Lakeland senior Michael Nardelli is a member of the track and field team for Lakeland/Panas and competes during the winter and spring seasons.

How old were you when you started doing track and how did you get started?

I first started doing track when I was 15 in the winter season of 10th grade. I began trying to stay in shape for the other two sports that I played, baseball and soccer. I then discovered that track was my true passion and talent so I decided to leave the other sports and focus solely on track.

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What do you think are your strengths as a runner?

My strength as a runner is my form for hurdles and my speed and endurance for the other sprints I do.

As a senior captain on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?

I see it as my role to motivate and encourage the younger athletes. I can’t take a day off or give less than 100 percent in a workout in order to encourage others on the team to do the same.

What is the feeling you get before a race?

I have a combination of nervousness, confidence and excitement due to the wide variety of outcomes that each race could have.

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