Article by Rachel Stark for RunnersWorld
Middletown North (N.J.) High School senior Tom O'Neill has made some noise in cross country and track, with a New Jersey Meet of Champions title among his notable wins. Yet he doesn't hear a thing -- not the footsteps of other runners nor the roaring crowd at the finish. O'Neill, who was born deaf, achieves his running success in quiet.
"It's all I've ever known," he says.