Sheer speed was Dan McCarthy’s childhood athletic ambition.
“Ever since I was in first and second grade it was always about who was the fastest kid on the playground, so I was always running,” the Bangor High School sophomore said. “I’d run next to the car when my mom was driving, so I could see how many miles an hour I was going.”
Yet McCarthy never competitively ran a distance longer than 400 meters until joining the Rams’ cross-country team as a freshman in 2018 after playing soccer through his middle school years.
“Of all the runners in the field I was scared of him the most, for sure,” said Shaughnessy, who paced the 989 boys finishers in the event with his time of 15:32.86. “I respect him a lot. He’s had big improvements this year. He’s looked really strong in other meets. I was definitely worried about him coming up on me.”
While McCarthy’s emergence may have come at sprinter’s speed, this year’s fast start comes as no surprise.
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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