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June 11, 2014

Port's Carleo reflects on dominant junior season

NEWBURYPORT — Having just finished up the most dominant year the local high school running community has ever seen, Newburyport junior Nick Carleo is finally taking a break.

Over the past eight months, Carleo has won three All State championships, first taking home the top prize in cross-country before establishing himself as the best mile runner in the state for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

He also owns the school record for both cross-country at Maudslay and in the mile, and in February he placed sixth in the country at the New Balance Indoor Nationals to become the first high school All-American in Newburyport High School history.

Now, even though he has qualified to compete at New Englands and at Nationals once again, Carleo is calling it a season and turning his attention to preparing for his senior year.

“It’s been a long year,” Carleo said. “We’ve been pretty successful, so I’m happy with it.”

Newburyport cross-country coach Don Hennigar said Carleo is the first athlete in NHS history to win an All State championship in all three seasons; and while there are others who have accomplished the feat elsewhere, it hasn’t happened very often.

“This is definitely a first in Newburyport,” he said. “It has been done — you’ll get that outstanding athlete who will do it — but it’s not done very often. To have an All State championship in all three seasons is a very rare accomplishment.”

Though Carleo dominated the fall and winter seasons from start to finish, the spring season had a few speed bumps lying in wait. While competing in the 2 mile at the Weston Twilight Invitational midway through the year, Carleo pulled up with a sharp pain in his leg. Hennigar pulled him off the track, and to this day neither of them know exactly what happened.

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