This Maryland high school player profiles series is presented by the U.S. Army.
Cameron Hindle, a senior for the Long Reach High School track and field team, was nominated for the Maryland high school player profiles series by Lightning head coach Rosalind Sheppard.
“Cameron has established himself as one of the fastest middle distance runners in the state,” Sheppard said. “Cameron’s athleticism, hard work and effort have had an impact on the culture of the track team. His teammates all strive to be better athletes because they have witnessed his hard work and dedication which has contributed to his success on the track.”
Hindle has run the 800 meter in 2:02, the 1,600 meter in 4:24 and the 3,200 meter in 9:58. He’s won three Howard County championships, along with a Class 3A regional championship. He finished third in the 1,600-meter run at the Class 3A state indoor championships in February.
During his senior track season, Hindle is hoping to reduce his mile time to under 4:20. He wants to get his 2-mile and 800-meter times down as well, but he’s worried the COVID-19 pandemic could create some difficulties with respect to the upcoming season.
The pandemic has been hard for Hindle. He believes he missed an important season in attracting attention from colleges when outdoor track was canceled last school year. But eventually, he turned it into a positive.
“I’m kind of grateful because I began to just focus on building up the miles. Just trying to run every day. I’ve been running every day for quite a while, and I would say now I’m probably — in terms of mileage — I’m probably my highest,” Hindle said. “I’ve been running probably around 50-mile weeks for quite a bit now. These past like six or seven months I’ve given me quite an opportunity to become an even stronger runner.”
In addition to his athletic accolades, Sheppard noted Hindle’s academic prowess. Hindle receives good grades while taking many advanced placement and honors classes. Sheppard also praised Hindle’s leadership on and off the track and his impact on teammates and classmates.
Hindle is not a particularly vocal leader, but leading by example is important to him.
“I definitely want to leave a legacy when I leave, and I hope that I’ve been able to put Long Reach track on the map,” Hindle said. “I hope other athletes will follow in my footsteps and just try and be the best they can be and leave it all out there on the track when they race.”
After high school, Hindle is planning to attend UMBC and run track for the Retrievers. He’s undecided on what he wants to major in.
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Long Reach High School