Senior Salute to Park View's Daulton Roach
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Questions 1: What was your greatest moment while competing in high school?
My greatest moment competing in high school was Park View High School's senior night! I had a great race and I was so honored to wear my uniform on my home course one last time. Our senior night celebration was also so bittersweet. I was so excited to be graduating but also so sad to be leaving the team I considered family for the last four years.
Question 2: What is your biggest regret (related to T&F in high school) or what would you have done differently and why?
My biggest regret was my final 100 meters of my first ever cross country race at great meadows as a ninth grader. I thought I was such a stud running down the finishing stretch and I decided to smile, wave, and blow kisses to the people clapping. My coach made sure to show me how I should be finishing races when he made me sprint the whole next practice.
Question 3: What will you miss the most about HS T&F/XC?
I will miss my team more than anything else involved in high school running! I loved each and every one of them so much. Going to practice and seeing them every day made me so happy. I consider all of them some of my best friends. I'll be sure to make it back to Sterling so I can watch them race at Oatlands again.
Question 4: What is some advice from incoming frosh and rising seniors on your high school team that you would like to share with them?
"Success is a journey, not a destination." Don't focus on what those around you are doing because everyone's journey and everyone's definition of success is different. I faced lots of injury in high school and I was far from a distance superstar. I still feel like these last four years have been extremely successful, not because of the times I crossed the finish line, but because of the relationships I've made and the experiences I can carry with me. Also, HYDRATE TO BE GREAT!
Question 5: What was the hardest workout you did your entire high school career? Did you like it or did you dread it?
Every Friday I mentally prepared myself for hill repeats. I absolutely dreaded running hills and in my opinion it was the toughest workout I ever went through. Nobody knows leg pain until they run up a hill for an hour.
Question 6: How did you make track/XC a very individual sport into more of a team sport?
Team parties were a ritual on our team! On the day of tryouts every year I threw a post practice team breakfast in which the whole team was invited too. We also had countless team bonfires that would last late into the night and anybody who had a birthday during the season was sure to be heavily celebrated.
Question 7: Finally, what are your college plans? Will you be competing in college, where? What do you plan on studying? What do you have as career plans?
Next year I'm so excited to be attending the University of Virginia! WAHOOWA!!! I plan on joining the club running team and student government. I don't have a definite career path yet but I plan to double major in biology and psychology.