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Mahopac Senior Excels in Short Distances

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Kayleigh Miller runs during winter track season.
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Mahopac senior Kayleigh Miller is a captain on the varsity track team. She also was also on the winter track squad and played as a midfielder on the varsity soccer team.

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

I started track my freshman year primarily to improve in soccer and ended up being serious about it.

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

My favorite events are the 100- and 200-meter dashes because they are shorter distance sprints that allow you to build up speed even without a good start.

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

I am successful in these events because my coaches have pushed me to improve in the little parts that make a big difference, like my form and starts, and to set goals for myself.

What is your greatest strength as a soccer player?

My speed and strength on the ball.

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

Pre-meet I like to listen to music on the bus and mentally prepare myself and then after our races my teammates and I just talk and eat.

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

My biggest role models are my parents because they taught me the value of hard work.

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

I want to learn how to surf.

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

Yes, I am committed to play soccer at Hamilton College. I chose Hamilton because of the successful soccer program and the rigorous academics.

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

Lionel Messi and my favorite pro sports team is Manchester City.

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

Usually hip hop.

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

I would have the power to teleport so that I could go places faster and whenever I wanted.

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 visit Bali because it looks fun to explore.

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

Before a game, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple, and after, pasta and chocolate milk.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Countryside Kitchen because I love breakfast food.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter because it’s the only one I have.

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 would tell them that being part of the track team is one of the best decisions I have ever made. While it is a team sport, there is something about competing against yourself that makes track so unique. Also, the people I have met through track are some of the coolest people I have ever met.

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