Jack McLoughlin ’21 Named RI Gatorade Runner of the Year
In its 35th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company named Jack McLoughlin of La Salle Academy as its 2019-20 Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. McLoughlin is the second Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from La Salle Academy. The 5-foot-10, 120-pound junior placed second at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships this past season with a time of 15:50.9, just 1.3 seconds behind the Connecticut-based winner. McLoughlin was also the top Rhode Island finisher at the NXN Final in Oregon, taking 35th place. He was the best in-state runner at the New England Cross Country Championships as well, finishing third. McLoughlin was the runner-up at the 2019 state meet in 15:23.5, leading the Rams to a first-place finish as a team. McLoughlin, who is a candidate for Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, has volunteered locally collecting supplies for a food bank as well as with Franklin Farm in Cumberland. He has also donated his time with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and Soles for Souls. “Jack McLoughlin was the quiet leader of a very talented La Salle squad,” said Paul Tetreault, head coach of North Kingstown High School. “He just seemed to always come through fearlessly in the big, pressure-packed races.” McLoughlin has maintained a weighted A average in the classroom. McLoughlin joins three-time recipient D.J. Principe ‘17 (2016-17, 2015-16, & 2014-15) as La Salle’s only male recipients.