Mick Iacofano is ready for the next chapter in his running career.
Iacofano, a 2013 St. Vincent-St. Mary graduate, is set to run on the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Kentucky.
“I am really excited to get started,” Iacofano said. “The summer has been going well with training. We are experiencing a coaching change at the University of Kentucky, but I am following the training plan for the summer. I am feeling very strong and am probably the strongest and most fit I have felt.”
Iacofano, who is 5-foot-11, won the Division II state individual championship in cross country as a senior in a personal-best time of 15:32.98. He earned eight letters at St. V-M, four apiece in cross country and track and field.
Iacofano, 18,qualified for the state cross country meet all four seasons and helped St. V-M finish as state runner-up during his sophomore and junior seasons. The Fighting Irish were sixth during his freshman and senior seasons.
He also competed at the Division II state track and field meet as a junior and senior. During his junior year, he contributed on the Irish 3,200-meter relay that won a state title, placed fifth in the 3,200. The Irish was team runner-up. He helped the Irish win a team state track and field title as a senior and placed in three events: 3,200 relay (fourth), 1,600 (third) and 3,200 (fifth).
“Mick is the third runner for me to win a state championship in cross country,” St. V-M cross country and track and field coach Dan Lancianese said. “We really did think he had a shot at the triple crown by winning the mile and two mile on the track after winning in cross country.
“He has a lot of potential. He is a work horse and constantly trying to improve his game.”
Lancianese reflected on Iacofano’s career at St. V-M, which included a memorable performance in a duel track and field meet at Walsh Jesuit.
“Mick did four events in that duel at Walsh,” Lancianese said. “He ran the mile, the two mile, the 800 and the 4x800 relay. He gave an unbelievable performance. I didn’t ask him to do it. He just volunteered to do it and we won that dual meet.”
Iacofano said he plans to major in biosystems engineering at UK, where he received partial athletic and partial academic scholarships. He also considered going to Kent State, Miami (OH) and Eastern Michigan.
He hopes to compete in the 3,000 steeplechase, the 1,500 and the 3.1 mile race in college.