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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Marc Dalmau

The Cardinal Mooney High senior is second in Class 2A in the boys discus (48.77 meters).

Cardinal Mooney senior Marc Dalmau.
Cardinal Mooney senior Marc Dalmau.
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Marc Dalmau is a senior track and field athlete at Cardinal Mooney High. As of April 18, Dalmau is second in Class 2A in the boys discus (48.77 meters) according to data. He is also 15th in the class in the shot put (14.91 meters) and 18th in the javelin (45.02 meters). 

When did you start participating in track and field?

When I was a sophomore. I was at Lakewood Ranch High then. I played football, and the coaches required us to do an additional sport. I decided to do throwing because it was an individual sport, which meant I didn't have to worry about dragging other people down or them dragging me down. It was more internal. I just had to focus on myself. That is how I improved. 

What is the appeal to you?

This is going to sound weird, but I like the spinning motions of throwing (discus and shot put). I like the synchronized rhythm. I like that you only have a split second to perfectly perform your technique. It gives me an adrenaline rush. 

What is your favorite event?

It's discus, since that is my best one, relative to the others. I have done a lot of musical theater and dance. I guess that has helped me with the turns and getting the rhythm of the throws down, and helped with my coordination in general. 

What is your favorite track and field memory?

It's a constant memory, but I love making fun of our runners. (Laughs.) We all heckle each other, but it's in good fun. Everyone gets along, and at meets we all support each other. 

What are your goals for the postseason?

I'm trying to break 15 meters in shot put. For javelin, I am feeling a big PR soon. I want to hit 50 meters by the end of the season. Same for discus. I'd actually like to get past 52 meters there. 

What is your favorite food?

Cheeseburgers. You can consistently find good cheeseburgers anywhere you go. It's a safe food for me. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I like "Family Guy" and "South Park" if I'm going pure comedy. For dramas, I like "Breaking Bad" and "Stranger Things." 

Which superpower would you pick?

Either the power to stop time or to have a photographic memory. 

What is your favorite subject?

I like math and literature out of the core subjects. But if I can pick an elective, then musical theater. I'm actually going to college for it (at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio). 

What is the best advice you have received?

Whenever you're meeting someone for the first time or doing an interview or audition, remember that the other person wants you to succeed, not fail. They benefit from your success, and so do you. That always helps me get rid of stress. 

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Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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