Salute to Seniors: Donaldo Benjamin, Delaware Valley Charter HS


What was your most memorable race/competition?
My most memorable race was 2013 Track Classic 300m hurdles. That was the most memorable because I beat one of the best hurdles in PA (Todd Townsend) that day, and after that I knew I was going to be good.

Where did you face your biggest competition? 

I faced my biggest competition at 2014 Penn Relays this year. Running the 400m hurdles was a nerve racking experience. Never really training for the particular race was a challenge but it fun to race against people outside of PA on such a big stage.

Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
My biggest accomplishment was my 2012 year as a sophomore, that was my first year running track and taking it seriously. Not only that first year doing hurdles and came out and came in 6th at states in the 300 hurdles.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school?
I wouldn't want to change a thing. I mean there are some events and races I wish I could take back but without those slip-ups they wouldn't make me the strong minded athlete I am today.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
My biggest obstacle was trying to get the whole hurdle concept down back all three of my years running high school track. I never had a hurdle coach at my school so I took it upon myself to get tips, watch videos to improve day by day. Especially since I only had 3 hurdles at my school.  

What will you miss the most?
I'm going to miss the support. District 12 I can say even though I was going against most of the coaches athletes they still would congratulate me on my wins and encourage me.

Do you have any advice for younger athletes? 
My advice would be your coaches know best. Listen to them whether it's good or bad criticism. Water and eating right is a big part, and stretch. Also HARD WORK BEATS TALENT WHEN TALENT FAILS TO WORK HARD.


How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals overall?
My coach has always been there for me and help me keep my head up and I wouldn't be at the place I'm in now if it wasn't for her.

What are your college plans?  
I plan on going to college and running but I'm still undecided on what school I will be attending in the fall.

Del- Val track team, BTC, Khafid, Lamar, Amir, Bro Curt, Ms Stamps, Coach Netty, Coach Michelle, Coach Lew, J'von Jennings, Mike Burton, Mason Weh, D12 and DEIDRE <3



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