We Salute Giovanni Valverde, Dodge City High School

Name: Giovanni Valverde
School: Dodge City High School

Q: What does your training look like right now given the current situation?
A: My training right now is just getting mileage in.

Q: What are you doing to stay busy other than run right now?
A: I've been working

Q: What was your most memorable race/moment?
A: My most memorable moment was my sophomore year regional race. We qualified for the state cross country meet with only one varsity returner from the previous year.

Q: What was the funniest thing that happened during your running career?
A:  The funniest thing was the hotel nights.

Q: Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
A: My teammates for sure, we always tried to beat each other.

Q: What was your greatest accomplishment?
A: My greatest accomplishment is winning the conference championship as a team, and also qualifying for state cross country meet every year.

Q: If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
A: One thing I would change is my offseason training.

Q: What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
A: The most difficult obstacle I had to overcome was myself.

Q: What will you miss the most?
A: My teammates and coach for sure.

Q: What advice would you give to younger athletes?
A: Keep running, and believe in yourself. You can do it.

Q: What kind of an impact has your coach had on you and your team?
A:  Coach Buc is the best coach you could ask for. He wants every athlete to be successful. He will figure out who you are as a person and if you are serious about your life. Without Coach Buc, I would not be where I am right now. He's like a father to me even though I didn't talk to him much. He cares, and he's the 2nd nicest person in the world behind the man upstairs like our track coach foster said.

Q: What are your college plans?
A: My plans are to attend and run at Newman University majoring in IT.

Q: Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?
A: God, family, coach, friends, and teammates for always supporting me and for helping me in my running career

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Q: Favorite Meal?
A: Spaghetti

Q: If you could be any animal what would you choose? and why?
A: Horse because they race too.

Q: Your favorite superhero?
A: Black Panther