School Committee Gives Three Cheers For Senior Runner

School officials recently recognized stellar senior Peter Hale.


Senior Peter Hale started his Swampscott High sports career in the fall of his freshman year playing football. He had been a runner at the middle school.

The next fall he returned to cross country and never looked back.

The Swampscott School Committee recently recognized Peter — a soft-spoken, humble and team-oriented athlete — for his achievements.

Among them, he was Eastern Mass Division 5 champion, the first time SHS has had a state champ on the boy's team since 1991, said School Committee member Marianne Hartmann. The last cross country state champion was in 2009, a member of the girls' team, Lindsay Walsh.

Peter went on to place 6th at the All-State meet this fall. 

He was also a Northeast Conference champion and an NEC runner of the year, as well as a Boston Globe All-Star and Boston Herald All-Star.

"I think Peter's talent runs deeper than even he knows," said Hartmann. "I love watching him in a competitive race because he can just pour it on in the home stretch. He actually makes cross country a great spectator sport."

The funny thing is, you might think, shortly after Peter crossed the finish line, that he was a spectator himself.

He remains relaxed and soon catches his breath.

Some of Peter's Cross Country Achievements:

2012 Northeast Conference Champion
2012 NEC runner of the year

2012 Eastern Mass Division 5 champion in 15:44 (it's a 5K) 
2011 Eastern Mass Division 5 runner-up 

2012 Division 2 All-State Meet 6th place finisher (meaning he went on to finish 6th at all states this year)

3-time Salem News all-star
3-time NEC all-star

Marianne Hartmann December 07, 2012 at 01:48 PM
One correction-Lindsay Walsh was State Champ in 2009. Peter is the first boy since 1991 (sorry about that Lindsay)


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