Mahopac senior Sami Mirchin is a captain on the track team. She also competed on the cross country and winter track squads

How old were you when you first started competing in track and field and how did you get started?

I competed in my first race in fifth grade for the elementary school team. After that, running really spiked my interest and I then continued to run on the modified team in middle school, then moved on to varsity for my high school years and haven’t stopped since.

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What are your favorite events in track and why do you enjoy them?

The 1,500 and 3,000 meter races. I like these events because I enjoy the longer distances. For me, the longer the better.

Why do you think you are successful in these particular events?

I think I am successful with the longer distance races because I am an endurance paced runner which means I can keep a faster pace for a longer period of time.

What are the team’s goals for the rest of the season?

Since track is mostly known for being an individualized sport everyone keeps their own goals. How we get the team morality is when we share our goals with each other and try and help each person achieve them.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-meet or post-meet ritual that you share with your teammates?

My favorite pre-race activity is right before the gun goes off for the start of the race and all the girls on the team get into a huddle on the starting line and chant ‘Pac on three, ‘Pac on three, 1,2,3, ‘Pac!’ It really amps everyone up before the race and helps everyone feel unified.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

I don’t have a single role model, but two major ones. My mom and dad have taught me so much throughout the years. One major thing has been that with hard work, you can achieve success in anything you put your mind to.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I really enjoying baking in the free time that I do have.

Do you plan on continuing to compete in track in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I will be furthering my running career at the University at Buffalo where I will be competing on their track and cross country teams. This school offers me the right balance with academics and athletics and I think I fit in very well there.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I’m going to be studying pharmacy in a six year program to get my doctorate of pharmacy. I’ve always been really interested in learning about science so this major is a good fit for me.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Steve Prefontaine. Though he passed away 41 years ago, he revolutionized the running world and I aspire to have the same guts he had. He pushed himself to his limits every time he raced and was never afraid to try harder.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a meet?

I like to listen to Maroon 5 before a race because their music calms my nerves and helps me focus.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

If I could have a superpower I would want to be able to read people’s minds. I think it would be really cool to be able to see what someone else is thinking, but not saying out loud.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?          

I would love to go to Hawaii. It looks so beautiful there and there is so much that you could do. Also the fact that the state is made up of a bunch of islands is interesting to me.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

My favorite food to eat before a race is a plain bagel with cream cheese. I don’t really know why, but I have to have one before every race.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Bliss. They have the best wraps and mac and cheese in town.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter, because it is an easy way to keep in touch with people and to see what they’ve been up to.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the track program and why should they go out for the team?

I am extremely grateful that I decided to join the track team my freshman year. Everyone is so friendly and always cheering each other on, creating a great environment to succeed. I am glad that I can say that I’ve made a lot of friends from being part of the track program and been able to meet a bunch of fantastic people.