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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Grayson Cicilioni

The Sarasota High runner is moving up the ranks in the 3,200-meter run.

Sarasota High track and field sophomore Grayson Cicilioni.
Sarasota High track and field sophomore Grayson Cicilioni.
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Grayson Cicilioni is a sophomore runner on the Sarasota High boys track and field team. As of April 2, Cicilioni is No. 38 in Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A in the 3,200-meter run (9:51.59). He set the mark at the 2024 Riverview Ram Invitational on March 7, where he finished first. He also competes in the 1,600-meter run. 

When did you start running?

I have been in running clubs since I was in fourth grade at Pine View School. From fourth grade to sixth grade I would run a few laps every day. Then I started doing track in middle school. In eighth grade, I asked my brother (former Sarasota High runner Orlando Cicilioni) to make me a training plan so I could get faster. Now I'm in high school and I still love doing it. 

What is the appeal to you?

That's a good question. I think it is mainly knowing that I'm doing something productive. It is satisfying to know that I've done my running for the day. I'm taking care of my body and becoming more disciplined. 

What is your favorite event?

Probably the 3,200-meter run. I'm not good at starting fast, pushing and shoving off the line. You have to do that in the 800 meters, even the mile (1,600 meters). But in the 3,200, there's some coasting. I like coasting. Once other people have gone out too fast and they start getting tired, I start doing my work. 

What is your favorite running memory?

Going to the pre-states meet in Tallahassee this past cross-country season was a lot of fun. Hanging with the guys and getting to run a well-known course (at Apalachee Regional Park) was nice, as was competing with the best runners in the state — without the pressure of an actual state meet.

What are your goals for this season?

I want to run a 9:30 in the 3,200 and maybe a 4:20 in the 1,600. 

What is your favorite food?

I have to go with chicken Alfredo. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I'll say "Suits." I liked that a lot. 

What is your favorite school subject?

Science. I'm in AP Chemistry right now and I like it. 

What are your hobbies?

I've played the violin for eight years. I won the (2023-2024) Sarasota Orchestra Young Artists competition for it. It's just as big a part of my life as running is.  

Which superpower would you pick?

Flight. Birds have it nice. I like the idea of soaring around the clouds, the freedom of it. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Listen to your body. My brother told me that when I was in eighth grade. There's no point in doing more than your body can handle. You're just going to hurt yourself. Be patient. 

Finish this sentence: "Grayson Cicilioni is …" 

Hard-working. I see what I want and I do whatever I have to do to get it. 



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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