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Sullivan to compete for Virginia


McDonogh three-sport standout Sean Sullivan will enroll at the University of Virginia this fall on a track and field scholarship, enabling him to pursue a possible career as an Olympic decathlete.

Sullivan (6 feet 5, 195 pounds) chose Virginia despite a strong recruiting pitch by the Naval Academy.

"The Naval Academy is too slanted toward one field of endeavor," said Sullivan of Sykesville. "I've felt for a long time that Virginia is the right fit for me."

Sullivan is the only metro area athlete who was ranked in five track and field categories this spring -- the pole vault, high jump, discus, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

His specialty is the pole vault where he holds the McDonogh school record of 14 feet, 6 inches and set the MIAA record with a leap of 14-0 in this spring's championship meet.

Sullivan was chosen the outstanding field events performer in the MIAA meet, winning three gold medals.

He also averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds for the McDonogh basketball team last winter and was a tight end on the football team.

At Virginia, Sullivan will have an opportunity to compete in three decathlons each year along with being used in certain events during indoor and outdoor track and field meets.

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