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Dulaney runner King stays busy on, off track

Dulaney's Andrew King always keeps a full schedule on and off the track.

Dulaney's Andrew King always keeps a full schedule on and off the track.
For starters, the senior captains the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams.

On top of that, the National English Honor Society member tutors fellow students, does community service projects and helps new students acclimate to the school's culture. All the while he has carried a 3.96 grade point average.

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As graduation looms, King can look back with pride at his solid running career.
He finished third in the state Class 4A cross country meet last fall, placed

fourth indoor in the 3,200 meters, second in the county in the 800 and 1,600 this winter and took second in the region outdoors in the 3,200 last season.

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He will run cross country and track next season for Johns Hopkins University, where he interned for the past two years at the school's Department of Biomedical Engineering.

King took some time after a recent practice to talk about his college plans, running career and leadership style.

Why do you want to major in physics?
"It's something that fascinates me. For the longest time, I have been fascinated with how things work. As a kid, I always played with tons of Legos and liked to build things. Physics is the subject that gets into the things that govern the world.

What do you want to do for a career?
"Peer tutoring is something that I have really found rewarding. I could see myself becoming a teacher. Maybe a science teacher. I also like to build things and see how things work, so I could see myself doing some kind of engineering-related thing."


What appealed to you about Johns Hopkins?
"I am doing physics and it's a strong math and science school. Before I visited it, I didn't really think that it was the type of school that emphasizes learning in a lot of other areas. That's great that it does because I have a lot of academic interests. I didn't want to be pigeonholed into one discipline. Hopkins is very enthusiastic about its students branching out into other areas."


Did you play any other sports before attending Dulaney and how did you get into running?
Before high school, I played basketball and baseball for Towsontown Rec. I originally joined cross country because for the eighth grade middle school basketball team you had to run two miles at the first day of tryouts. I ran to get in shape in the weeks leading up to it. I thought, 'This seems like something I could do in the fall instead of playing rec soccer.' That's why I joined the cross country team and I fell in love with it."


What is your biggest accomplishment in cross country or track?
Winning the (Class 4A cross country) state championship as a team. Even through you may say it's not an individual accomplishment, it's something we wanted to do as a team for the past three years. It was the apex of what we were looking forward to, so to finally achieve that was exhilarating and rewarding. All the hard work paid off."


What was your most difficult race?
Physically, the Glorys Day meet. It was wet and muddy. It was just hell on your legs. Mentally, the state championships in cross country. I had to go out there and compete harder than I ever had to. That was probably my hardest race.


You can't talk about Dulaney track with mentioning state, regional and county champion Eric Walz. You are right behind him in a lot of races.
Does running with someone as successful as Walz take pressure off you?
During races, it does take some of the pressure off when he is there. He is a rabbit in every race. During practice, it's great to have someone like him. All of us on the team push each other a lot. I don't think we would be anywhere near where we are if we didn't have each other. He is one of my best friends. Even before high school, we were friends. I am happy we have been able to stick close together in terms of running.


If you look ahead to the postseason, what would be a good finish to your high school career?
I would really like to improve in the mile (1,600 meters) for states. Indoors, I don't think I had a very good mile race. I ran 4:31 and finished sixth. Ideally, it would be in the top three. Since I will be running in college, I am looking for more time goals to see if I could be in a good position to start off next year. I want to (set) a pr (personal record).


How would your describe your leadership style?
I am more of a lead by example guy. I want and like to lead the young guys. The way you do that is by being friends with them and being supportive. You are always picking them up after a good race or bad race. They know you are there for them. I have been on the track team for four years. I have been able to show what you can do when you work hard.

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