St. Timothy's School 2013 alumni and scholar-athletes Riley Mears and Connor Lane will both attend top universities in the fall.
Riley Mears will attend the college of his choice, Johns Hopkins University, where he will swim competitively for the Blue Jays. Riley, who began year-round swimming in the third grade, currently trains with the Marlins of Raleigh (MOR). While clocking in 20 hours each week with MOR, he was also captain of the high school swim team at St. David’s School. Primarily a distance swimmer, his best events include the mile, 500-yard freestyle, and 400 individual medley.
“I visited many colleges over the last 18 months and spoke with several of the coaches,” Riley said. “What attracted me to Johns Hopkins was the top-notch academics, particularly in the sciences and engineering, as well as the great swim program.”
Cardinal Gibbons High School senior Connor Lane has committed to run at Stanford University. Last fall, the former Titan cross country standout won the NC High School Athletic Association 4A title. He was named NC Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, and recently named the NCHSAA 4A Track & Field Championship's Most Outstanding Performer after winning both the 1600m and the 3200m at the state championship.
“I knew from the beginning that I wanted to find a school with a great academic environment as well as a successful cross country and track team,” Connor said. “I was fortunate to find that balance at Stanford.”
Arguably the best mix of academics and cross country/track in the nation, Connor cited the coaching staff, students on the team, and Stanford faculty with presenting an opportunity that was simply too good to pass up.
“Running for STS in middle school increased my love for the sport,” he said. “Those teams taught me to enjoy practices and have fun during the races – and to never fear the outcome.”