Track sensation slays the 2 mile, advances to All States
Published in the June 2, 2017 edition
By JENNIFER GENTILE
MELROSE—By now, anyone at Melrose High School knows the accomplishments of senior state champion Kevin Wheelock, who on Sunday became a four-time state high school champion in track after a remarkable finish in the two mile at the Div. 3 State Finals at Burlington High. He was accompanied by his teammate and wingman Adam Cook, right behind him in second place earning another medal in his own impressive career.
Wheelock’s feat cements him as one of the most accomplished athletes at Melrose High ever, certainly in track and cross country. His new state title joins a cache of gold medals collected already, including his 2015 two-mile state title earned in outdoor track, and two state champion titles earned over the 2016-17 winter season (earned in the 1 mile and 2 mile.) Between state titles, cross country medals, league titles, and MVP awards, this success begs the question: is the senior running out of places to store his medals?
“There is always space for another medal,” Wheelock answers. “But [Sunday’s] race felt great. I ran my hardest like I always do and am happy to pulled off another great victory.”
And it’s not over yet. He will compete this weekend at Bridgewater University in the 2017 All State Finals, seeded third at 9:26. According to Wheelock, his goal is to set another personal record and secure a 4×800 record with his relay team. Wheelock will also travel this summer with his 4×800 relay team to compete in Nationals in North Carolina. Beyond that, Wheelock will attend Stonehill College where he will continue his brilliant running career as a member of the Skyhawks.
Will he add another piece of hardware as a member of the Red Raiders? Stay tuned.