Cromwell SAM Jared Darius

Jared Darius

Sports played:
Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

Academic accomplishments:
Scholar Leader Award, 4x Student of the Month, earned Honors with Distinction every quarter of high school so far, and President of the National Honor Society.

Athletic accomplishments:
Captain of the Cromwell Boys Cross Country team for 2013 and 2014, various medals and awards from cross country and track meets.

How I prepare for a game:
I think about the race from start to finish in my head, trying to plan when to make moves or surges in the race to put myself in position for the best possible outcome. I try to listen to some of my favorite instrumental music to keep myself calm and relaxed, but in the half hour before the race I do my best to keep things loose by talking and joking with teammates during the warm up, and conversing causally with runners from opposing teams. However, once the gun goes off I am doing everything in my power to beat everyone on the start line.

What are you most excited about this season?
I am most excited about the possibility to go All-State this year. I put in hundreds of long miles over the summer to prepare for the season and build a strong base, in which I now have the potential to finish in the top 8 at our class state championship race. Additionally, for the first time in over 40 years, Cromwell Cross Country is starting to take home trophies again, and we have a real shot at the Conference Championships.

Most memorable moment as a high school athlete:
Running is one of those sports where there are not many moments that are the greatest and most memorable few seconds. There are of course some great races where everything went well and a new personal best was achieved, such as the Cromwell River Valley Championships invitational a few weeks ago, in which I ran 16:45 for the 5k, a new best by more than a minute. However, running is more of a lifestyle for me. While there are a few great moments, it is the experience as a whole, grueling out long runs and speed workouts with teammates, laughing and enjoying ourselves at pasta parties, and celebrating team successes that I remember most. The ability to just call up a friend at any time asking, “Want to run?” and moments later be cruising through town together on a run is something you just don’t find in other sports.

What do you hope to accomplish this season:
My biggest goal for this season is to place top 8 in our state meet and be an All-State runner, but I would also like to run the 5k in under 16:30.

Favorite pro or college athlete:
Galen Rupp

College plans:
I hope to be accepted into the Honors Program at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, where I will be pursuing a medical science and music.

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