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Speedy Mahopac Senior Shines in Short Distances

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Anthony Califano competes at the sectional championships.
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Mahopac senior Anthony Califano is a captain on the varsity winter track team.

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

I started track freshman year and I originally joined the team so that I would become faster for football.

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

My favorite events are the 100 meters and 400 meters because many of the professional athletes I look up to compete in those events and they are the prime-time events of track and field that show who is the fastest and most mentally tough. I also like the 300 meters because I hold the school record for it and qualified for the state championships in this event. 

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

I think I am successful because of my work ethic, making every rep count, and “not listening to the little voice in my head telling me to take it easy” as one of my coaches would say.

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

As an underclassman, I remember looking up to my captains, so I take it with great pride and do my best to set an example for my teammates and especially the underclassmen.

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

A pre-meet ritual I have is I wear the same pair of lucky socks to every meet. So far they have never let me down.

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

My biggest role models are definitely my parents and coaches. They have taught me that with hard work and the right mindset nothing is unobtainable.

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

One thing not many people know about me is when I get nervous I cough a lot, so right before a race everyone thinks I’m sick and keeps their distance.

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

Continuing to run track at the collegiate level is a strong possibility. I have not yet decided where I am going.

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

I want to study biology or pre-med in college and hopefully in the end graduate from medical school.

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

Michael Johnson and Bo Jackson. My favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys. 

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

I listen to the “Rocky” theme song before a meet.

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

It would be the ability to breathe underwater because I’m not a great swimmer.

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

I would go to Antarctica so I can finally have a pet penguin.

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

After a meet my favorite food to eat is any of mama’s home cooking with extra hot sauce.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

The best place to eat in Mahopac is Crossroads because they are always open.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter because Worldstar gives me a good giggle.

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 a young athlete that joining the track team builds character and really gives you a chance to see what your body is capable of. While it is a team, what you put in at practice is what you get out. There are no refs or teammates to blame when you don’t get the results you wanted.

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