Mahopac senior Tom Caruso is a member of the track and field team. He also was on the winter track and field squad and the cross country team.
How old were you when you first started competing in track and field and how did you get started?
I was 15 when I started track and field. I got into it because my cross country coach, Adam Fetzer, recommended I do it, along with a few teammates.
What are your favorite events in track and why do you enjoy them?
The 1,600 meters is my favorite because it’s really cool to watch and also my favorite to run. Not too long, not too short. The 3,200 meters isn’t bad either, but I only like it a little because I have the school record.
Why do you think you are successful in these particular events?
I think I’m successful in these events because I don’t quit as a result of the pain.
Looking back on this past season, how would you describe it? What was the highlight of it?
This season definitely wasn’t my best, but I’m proud to have finished it with pretty good times. The highlight was getting to run with some cool people.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-meet or post-meet ritual that you share with your teammates?
Being able to share the pain of running with my teammates at practice is definitely my favorite thing.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents are definitely the most important role models; they give me confidence when I don’t have it.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I broke the school record in the 3,200 meters on my second try.
Do you plan on continuing to compete in track in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
Architecture, because of my experience at P.N.W. BOCES.
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a meet?
90’s/early 2000’s hip hop/rap.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
The power to read minds, because people always lie, and I don’t like being lied to. It’s nice to know the truth.
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 the Caribbean — it seems so relaxing.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
After any race, Four Brothers penne alla vodka never fails.
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
Bucci’s Deli, they’re great to everyone and they make make great food.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter, it’s the funniest.
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 think a lot of people just look at track and see a lot of pain and no fun, but the people of track and field are easily the nicest, most down to earth people, which makes it more enjoyable and you never know, you might be really good which can benefit you when trying to get money for college.