All-American honors.
“To make All-American as a junior and run 4:14, win the league meet, win the divisional meet, win the All-State meet, he put together a tremendous season,” said assistant coach Don Hennigar, who traveled with Carleo to New York earlier this month to coach him at Nationals.
Carleo has been on a skyward trajectory ever since he first arrived at Newburyport High School. After a breakout freshman season in cross-country, Carleo decided to try winter track instead of basketball, and by the end of the season he had qualified for Freshman Nationals.
Since then, he has collected championships across the three running seasons, and being only a junior, Foley said he believes Carleo has still yet to reach his full potential.