Gavin Sherry’s high school track career ends prematurely due to injury

Conard’s Gavin Sherry, one of the most decorated runners in CIAC history who had aspirations of becoming the first Connecticut high school athlete to break the 4 minute mile has been unable to compete his senior season.

Sherry, who will run cross country and track at Stanford, said he ended this past indoor season with a pain in his leg.

“While I would like to break 4 minutes in high school, unfortunately I ended the indoor season with a bit of a stress reaction in my leg,” Sherry said. “After two weeks of cross training and two weeks of running it came back and I had to take more time off.”

Sherry was named GameTimeCT and Gatorade cross country runner of the year three times, and was named GameTimeCT runner of the year for both indoor and outdoor track. He was the Gatorade outdoor track runner of the year as a junior.

Sherry shattered the state record with his title-winning 1600-meter run at the State Open in his junior season. His time of 4:01.88 ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among 2021 prep competitors. He also won the 3200 at the State Open with a meet record time of 8:59.80 as a junior, with his personal-best clocking of 8:47.20 in the 3200 last spring ranking fifth nationally.

At the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track and Field meet at The Armory in New York this March, Sherry was fourth in the Championship division of the Boys 1-Mile race in 4:02.69, breaking his own state indoor record of 4:05.10 set on Feb. 6 at the New Balance Grand Prix meet.

The news of Sherry losing his senior outdoor season comes shortly after Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) senior Gary Martin broke 4 minutes in the mile in 3:57.98 at the Penn Relays.

“Gary is an amazing runner and a true inspiration to all high school runners,” said Sherry, whose goal for the 2022 outdoor season was to break 4 minutes in the 1600 and mile. “Watching him break the infamous 4-minute mile barrier was incredibly motivational for me. The way Gary has been running recently is exactly what I strive to do in the sport.”

Sherry’s future in the sport remains bright, which is why he will be cautious in his recovery as he prepares to start his collegiate career with his twin brother Callum at Stanford.

“I’ve decided to just work on building mileage and a base for the college season (Stanford),” Gavin Sherry said. “I just don’t want to have the stress of trying to race fast while I’m coming back from an injury.”