Reggie Gonzales, a seventh grader at Greene-Hills school, finished in first place overall in the 25th annual middle school state championship at Wickham Park in Manchester on Saturday, Nov. 4.
More than 10,000 middle school student athletes competed in the race.
Gonzales registered as an individual and finished with a time of 10:37 for the 1.7-mile race.
After a good start, he was around 15th in the opening stretch, but by about the half-mile marker he had worked his way to eighth place and shortly after a mile he took over the lead and never looked back, according to his coach, Jeremy Sloate.
“Winning is nothing new for Reggie, as he has had a stellar season for the Greene-Hill Gators this season, finishing in first place in every race with still two more to go, and has set course records as he goes,” Sloate reported.
“Reggie continues to improve as the season progresses, which makes me believe his limits are endless,” Sloate continued.
“To do the things he is doing as a seventh grader is very special and I look forward to continuing to work with him to see his full potential.
“Something you can’t teach is heart and Reggie shows heart in every practice and every race. This continues to pay dividends for him. He never lets off the gas pedal and works to the best of his ability each and every day. I couldn’t be more proud of him for his accomplishment. Hard work pays off and this is proof of that.”