Sports

Mahopac Senior Excels in Middle Distance Races

Mahopac senior Tyler Rimaldi is a captain on the winter track team. He also ran cross country and pitches for the varsity baseball team.

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

I was 14 years old. I started running because my father and I thought it would be the best way for me to stay in shape for baseball.

Sign Up for E-News

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

My favorite events in track are the 1,000 and 1,600 meters. Although I like running the 1,000 the most because there’s no time for thinking—just running.

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

I am successful in these events because of my parents encouragement and from the rigorous workouts my coaches make for the team.

Do you have any goals for yourself for the rest of the winter track season?

My goals for the rest of the winter track season are to run a 2:45 or below in the 1,000, then further extend my season to state quals and then ultimately states.

As a senior captain, how did you see your role on the team, and how much did you value being a team leader?

I was extremely honored to be chosen as one of the captains. I feel that my role on the team is to lead by example and to encourage my teammates that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. After all, it is all mental, according to coach (Joseph) Montalto.

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

My favorite pre-meet ritual that I shared with my teammates was when both of the distance coaches would hype us up for our events.

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

My father because he has shown me exactly how hard work pays off in the long run.

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

I taught myself how to build a computer.

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 am not sure if I’ll be running at the college level, but I’ll definitely be involved in some sort of running club.

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

Yes, I plan on studying computer science. I really enjoy learning about computers.

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

My favorite professional athlete when I was growing up was Mariano Rivera, the best closer of all time. My favorite sports team is the New York Yankees.

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

I listen to a wide variety of music, usually it’s rock.

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

The ability to fly because I could go wherever I desire.

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

I would like to go to Italy because I’ve always wanted to see the Colosseum.

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

I usually eat a lot of pasta the night before a track meet.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Rammi’s Bagels. I love their bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

I personally find myself on Instagram more often than Twitter or Facebook. I feel it’s easy to use and it’s the best way to socialize with your friends.

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?

Being part of the track program was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I have met some of my best friends and had some of the best coaches I’ll ever have.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Mahopac

Here's What You Missed Last Week

Last week, the Daily News ran a headline, “When is our father coming home?” This dealt with a person here illegally, married to an American woman with a family, who was arrested at an Army base while delivering pizza. You are supposed to think that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under Trump, is tearing families apart. As usual, it was a crock of cow pies. It was ...

Watergate Analogies Apply to Obama, Not Trump

My liberal counterpart in this publication is about my age. Maybe I am the baby of the group, but we all have had the same seminal experiences of our youth: Vietnam, the civil rights movement and Watergate. These are what shaped our political perspectives.

Looking back, maybe, just maybe those who thought Nixon was really deserving of his fate cannot be faulted for thinking so. It was once ...

Reagan on Trump

The party of “Honest Abe” has now become the party of Dishonest Don, and what follows are some disturbing displays of a Republican Party that has become devoid of conscience:

• More than 4,600 American citizens dead in Puerto Rico—a postscript to the government’s abysmal response to the widespread devastation of Hurricane Maria; 
• The underhanded ...

The Rich Get Richer, and We’re Paying For It

According to a Harvard University study published late last year, most Americans believe that the richest 20 percent of Americans own just half of the nation’s wealth. Wrong! The top 20 percent own 93 percent of the nation’s wealth, and the top 1 percent own 40 percent of that wealth. Additionally, the top 10 percent of earners in 2017 took home more than half the nation’s ...

Competing—Against Yourself

This is the time of year when students are recognized at public ceremonies for notable achievements in their studies, their sports and in their extracurricular pursuits.

Where we live, there are awards in various sports that are named for our son, who also is memorialized by town ballfield Harrison Apar Field of Dreams and a charitable foundation of the same name.

Due to a rare dwarfism, ...

Honoring Our Veterans’ Freedom of Speech

Memorial Day is over, but writing about America’s veterans doesn’t have an expiration date.

My dad, George, was as proud a veteran as you’d meet. He served in the Army in World War II and loved our country no less than the next veteran. I am proud of him, as is my brother, Robert, who served in the Air Force.

Growing up, the one vacation we took each year was spent with ...

I Come from the Land Down Under

I know this is a family column, so I’m going to put this in as delicate terms as possible.

This morning I woke up and I knew, as sure as the sun shines over Bora Bora, that something was very, very wrong in that place in my body where the Bora Bora sun doesn’t shine.

It’s that place I used to refer to my daughter as her hoo-hoo. But it certainly wasn’t a happy ...

Mouthing Off

When I went for oral surgery last spring, the doctor told me he could only do one half of my mouth that day or I wouldn’t be able to eat for two weeks. Considering it was almost bathing suit season, I didn’t think that was necessarily a bad thing. But he convinced me otherwise, and told me if I was really gung ho about getting it all done, I could come back in a month or so to have ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b4cc78dd32adbbf57c97_2018_hiv_testing_day_eng

Wed, June 27, 9:00 AM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

PCDOH Free HIV Testing Day

Health & Wellness