Jack McInnis, of North Andover, has been competing in the hurdles since his freshman year at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence.
McInnis now continues hurdling at Trinity College, of Hartford, Conn. McInnis, a rising junior, was named to both the winter and spring All-Academic Teams for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this past year.
His spring award was not for track and field, however, but for lacrosse. McInnis is a member of both the indoor track and field and lacrosse teams for the Bantams.
“One of the stations was basic hurdling, at a low height, and my coach thought I had the
body type and ability to become a good hurdler in the future, and he worked with me all
throughout high school,” said McInnis.
McInnis has been hurdling ever since that day. During his freshman year, McInnis earned a spot on the 4×50-yard shuttle hurdling team that went on to win the event championship at the Division 2 state relays.
“Running as a varsity hurdler at Central Catholic since freshman year forced me to develop my technique early and become a successful high school hurdler,” said McInnis.
In high school, McInnis was a three-time Division 2 shuttle hurdle champion, a Division
2 55-meter state champion and placed seventh in the New England Meet.
McInnis’ experience at the varsity level in high school significantly prepared him for college.
“Throughout my four years, I learned to become super competitive and [I was] always striving for perfection, especially because most of the athletes I hurdled against could train and get better during outdoor track in the spring, a prime training time I had to sacrifice because of lacrosse season in the spring,” said McInnis.
McInnis is still facing the same problem as he did in high school. Unlike others, McInnis cannot work on his track skills in the spring because he is playing lacrosse during that time. This past spring, McInnis played in nine games with the Trinity lacrosse team at midfield.
“For my transition to college, my coaches at Trinity, John Michael Mason and ‘Coach K’ [Bill Kelleher] helped me tremendously with fine-tuning my start and technique, which is so crucial to becoming a successful hurdler and earning All-New England honors,” said McInnis.
As for the academic portion of McInnis’ college career, he hopes to pursue a career as an aerospace engineer as a result of his knowledge in both math and science.
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