Team: Ilion Golden Bombers
Year in school: Senior
Sport: Track and Field
Events: 100 and 400 hurdles; long and triple jump; four-by-400
Sport to play: Soccer
Sport to watch: Track
Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo
Team: Spain (soccer)
Class in school: English
TV show: Family Guy
Actor: Gerard Butler
Song: I love a variety of music but probably "Fireflies" by Owl City
Bands: I would have to narrow it down to Fall Out Boy and Rascal Flatts
Food: Steamed Clams
Explain what you enjoy most about your sport and athletics.
Well what I like most about sports and athletics in general is that it’s a great way to make good friends from different schools. I love that in sports you have to work with other people to achieve a common goal and you need to be able to get along with those people; otherwise it will be difficult. Lastly, I would have to say that athletics and sports both are a great opportunity for youth and that more kids should get involved with sports.
What is your most memorable athletic moment?
I definitely have a lot of great memorable athletic moments, but I would have to say the best one was last year when I finally broke the school’s 100 (hurdles) track record after years of hard work striving to break it before I graduate.
Tell us about someone who inspires you in sports and why
My parents have to be one of the biggest inspirations I have, for that they expect so much out of me and I get my competitiveness from them. I love seeing them at my games or meets and they’re always there cheering me on.
What are your greatest challenges balancing academics and sports?
Between balancing both sports and keep up a 90 above average, senior year for me has been somewhat of a challenge. Grades always have to come before sports for that; if you are failing a coarse, you are penalized in the sport you play. My greatest challenge I would say so far would have to be all the homework and essays due at once and having to write them sometimes on a bus ride to a meet or game so I’m not up half the night.
What are your plans after graduating from high school?
I will be attending Roberts Wesleyan College where I plan on running track — received a track scholarship — and playing soccer. I plan to pursue my bachelors degree and then go on for my masters degree.
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