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  • Writer's pictureFelipe Maia

Inside Scoop on RHS Track Stars

JV Cunha, Mahdi Bellemsieh, Allen Hou. Three of the fastest runners Revere High School has ever seen. Last year, both JV and Mahdi competed in the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. This year, Allen and JV are heading to the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships in Massachusetts. Mahdi is also expected to make a second appearance at nationals for outdoor track. 


We met with these track superstars and asked then a few questions about their feelings on this year’s track season.


Q: What are some things you look forward to at the nationals? 


JV: I look forward to the next level of competition I will be facing. I love the nervous feeling of being able to compete against a bunch of guys that are at the same level as me, some that are even better, it pushes me to work harder during the race and run faster.


Allen:


Q:  What do you look forward to this upcoming outdoor season?


 Mahdi: 


2. Have you made any changes in your training while preparing for your big race? (JV & Allen) Have you made any differences this indoor season when it comes to training? (Mahdi)

3. What have you learned this season about yourself? 

4. What's your guilt pleasure song? 

JV’s response: I look forward to the next level of competition I will be facing. I love the nervous feeling of being able to compete against a bunch of guys that are at the same level as me, some that are even better, it pushes me to work harder during the race and run faster. Yes I did make some changes in my training to prepare for this race. I am upping the distance a little and racing the 800 rather than the 600. Since I am running a longer race, my track workouts have been heavier, both distance wise and speed wise. I have also been taking more time for recovery than usual, to see how my body reacts after these harder workouts. Something that I learned about myself this season is that no one knows or understands my body better than me. I learned how to manage the amount of races I ran, and how to manage the level of training week by week. Now I know how to manage my rest and recovery. I also learned that I need to trust the process. Track is the only sport that doesn’t involve any luck. You have to trust yourself, and your training, and you will start to see progress little by little. I’d have to say my guilty pleasure song is Love by Keyshia Cole.

Mahdi’s response: Id say I’m most looking forward to attempting to break the school record in the 400m this year. Also attempting to qualify for Nike nationals again in Oregon. This indoor season I didn’t make much change but I would said that I was just more consistent and that helped out my times. Being injured at the start of indoor made me realize how much I actually like running and missed it when I couldn’t run. So I trained harder when I got back. I’d say like Love by Keisha Cole is my guilty pleasure song. 

Allen Hou: Finally being able to compete against the nations fastest people at a big stage as well as the cool souvenirs that come with competing.

I’ve focused more on becoming relaxed but, coming out really strong especially being in such a short sprint the way you start can really make or break the race for me. I shouldn’t settle for less, my 3 years of high school I was contempt of being in second place all the time but, this season I knew I worked hard and wanted to go out there and win and now finally being able to win it’s a more rewarding feeling knowing I worked and earned it. Hold on Til may- Pierce the Veil is my guilty pleasure song. 


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