Camden Gilmore said that completing the "Triple Crown" at the MIAA Outdoor Championships as a senior was his proudest running moment of his high school career. Gilmore came back from a 9:18 3200 and a 4:14 1600 to clock a personal-best 1:54 800 to complete the feat. (Photo by Craig Amoss)
Loyola-Blakefield has produced an incredible line of distance runners throughout recent years. From his freshman year of cross country - when he broke 17 minutes at NXR Southeast - he has been one of the top runners in his class. Gilmore won his first MIAA title during his junior indoor season when he ran a 9:46 3200 and added six more titles on the track over the course of his career. Gilmore represented Loyola-Blakefield and the state of Maryland on the national level at New Balance Nationals and the Penn Relays. He will transition to competing at Georgetown University on the collegiate level next year.
Gilmore competes in the 3000 meter run at the Penn Relays this past spring.
Name: Camden Gilmore
School: Loyola-Blakefield High School
What was your most memorable race moment?
My biggest competitor: Justin Diehl. I knew of the name after my first cross country race freshman year. He was the freshman phenom in my eyes. We did not battle much because we were in different conferences, but I always kept an eye on him when we shared an occasional invite. Coming up on the spring of Junior year, Justin reached out to me and asked about going on a run on the B&A trail.
A few days before I got that text we had found out that we, along with Garrison [Clark], had qualified for the Penn Relays 3000. We definitely found a connection in that because we all knew each other pretty well and were all in the same class looking at some similar colleges. Over the months, Justin and I continued to meet up at the B&A trail, cool down after our races, and even manage to get lost on a long run at Oregon Ridge. We found a way to make our competition help us both get better.
My greatest accomplishment was winning my heat in the 2 Mile at New Balance Indoor Nationals. I executed the race exactly how I wanted to and set myself up in a great position to get top 6 going into the final heat. However, the night before went all wrong. We had a 4xMile the day before and were all a little tired from that, so we got back to the hotel a little late, I could not find a good place to eat dinner to save my life so I chowed down a bunch of pizza, and I lost an hour of sleep that night because of Daylight Savings. All I did was keep calm and constantly tell myself that the most important piece was my training, and nothing could take away the hard months I had invested into running that 2 Mile. Unfortunately, I placed 8th and missed All-American by two spots, but it was a great experience and I would never change the race that I had in the Armory.
Gilmore and the rest of the Loyola Dons after winning the MIAA XC title.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
My most difficult obstacle was the 2019 Arcadia Invitational. I qualified for the fast heat in the 3200 with some of the best names in the country. The race has a history of helping dozens of high schoolers to break 9 in the 3200. It was my fourth meet in nine days, I traveled for six hours the day before, and I raced at midnight ET. It was probably my worst race of the season, but I congratulated myself on going through the mile at 4:30, something way out of my comfort zone. I truly believe Arcadia was a huge opportunity to prepare myself for the upcoming years in college.
What will you miss the most?
What are your college plans?
Who would you like to say "thank you" to?
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