Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior John Storti IV has signed to run track and field for Arcadia University. Storti holds the fifth-fastest time in the 100-meter race for the Colonials.
“My favorite thing about track and field is always wanting to push myself harder to do better,” shared Storti. “Track and field is about constantly lowering your times and improving upon them each meet. Therefore, I always strive to do better than my previous races, so I am continuously working to get stronger and faster every time I get on the track.”
Storti competed at the varsity level in track and field for four years and received an “Outstanding Freshman Award” from the coaches. He has competed in the 55-, 60-, 100-, and 200-meter races, as well as long jump and 100- and 200-meter relays. His fastest times are 7 seconds for the 55-meter race, 7.5 seconds in the 60-meter race, 11.5 seconds in the 100-meter race, and 23.5 seconds in the 200-meter race.
One of the highlights of his high school career was being a part of the 4X200-meter relay race for Winter Indoor Track, where his team shaved more than five seconds off the school record.
“My career at PW prepared me very well for college,” said Storti, who was a track and field team co-captain for two years. “One of the reasons is that high school, including team sports, made me much more independent than before.”
He also credited the school’s guidance counselors with helping him to get ready for college. He intends to study actuarial science.
“PW guidance counselors are some of the most accessible and genuine people to talk to, and they aid each student so much by helping them to prepare for the future,” he said.
Along with track and field, Storti played football during his freshman and sophomore years. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was one of nine students to attend the Equity and Leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania when he was in ninth grade.
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