Achievements: In March, as a freshman, he broke the national indoor 5K record for high school runners with a 14:18.42 at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston, but his passion isn't limited to track. The Lithuanian-born sophomore at Carl Sandburg High is a sprint-distance triathlete at heart. At the youth elite nationals triathlon in Colorado Springs last August, Lukas came in a full minute ahead of the second-place finisher, and in April he won gold at the Pan Am Junior Championships with a time of 58:03.
Next step: Lukas will compete at the World Junior Championships in Australia this September in the sprint triathlon. ''I just want to make it to the 2012 Olympics [as a triathlete],'' says Lukas. ''But in 2016 I think I can win.''
Text: Sarah Kwak/SI
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