SEAN MUELLER CHESHIREClass: Junior
Coach: Jim Bennett
Accomplishments: Had one of his best races at the State Open, finishing third (16:00) to New Fairfield's John Raneri and Wolcott's Chris Bendtsen, who also went 1-2 at New Englands. Mueller led the whole way at the Class LL meet but finished second at the Class LL meet (16:26), collapsing after he crossed the finish line. He was 26th at New Englands (16:46). "It just wasn't my day. I wanted to do a little better. I'm going to learn from that." Led from wire to wire to win the SCC title in 15:51, the second-fastest time on the Hammonasset State Park course. ... Opened the season with a win at the Windham Invitational, finishing the Varsity I race in 15:45. ... Last year, Mueller finished eighth in the State Open, second in LL and was the SCC runner-up in cross country. In the spring, he was third in the Class LL 3,200 meters.
Mueller said: "I felt like my season was, all in all, very good. I accomplished things I didn't think I could do. There are other things I want to accomplish. It was a good year, but it's going to keep me motivated for next year."
Coach Bennett said: "He was the first individual SCC champion for Cheshire. We are proud of the passion and focus he had to carry through this season, against good competition all the way. He's continuing to develop and we're looking forward to next year."
Up next: Mueller will train for two or three big indoor meets this winter, but he doesn't run indoor track: "I don't want to get burned out." His main big race is the Nike indoor nationals in March, where he will run the 5,000 meters. He will run outdoor track in the spring.
In 10 years: Will have graduated from college and will still be running. "As far as a job, I'm not sure. Maybe I'll become a high school teacher and a college or high school coach."
Miscellaneous: Played basketball, soccer and lacrosse when he was younger. Started running in seventh grade. ... Has an older sister. ... His family has helped train Fidelco dogs.
— Lori Riley