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.

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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.

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