BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
DHAHRAN RODRIGUEZ, CAPITAL PREP: He Took On Any Challenge
Dhahran Velasquez (Richard Messina | firstname.lastname@example.org / December 6, 2013)
COACH: Scott Wojnarowicz
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Finished fifth in the State Open in 16:27 and won the Class S title in 16:29, helping his team to a Class S runner-up finish. Won the CSC title (17:00). ... Won the seeded race at the Wickham Invitational (16:37), the Stratton Brook Invitational small school title and was the Ocean State Invitational champion (16:14). ... Was 51st at New England championships.
VELASQUEZ SAID: “I was undefeated until the State Open. That was a big accomplishment. Another thing that was pretty exciting was the fact that our team was close to winning the state championships. We only lost by one point. I didn't accomplish all my goals, but I did most of them.”
WOJNAROWICZ SAID: “Any challenge he had all season, he's risen to the occasion. His race of the year was the Wickham [Invitational]. Everything wasn't going his way, but he muscled out the last 100 meters to win. His was the best season a Hartford runner has had in a long time. For him to have the type of season he had - and he's not even a cross country runner - against kids who are more experienced … he had a fabulous season.”
UP NEXT: Will run indoor and outdoor track.
IN 10 YEARS: “Hopefully being in the Olympics - that's one of my major goals that I hope to achieve within 10 years. Graduating from college with a degree in architectural engineering.”
MISCELLANEOUS: Set the Class S record (9:34.26) in the 3,200 in the Class S outdoor track championships and finished third in the 1,600. … Finished fifth in the 3,200 in the State Open. … Other interests: “I like to draw a lot. I've been drawing since fifth grade. And building things.” ... He has one brother and one sister and his sister plays hockey and basketball. … Lives in New Britain.