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Sports Spotlight - Windermere Observer: Troy O'Toole

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Olympia High junior cross-country runner Troy O’Toole won the 4 on the Fourth 5K July 4 in Oakland.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

Troy O’Toole is a busy guy at Olympia High. A cross-country runner who made it to state as a freshman, he also plays lacrosse and runs track for the Titans. This summer, he’s kept busy, too. O’Toole participated in the 4 on the Fourth 5K in Oakland July 4 and was the top overall finisher across all age groups with a time of 23:44.

 

Were you surprised to win the 4 on the Fourth 5K?

I was a little bit surprised. I’ve run a couple other ones that I’ve won — I ran the SeaWorld 5K and won. I really enjoyed those two. … I like the community races a lot.

 

How do cross-country runners work to improve during the offseason?

We get lots of mileage on our legs — lots of hills to get yourself stronger. Lots of weight room and lots of core.

 

How was the team camp you attended in North Carolina?

The camp was a lot of fun, a lot of team bonding. At camp, you run the mountains and the little trails. We do a lot of timed runs.

 

What are some goals you have for this fall?

I would love to break 16:15. Some other personal goals would be passing some of my tests. As for the team, we have a lot of new runners. I want to build some of these kids up.

 

How did you get started in your chosen sports?

I came out of seventh grade not knowing what to do when I came into high school. … I came here, and I asked one of my friends, ‘What kind of sports do you play?’ He said, ‘Cross-country and lacrosse.’ I’m pretty sure he hates me, because I got better at both sports than him.

 

How do you mentally approach running?

I really try not to think about what’s around me. I will look ahead and say, “Hey, I need to get ahead of that person.” ... Other than that, I sing a song to myself and have a little quote that I use.

 

What’s your favorite subject?

History — and, other than that, lunch. I definitely like United States history … I like to learn about the U.S. because I live in it. One of my favorite things was learning about all the presidents.

 

How have you been spending your summer outside of training?

Other than training, I cut grass to make some money — I want to buy a new car — and I have a couple side jobs that I work to see what I want to do out of college. I’m working with a guy who does fabrication just to see if that’s something I want to do down the road. I also hang out with friends and like to go mudding with some of them.

 

What’s your favorite local food spot?

Mr. Quick for breakfast. I get waffles, eggs, bacon and sausage.

Steven Ryzewski is the Senior Sports Editor for ObserverPreps.com, as well as all three of Observer Media Group's print publications in Orange County. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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