Barak Goldstein

2024 XC/Track Athlete from Highland Park HS


My name is Barak Goldstein, and I am a part of the class of 2024 Track and Cross Country Team at Highland Park High School in Illinois. As a junior, I currently have personal bests of 52.2 in the 400m (split), 1:56.15 in the 800m, 4:27.77 in the 1600m, and 15:22 in the cross country 3 mile distance. Currently, I have 2 freshman and 1 sophomore records, and hold the 1000m school record in a time of 2:37.82. Academically, I have a weighted GPA of 4.13 and have made schoolwork a priority, in addition to my training. My goals for senior year include: qualifying for the IHSA Cross Country Championships, running sub 4:20 in the 1600m, and running 1:53 or faster in the 800m.

Running has been my passion since I was a boy, running my first 5k at the age of 7. Since entering high school, I have been a devoted teammate and runner. After my sophomore year of Track and Field, I was voted “most consistent” by my teammates for steady growth in my training and positive attitude. In addition to running, I also participate in school activities such as No Place for Hate, and Human Rights Club (Co-President). I have taken guitar lessons since 8th grade, and piano since 6th grade, and I perform as a guitarist at school recitals. I have a passion for automobiles, and have studied and worked on them with friends during my free-time.

My personal philosophy is to “win the day” and hold myself accountable to others. This standard has helped me accomplish a variety of goals in trying my best. Life is a work in progress, and we are always learning, always growing, always challenging. I look forward to developing more with this approach in the coming years, both short-term through my senior year, and long-term, striving to accomplish my greatest goal of being a student athlete at the college level. For more information, please email me at 


6’1.5 / 145
400m: 52.2 (split)
800m: 1:56.15
1000m: 2:37.82
1600m: 4:27
3 mile: 15:22


4.13 GPA
Intended Major: History / Psychology / Economics
NCAA ID: 2305905233  

Extracurricular Activities

Human Rights Club
Guitar / Orchestra
Board Member USY

Graduation Year

2024 Graduate from Highland Park HS in Highland Park, IL



* 4.13 GPA
* AP English Lit, SR
* AP Environmental Science, SR
* AP Calculus AB, SR
* AP Econ Micro/Macro, SR
* AP English Lang, JR
* AP US History, JR
* AP Psychology, SO

Resume / Honors & Accomplishments

* IHSA State Qualifier (800m + 4x400m), JR
* 5th – Sectionals (1:57.67, 800m), JR
* 21st – Distance Night in Palatine (1:56.99, 800m), JR
* 5th – Rolling Meadows Mustang Classic (4:27, 1600m), JR
* 6th – Illinois Top Times (1:59.11, 800m), JR
* Most Consistent Award, SO
* Varsity letterman – JR, SO, FR
* Varsity letterman

* Nike XC Camp at University of San Diego

Upcoming Schedule

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