Name: Gabriel Calandri
School: Kennebunk High School
What was your most memorable race/meet?
The DMR at the Westbrook Relays, my relay partners and I didn't care much for this race and we started to scream during our legs. I just had an amazing time overall that this meet will definitely be remembered.
Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
Special Shoutout to Aiden Willey of Bonny Eagle, Nick Lillis of Marshwood, Joe Ashby of Freeport, Sam Mills of Biddeford, and my guy Ethan Eickmann of Kennebunk.
What was your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment would have to be joining the indoor track team my sophomore year. That decision made my life so much better.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your xc/track&field career in high school?
I think it would be joining cross country my freshman year at my old high school in New Jersey which would have added another year of running on my resume which could have translated into better times.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
I think my most difficult obstacle was not believing in myself at a early point in my career. I realized this confidence in the spring season of my junior year and it has made the difference.
What will you miss the most?
I will most my teammates and coaches. Also, all the friends that I made through this wonderful system.
What advice you would give to younger athletes?
I would say to always strive and never to idolize anyone, only yourself.
What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?
Our distance coach, Jon Fulford, has instilled into our brains that we have to respect the process. This motto has made the difference.
What are your college plans?
I will be running cross country/indoor track/outdoor track at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Go Lions!!!, shoutout to Fabian Mestanza who will also be following the same plans.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
I would like to thanks the town of Kennebunk for generating enough funds to fund our sports teams.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
add me on snapchat- londonengland5 and my buddy's e.eickmann, and my buddy's snapchat: sammills88 .