Name: Dante Lingley
School: Westbrook High School
What was your most memorable race/meet?
Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
Some big competition of mine would be Issac Ofielu, Antonio Ciccomacini, and Owen Podolec.
What was your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment would be working my way up from being almost 300th in the whole state freshman year for the 100m dash, to becoming tied for third in the state with Samacha Sam last year.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your xc/track&field career in high school?
I wouldn't change anything about my career in high school. I'm very proud and happy with how far I've come and the things I've achieved.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
I'd say the most challenging obstacle that I've had to overcome was the injuries that I've had during my first two years of high school track-and just overcoming that mental obstacle of keeping my head up when thinking that these injuries were going to keep me back from working hard and becoming a better sprinter.
What will you miss the most?
I will miss the people. The bonds and friendships that have been created during these four years. I'm going to miss not having to be able to finish off my last outdoor season.
What advice you would give to younger athletes?
What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?
My coach Clayton Conrad was like a second father to me. When I told him that I wanted to become one of the top sprinters in the state, he helped me with what I needed to become a better athlete, not only physically, but mentally. He pushed me out of my limit so many times that It all out made me a much better athlete. Without his extremely hard and annoying workouts, I wouldn't have become the athlete I am today. Coach Lally played a huge role in helping me out. She gave me a lot of helpful workouts for me to do during the offseason and recommended a lot of people and places to go to train. She has been so helpful as a coach, and I am so thankful to both Coach Conrad and Coach Lally for giving me the most support over the years in shaping me to who I am today.
How do you feel about missing your senior season due to the coronavirus?
What are your college plans?
My main plan for college is to get stronger and faster than what I was the year before, and to keep on improving each year, and better myself as an athlete.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?