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Garrett O’Toole named Mass. top track athlete

After setting more than a few records during his senior season, the Middlesex School’s Garrett O’Toole has been named the 2013-14 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He is the first from Middlesex to ever win the award.

O’Toole set a new meet record in the 800-meter at the Independent Schools Track Association Championship this past season, finishing with a time of 1:52.32. He also set a new record at the same meet when he finished the 1,500-meter in 3:58.24. Anchored by efforts such as O’Toole’s, the Zebras finished fourth at the meet.

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In addition to his performance at the ISL Championship, O’Toole’s 4:01.89 one-mile time at the Adrian Martinez Classic and 1,500-meter time of 3:45.55 at the Princeton Elite Meet were both ranked not only as the nation’s No. 1 performance by prep competitors in 2014 but also among the top 25 finishes in U.S. prep history.

“With all the success that he has earned, he has remained humble, approachable and thoughtful,” said Milton Academy head coach Scott Bosworth in a statement.

While earning Globe All-Scholastic honors in both track and cross country the past two seasons, O’Toole has maintained a 3.37 GPA.

“Over the last four years, I have watched Garrett develop as a person and an athlete,” said Bosworth. “He is quick to support his teammates and athletes from other teams ... In all respects, Garrett is an ideal student athlete.”

O’Toole joins the likes of Chicopee’s Alex Niemiec and Mansfield’s Josh Lampron as the state’s most recent Gatorade boys track award winners. He will continue his track and field career in the fall when he begins his freshman year at Princeton University.

O’Toole is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, which will be announced in June.

Alex Hall can be reached at alexander.hall@globe.com. You can follow him on Twitter @AlexKHall
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