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Mike McGrath
[2003]

School: Lincoln

Sports Played: Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field

High School Honors: 1-year Cross Country letterman. 2-year Soccer letterman. 4-year Track & Field letterman. Two-time PIL Champion in the 800M and 1500M as a Junior and Senior; State 800M Champion and 2nd in the 1500M as a Senior; State record and nation's best at 1:48:05.; 3rd best in the Mile as a Senior. Track & Field News All-American 800M.

Post High School Career: U of O graduate. Track & Field and Cross Country letterman; member of 3 PAC-10 Championship winning teams, 2 in Track & Field and 1 in Cross Country. Sub-4 minute miler (3:59.25). 2nd fastest indoor mile time in school history in 2006. NCAA Championship Qualifier and USATF National Championship Qualifier 3 times each. Graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School. Founder and Owner of the advertising agency Thousands Creative; freelance commercial director.

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The PIL was like a support group. It was filled with bright-eyed people extremely excited about challenging themselves and finding their potential. I remember setting almost unrealistic goals every year, and only finding support from coaches, teammates, competitors and friends. And when you'd fall down, or fail, or come up just short, you were met with encouragement and reasons for why you should never give up.

That's not to say that the PIL was soft. When I was competing I was surrounded by competitors with top level talent and developed exciting rivalries that kept me hungry year round. Like most people being honored, I continued to compete beyond high school, developing friendships with new teammates and competitors from all over the world, but my time in this community, and its positive culture laid an amazing foundation for me as an athlete and person.

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