“Everyone was wishing me good luck, even if I don’t know them, because they know me from my dad,” Carleo said. “I’d see them but only for like 10 seconds and then they’d have to go back to work. After the race I got congratulated by most of them. It was fun, it’s always fun to get to know his co-workers.”
During the time he wasn’t running, Carleo explored the city with teammate Tom Graham, who also competed at the meet in the 800-meter race on Friday.
“Our hotel was right down the street from Times Square,” Carleo said. “Me and Tom went four or five times and we went into every store you can go in down there. Obviously the food was great, it was a lot of fun.”
With three of the runners who finished ahead of him graduating, Carleo admitted that he has thought about the possibility that he could win the race next year, though he acknowledged that he’ll have to get a lot better before he’ll have a chance to beat the nation’s best.
“The kid who won [Grant Fisher from Michigan] is very, very good,” Carleo said. “His last 400 meters in that race was 56 something, which is crazy fast, and he’s also won Foot Locker Nationals. So I’d like to think I can, but I’d need to put in a lot more work first.”
That work will begin this spring during the outdoor season, but not until after he’s had a chance to rest. Carleo and Graham have each been given the week off from practice to give them a chance to recover after weeks of training, and Carleo said he could really use the rest.
“I need a week off,” he said. “It’s been a long couple of weeks — I got a lot of hard workouts in.”