Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
A Binghamton high school senior has set records on the track.
And is on track to be at the top of his graduating class.
Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout introduces us to this week's Academic All-Star...Ian Tolan.
"I don't try to focus on only one thing, I try to be as well rounded as I can."
Binghamton high school senior Ian Tolan is definitely well rounded.
Tolan holds school records in indoor track in the 1000, which is almost a mile, and 1600 hundred meter runs.
He ranks 6th in a class of 381 students with over a 100 average.
He's a member of National Honor Society, Vice President of SADD and Students Against Violence Initiative.
He was recently accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he plans to pursue a career as an electrical engineer.
And he plans to continue his running career there as well.
"I was very excited. I wasn't sure I was going to get in and then when the coach called me on Saturday, when I found out, I was just very very pleased."
Now that his college decision is out of the way, it's time to focus on the upcoming indoor track season.
"It's very relaxing for me, when I'm going on long easy runs, it's a time for me to think and just be by myself. I've been doing a lot of my runs at the B.U. Nature preserve and that's always fun, just see the scenery, be outdoors...just very, very enjoyable."
Coaches say Tolan sets a great example for his teammates.
He's not the most vocal leader, he leads more by example.
Coach David Cody says, "He's a very unassuming kid. An ideal teammate in that respect. Very modest, very encouraging of his teammates. Sets a great example just by all the hard work he puts in."
Tolan hopes all his hard work will pay off and he'll be able to break another school record this spring, but running the 1-thousand meter race outdoors in under 4 minutes and 15 seconds.
And that's why Ian Tolan is this week's Academic All-Star.
In Binghamton, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.