MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Senior captain Emma Ranaghan is a sprinter on the Mahopac track and field team. In spring 2019, her sprint medley relay team broke the school record for the 100-100-200-400-meter race. In the 2019-2020 winter season, Ranaghan and her 4x200-meter relay team made it to the Class A meet, receiving some medals from placing in meets along the way. Throughout her career, she has been recognized by NYSPHSAA as a scholar athlete. She was named a senior captain for the winter and spring seasons.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
I spend my days doing my schoolwork, Facetiming friends, going for walks and runs, cooking and baking, and working at a grocery store.
When did you start running and what got you started?
I started running in my sophomore year, when I joined the team. I actually had always hated running, but I wanted to find a way to stay active with my friends.
What is your favorite track event and why?
I love the 200-meter dash because it is a perfect distance for me to showcase my speed without having to worry about an off-start ruining the race, or burning out before the finish.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Mahopac?
Last winter, my team was on the way back from a meet at the Armory in New York City the day before winter break started and we spent the whole bus ride home singing Christmas songs.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My aunt ran track throughout high school and college and she has taught me that the challenges that come with sports and school are worth the friendships, experiences and payoff.
What are your post-high school plans, athletically and academically?
I am attending the University of Connecticut in the fall to study Finance and I plan on joining the running club there.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I bring the same blue blanket on the bus before every meet and listen to music on the way.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
To be able to speak any language so that I can travel anywhere and communicate with anyone.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I love to sing and when I was little I wanted to be on “American Idol.”
What place would you most like to visit?
I have always wanted to go to Hawaii.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Bliss. Their buffalo fries are amazing.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
I love Twitter because it’s where I get my news and updates.
Are you currently binging anything?
I just got done watching “All American” and “Tiger King.”
For a young athlete growing up in the Mahopac school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the track team and why should they go out for it?
The track team is unlike any other because it has such diversity in events that almost anyone can find something that they love to compete in. The support amongst teammates and coaches is incredible. Being a part of a co-ed team with each grade brings new friendships where you can learn something new from everyone. The sport is a perfect mixture of physical and mental challenge and I will take the lessons I learned from it with me throughout my life.