Nothing too steep for McClintock to master
Matt McClintock will spend this summer running and sprinting up the hills around his home in Athens.
And there are plenty of hills.
But for a distance runner who trained on a dirt track and ran as much as 60 miles a week by himself, the Madison High senior has been all about a big challenge.
McClintock ran so well his senior year he earned a 90 percent athletic scholarship to Purdue, where he will be a contributor starting this fall.
And based on McClintock’s easy-going, make-it-happen attitude, it will be fun to follow him with the Boilermakers.
McClintock’s double victory at the Class C state meet in the 1,600 (4:16.40) and 3,200 meters (9:16.92) – with times faster than anyone in Class A and B – and his runaway victory in the 3,200 at the New England championships (9:06.24) earned him recognition as the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram boys’ outdoor track athlete of the year.
McClintock was undefeated in Maine in both the 1,600 and 3,200 this season.
He went into his senior year determined to excel as a runner as well as academically – he’s the class valedictorian.
And McClintock made it happen, starting in the fall when he finished 15th at the Footlocker national cross country meet, setting him up for a strong season on the track.
“Last summer as opposed to taking off, I ran. I trained on the weekends and trained over the summer, as opposed to just running the occasional 5K, and I came into cross country in the best shape of my life,” McClintock said.
“I was able to build off of that, and by increasing my training, get stronger. I should have been doing that all along. My senior year was really my best effort. I had gotten beat a couple of times and I just decided, I didn’t like losing at all. And I was going to do everything I could to not lose.”
McClintock didn’t race in the indoor or outdoor national meets because he couldn’t get to the events in New York City or North Carolina.
But his runaway victory at the outdoor New England meet proved he can run at a high level. He won the 3,200 by running alone for half the eight laps.
“I wanted to get 8:57. That’s the New England record. I thought I was capable of running sub-9:00, but I improved by 10 seconds so I can’t complain,” McClintock said.
“I don’t think I could have done much better my senior year.”
Now, his new coach wants him to run hills, as fast and often as he can. And McClintock is happy to oblige.
“It’s pretty flat in Indiana and he knows there are a lot more hills in Maine. There is one hill that is half a mile long near town. Now, wherever I’m running, I’m hitting hills,” McClintock said.
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TELEGRAM ALL-STATE TEAM
Mitchell Black, Brunswick senior, middle distance
Won the 800 meters (1:57.21) at the Class A state meet.
Devin Burgess, Waterville junior, pole vault
Placed fifth at the New England championships (13-9) after defending his title at the Class B state meet (13-6).
Nick Danner, Waterville junior, javelin
Won the Class B title with a throw of 177-7.
David Frederick, Orono junior, pole vault
Frederick was the runner-up at the Class C state meet in the pole vault (11-6), then soared 13-9 to take fourth at the New England championships.
Harlow Ladd, Messalonskee senior, distance
Won the 1,600 (4:23.71) and 3,200 (9:40.51) at the Class A state meet, and was fifth in the 1,600 (4:22.32) at the New England championships.
Matt McClintock, Madison senior, distance
Won the 1,600 (4:16.40) and 3,200 (9:16.92) at the Class C meet in state-record times and placed second in the 800 (2:01.67) At the New England championships, he won the 3,200 (9:06.24).
Alex Nichols, Brunswick junior, sprints
Finished second in the 400 (50.27) and 200 (23.18) at the Class A state meet.
Tom Reid, York junior, hurdles
At the Class B state meet, he won the 300 hurdles (41.14), took third in the 110 hurdles (15.87) and triple jump (40-21⁄2), and was fourth in the long jump (19-9). Reid also finished sixth at the New England meet in the triple jump (40-9).
Patrick Rice, Windham senior, jumps, hurdles
Placed second in the triple jump (42-31⁄4) and 300 hurdles (41.52), third in the long jump (20-33⁄4), and sixth in the 110 hurdles (16.21) at the Class A state meet. He was sixth in the triple jump at the New England championships (44-01⁄4).
Alex Shain, Sanford junior, sprints/jumps
Won the triple jump (42-63⁄4) and 100 meters (11.33) in Class A, and finished fifth in the long jump (20-1⁄4).
Denzel Tomaszewski, Wells junior, sprints
Won the 100 (11.12) at the Class B state meet and took third in the 200 (23.28).
Dan Webb, Sanford senior, sprints
Won the 200 (22.88) and 400 (49.93) at the Class A state meet to help lead his team to its first state title.
Coach of the Year
Kevin Way, Sanford
Sanford won its first Class A title by racking up points in sprints, relays and field events. Sanford also won the Southern Maine Activities Association title with a come-from-behind performance.