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Like everything he’s accomplished in his prep career, Sean Reardon set out a goal for himself and worked hard to earn it.
He met his biggest long term goal officially today, as Reardon signed his National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track for Adams State University.
Reardon, a senior at Los Alamos High School, became, in what seemed to be a relatively short time, one of the elite distance runners in the state. He burst into the state spotlight with a strong finish in the 2011 Class 4A cross country championship, but was elevated to premier status with his huge showing at the 2012 state track meet, which included a stunning victory over Jackson Thomas of Del Norte in the 1600 meters.
Now, he will become part of one of the most successful cross country programs in collegiate history as he joins Adams State’s Grizzlies. He said his first contact with the Grizzlies made a big impression on him.
“I’ve been thinking about Adams State for two years now,” Reardon said. “’We went up there to their camp when I was a sophomore. I was like ‘these guys really know what they’re talking about.’”
The Grizzlies wrapped up their ninth NCAA Division II national title in December, placing three runners in the top four individually at the national finals. The Grizzly men’s track team is currently the top-ranked D-II team in the country.
Adams State men’s teams are guided by Damon Martin, a 31-time winner of National Coach of the Year awards. Martin is particularly adept at training distance runners and has 23 national cross country team titles under his belt.
Los Alamos has a very good relationship with Adams State. Both Rob and Kathy Hipwood, members of the state’s track and cross country coaches Hall of Fame, are graduates of Adams State and several former Hilltopper athletes have competed at Adams State.
Reardon grabbed his second straight top-four finish at this year’s Class 4A cross country meet, helping his team to its second consecutive title.
Now that his immediate future is determined, Reardon said he’s going to focus his energy on prepping for the upcoming high school track season, which opens for Los Alamos March 9 in Los Lunas.
“I really want to focus on the Hilltoppers and giving the track season all I’ve got,” he said. “I have no thoughts about college. I just want to be here training with coaches who are unbelievable.”
Academically, Reardon is interested in studying nursing, although he said he hasn’t completely settled on that as a potential major.