Torrington High School Senior Spotlight. Ariana Santos.
How long have you been running: I have been running for seven years.
Have you played any other sports: No, I have only participated in running sports such as cross-country and outdoor and indoor track.
What is your favorite event and why: My favorite event is the 4x800 because I like the pressure of having my teammates depend on my performance. It makes me push myself harder.
How do you prepare for track meets: I prepare myself for track meets by thinking about my events and picturing myself pushing and working hard while running that event.
Do you have a particular routine that you follow, including a favorite meal: I do not have a particular routine that I follow, but the night before a meet, I try to get a good night’s sleep.
What do you like about running: I like how when I run, I am in my own space, nothing matters except my feet hitting the ground. Running gives me the ability to leave all my worries and problems to the side.
What are your future plans: My future plans include attending the University of Connecticut and majoring in psychology.
Talk about what it means to be part of this Raiders track team: Being part of the Raiders track team is a very special privilege. I began like everyone else, a nervous freshman, scared of all the new things that come with being on a high school track team, but through the years I have come to realize that the Raiders track team isn't just a team, it's a family. We all care about each other and we all do what we need to do as a team. I am very proud to have been a Raider on the track team for all four years of high school.
If you could describe your high school in a few words, how would you do so: If I had to describe my high school in a couple of words, I'd use crazy, fun, and memorable.
Who are the biggest influences in your life: The biggest influences in my life are my mother and father. They inspire me to work hard and try my best in every situation. I can't thank them enough for supporting me and showing me that even when life doesn't go as planned, you make a new plan and work with what you've got and excel at it.
Any advice for future THS students: I'd like to give advice to all high schoolers: unless you lose complete passion for something, don't give it up. There have been times when I wanted to quit sports but I'm glad I stuck with it.