The season started on a high note and ended just the same for Chaminade's Thomas Awad.
In addition to taking third at the Federation -- first among Long Island runners -- Awad ran to an eighth-place finish at the Nike New York Regional, then competed in the Nike Cross Nationals, finishing 54th in 16:04.0.
Awad would've liked to place higher, but he was pleased with his time.
"It was a muddy track and it was hard to get going early," Awad said. "Considering those conditions my pace and my time were good."
Consistency was the name of the game for Awad for most of the season. His senior campaign started with a second-place finish at the Briarwood Invitational at the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia. He followed that up with a sixth-place finish at the Bowdoin Classic and a first-place finish at the Rebook Manhattan Invitational.
Outside of his high finishes, Awad said the most important aspect of those races were his times. Awad, who ran no slower than 16:34.44 at the six 5k invitationals he participated in, said he wanted to be consistent.
"Running around the 16-minute mark is what I wanted to do this season," Awad said. "I think I was really consistent with my times."
He reached new heights at the Federation as he took third in a personal-best time of 16:02.1 (5k). That race followed up a second-place finish at the CHSAA Intersectional (2.5 miles). Awad finished that race in 12:56.23, also a personal best.
To eclipse personal marks in championship races is the goal of most runners, Awad said.
"You always want to be at your best at the end of the season," Awad said. "It was a progression upward for me from the start of the season."