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Delaware Technical Community College student-athletes interviews are back! Every Thursday, Delaware Sports Blitz will feature interviews with the student-athletes from the Community College.
The student-athlete we are featuring this week comes from Delaware Tech’s women’s cross country team, which is Kaitlyn Cavallucci.
Cavallucci has had quite the season as she overcame lower leg injuries that kept her sidelined for all but three meets, she won the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference women’s 5k meet, and placed third overall in the NJCAA Region 19 Championship Meet.
The Delaware Tech Cross Country runner’s third-place finish in the NJCAA Region 19 Championship Meet qualified her for the NJCAA National Championship Meet on Nov. 13 in Richmond, Va. Good Luck Kaitlyn!!!
Check out Kaitlyn’s interview below!
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“Some of the adjustments that I had to make were knowing that there was going to be more of a workload for school and trying to balance school and sports at the same time.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the off-season for your sport?
“I keep myself in shape while in the off-season by running and working out with my dad at the gym.”
What is the best part of playing your sport?
“The best part about running cross country is getting to run different trails and meeting new people at the college cross country meets.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“One of my former coaches has taught me to grow in my running and has also taught me to get out fast on the course so that I’m able to have a great running time.”
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“We have cross country practice every day, but we do have one day off during the week where we are not running.”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“I feel that my greatest strength is running and passing other people on the running course.”
What do you feel you are weakest at and what do you work on to improve it?
“The thing that I am weakest at is dealing with physical pain during my race. For example, foot pain and having side stitches.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
“Some of my highlights from my athletic career are being able to run with my teammates, and running a great race, and getting a great time. Another highlight that I have is getting awards for getting a great running time.”
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“The best part about running on a team is meeting new people and being able to connect with coaches and teammates. I`ve also loved cheering on the guys after my race is over as well.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“I stay motived during the high and lows of a season, by having a positive mindset and saying positive thoughts to myself.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
“The biggest challenge that I faced was being injured for the first half of the cross country season and wasn`t able to run for a couple of weeks. I overcame this by going to the gym and doing other workouts besides running, so I was still able to keep myself in shape.”
In what ways, does playing a sport, help you with your studies?
“Playing a sport helps me with my studies because I make sure to get my work done before practice starts. Every Monday, I meet with my counselor Franc Cook, and he asks me how I am doing in my classes and how my grades are as well.”
How would you like to be remembered by your teammates and coaches?
“I would like to be remembered as hardworking, a fast runner, a motivational person, kind-hearted, and a wonderful teammate.”
Why did you choose to play at Delaware Tech?
“I chose to run at Delaware Tech because, when I was a senior at Sussex Tech, and I was running cross country for them, I knew I wanted to continue my running career in college. I also wanted to stay close to home while trying to get used to college classes. And I wanted to be part of an awesome team!”
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