Sam Wharton           MW Regional
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National Finish: 6 Time:15:19
Regional Finish: 2 Time:14:56

Hometown: TIPP CITY, OH
High School: Tippecanoe High School
Grade: 12
Personal Records:
1500m: -
1600m: 4:20

1 mile: -

2 mile: -
3200m: 9:01
5000m: 14:46

Running Highlights:
  • CC Highlights
  • Track Highlights
  • CC Personal Bests
2012 NXN and Footlocker Qualifier
Undefeated in Ohio, 4-time All-Ohio, State Champion, Course Record at State Meet 
2011 NXN All-American
Nominated for Gatorade Runner of the Year and State Finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman
2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals All-American 5k 
School Record Holder in the 1600, 3200, and 5k 
Three-time All-Ohio, State Runner-Up in 2011 and 2012 
7-time Academic All-Ohio
14:56 5k Footlocker Midwest 
15:09 5k OHSAA State XC Championships 
15:14 5k Culver Academies  

Hobbies: Reading, Ping Pong, Hanging Out With Friends

Person would most like to meet: Steve Jobs, he always intrigued me with his quirky ways

Hero: Galen Rupp, he knows how to be clutch in big races

Superstition: I absolutely cannot race well without my lucky Wimbledon Headband

Most influential person: My dad, who kindled my interest in running and is my race-day manager, and my family who come to eve





Sam Wharton
Overall feelings about the race: I went out pretty quickly and just gauged off of the leaders and sat in a position that I was comfortable with. I underestimated the course too, I knew the hill would be rough, but I assumed that the ground would have better footing and the rest of the course wouldn't have been as hilly. I hung on to the leaders and really wanted to put myself in a position that I would be able to say I have given it my all in this race. I tightened up quite a bit at the bottom of the hill after I dropped off the pack. I was passed into the finish, but I had absolutely nothing left to give and am proud of my 6th place finish!
Best part of the race:  The best part of my race was being able to finish on empty. I really wanted to run a race where I had given all of my ability. I felt as if I hadn't really been pushed to my absolute limit all year, so this was an extremely gratifying experience.
The FLCC Experience:  Incredible. I have made so many friends here, everyone is so nice, the workers are amazing and the level of support they are able toprovide you is astounding. It is a storybook ending to my senior year!

Personal note:  I want to thanke first of all, my parents and everyone else who has supported me throughout the season. The encouragement I recieve is absolutely mind-boggling. I cannot thank these people enough, and even the smallest contributions that others have made to my success certainly do not go unnoticed