Sydney Federico

Sydney Federico, a standout performer on the track for Westerly, is running cross country for the first time this season. | Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

1. What are your personal goals for this season and how do you expect to achieve them?

My personal goals are to be a team contributor and to be able to keep improving my times. This is my first experience with cross country or any distance training so I’m going to try to make the most of it by staying determined during practices and adapting to the longer distances. Overall, I’m hoping that the cross country training will help me prepare for indoor and outdoor track.

2. What are the team goals for this season and how can they be achieved?

Ultimately to make it to the state meet as a team and place in the top six, but by first having high team finishes in the class and division meets. We have a younger team this year, but talented, so keeping a positive atmosphere will promote hard work during practices and high attendance rates.

3. Who inspires you and why?

Definitely my former track teammates, especially Liz Letizio, Emma Santee, Randi Burr, Helena Hall-Thomsen and Kata Cummings. They are such a caring group of girls who instantly welcomed me to the team my freshman year and made me feel as though I was their equal. They have so much passion for what they do, and that motivated me to work hard and perform to help them reach their goals as well.

4. What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

Either winning the DMR (distance medley relay) at outdoor nationals in 2018 or winning three consecutive team state championships in outdoor track, both making school history. As for the DMR, we broke the school record, which was established by a very accomplished group of runners, and to be able to do that at one of the greatest events for high school track and field felt even better. With the three-peat, the girls track and field team surpassed the boys basketball team for the most state championships for any team at the high school (8).

5. What has been your greatest challenge?

Dealing with past team conflicts and still having to perform well. I’d also say it would be balancing both my academic and athletic commitments.

6. What are your plans after graduation and why?

I am planning on pursuing an advanced degree in the sciences and later a career in the medical field. I would also like to run for a Division I college.

FAVORITES

Sport: Track and field

Pro athlete: Drew Brees

Pro team: New Orleans Saints

Subject/class: Biology/science

Movie: "The Shawshank Redemption"

TV show: "The Walking Dead" or "Stranger Things"

Actor: Tom Hanks

Song: anything from the ’80s and ’90s

Band/musician: Metallica

Food: Pasta

UP CLOSE

Family: My dad (James Federico), mom (Romina Federico) and younger sister (Rachel Federico).

Hometown: Westerly.

Hobbies/interests: playing/watching sports, going to the beach, and spending time with my friends and family.

If I weren’t involved in athletics I’d: start a band.

I’d give anything to meet: my grandfather, James Federico Jr. He passed away before I was born, and I hear from people around the state about how much of a great person he was.

COACH'S TAKE

“She’s basically been someone that is irreplaceable. Without her we would not have had the success we’ve had the past three years. She is really a hard worker and she likes to compete. And she pays attention. If there’s any kind of track and field [web] site, she’s on it looking at the times and the people. And she cares about the sports she is not involved in like basketball and football,” Dave Federico, Westerly's longtime track and field coach and Sydney's uncle

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