Construction of a new all-weather football field and track forced graduation exercises at St. Helena (Ca.) High School off the field, where they had been held for 34 consecutive years. Freshly minted grad and “running star” Brian Cole didn’t think much of how his district handled the situation.

“The area where they had graduation wasn’t as big a deal as how the district went about the graduation planning. That’s the only thing that peeved me,” said Cole, who added he plans to attend Williams College in Massachusetts, possibly to study environmental science. “I think someone needs to start calling them on the way they do business.”

Better get used to it, fella!

Cole finished 4th in the mile (in a smoking 4:11.74, mind you) at the California state championships earlier this June. Here’s a nice little Q&A from the local paper, where Cole said he’ll run both cross country and track for the Ephs.

Whitt: What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your four years at St. Helena High School?

Cole: To not worry about what other people think of you. To do what you feel is the right thing to do whether other people believe it is the right thing, whether other people think you are doing the right thing or not.

Does somebody have a lot to learn, or what?

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