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  • Athletes Profiles- Smyrna Cross Country

  • Smyrna Cross Country runners senior Tori Vickers, junior Gabe Mojica and sophomore David Hall are featured in a recent interview.
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  • Athletes Profiles: Smyrna High School runners: Junior Gabe Mojica, sophomore David Hall and senior Tori Vickers
    Question: How old are you, and where are you from?
    Tori: I'm 18 years old, and I am originally from New Castle.
    Gabe: I'm 16 years old, and I am originally from Puerto Rico. I've been in the US for five years.
    David: I'm 15 years old, and I am originally from Wilmington.
    Question: How long have you been running Cross Country?
    Tori: This is my fourth year on varsity, and I've been running for five years.
    Gabe: This is my second year on varsity for Smyrna.
    David: I've been running since I was about six. I played other sports, too, and this is my second year on varsity running Cross Country and track for Smyrna.
    Question: What has been your toughest meet so far?
    Tori: Definitely against Caesar Rodney, because they are also a good team.
    Gabe: It would have to be at the Salesianum Invitational this season at Brandywine Creek State Park because of the hills, the heat, and the tough competition that day.
    David: Yes, I agree, Brandywine Creek State Park was tough because of the heat and the hills.
    Question: What athlete or runner do you most admire?
    Tori: I really admire Coach Suarez. I have learned a lot from her.
    Gabe: Steve Prefontaine- he was a great distance runner in college and professionally.
    David: I admire a lot of pro and college athletes.
    Question: Which is more difficult, running on fast, flat tracks, or running on hilly conditions like at
    Brandywine Creek State Park?
    Tori: Hills are actually my strength, but now I am used to running on both types of courses.
    Gabe: I prefer running on the flat courses. You still have to run a strategic race on either course.
    David: Running on hills is tougher for me now, so I would say I like running on flat courses better.
    Question: What is tougher for you, practices or meets?
    Tori: I would have to say practices because Coach Suarez has us do a lot of different drills and we have to do them in certain times. In meets, we run our best. It's also hard to stay focused, but that's important.
    Gabe: Definitely practices, where we do a lot of hard work. The mental aspects can be difficult.
    David: Practices are very hard, but we are better prepared for meets after tough practices.

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