Friendly Rivalry Fuels Comeback by O'Toole '14

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In a recent article featured in the Sunday Boston Globe, journalist Paul Lazdowski discussed the friendly rivalry between Middlesex cross-country and track standouts James Randon '13 and Garrett O'Toole '14. Within the contents of the article, Lazdowski describes the unique dynamic and bond between the two star athletes as well as the different paths that led them to the sport of running.

After suffering from a stress fracture that forced him to sit out his senior year cross-country season, Garrett ran a blistering 8:29.27 in the 3,000 at Boston University's Track and Field Meet just four days before Christmas.  His time places him second on the all-time in state history and third in New England list - just 2.15 seconds behind former teammate James, who currently runs for the Yale Bulldogs.  Although the two runners have had their share of friendly "trash talking banter," James could not be more supportive of Garrett's accomplishments.  When asked by Lazdowski how he feels about the potential of his record being broken by his former teammate, James responded, "as long as it stays in the Middlesex name, I will be happy."

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