Cumberland’s McLoughlin is Gatorade R.I. Cross Country Runner of Year

Cumberland’s McLoughlin is Gatorade R.I. Cross Country Runner of Year

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland native Jack McLoughlin, who is a junior on the La Salle Academy boys’ cross country and track and field teams, was named the Gatorade R.I. Boys’ Cross Country Runner of the Year on Monday morning.

The award, according to Gatorade, “recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.”

McLoughlin placed second at the Nike Cross Northeast Regional Championships last fall in a time of 15:50.9, just 1.3 seconds behind the winner. He was also the top R.I. finisher at the Nike Cross National Championships, taking 35th place.

He was also the best in-state runner at the New England Championships as well, finishing third, as well as the runner-up at the RIIL Championships at Ponaganset High in 15:23.5, leading the Rams to the state championship.

McLoughlin, who is a candidate for Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, has also volunteered locally by 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. He has also maintained a weighted ‘A’ average in the classroom.