“Maybe I have a warped sense of reality, but this always seemed like the next logical step,” Santo says of the nationals. “I spent the last three years watching their progression and I was doing what they were doing, so it’s what I hoped.”
Coach Don Hennigar has watched Santo since his middle school days and has seen marked improvement every year.
“He’s been super, he’s improved tremendously this year,” Hennigar says of Santo. “That’s due to his work ethic, his dedication. He works very, very hard and it paid off for him. He had a great season for cross-country and indoor. He’s just a great kid. He’s from a great family. He’s well-brought up. He’s going to do well for himself.”
With a a 4:36 mile under his belt and a 9:54 duce, Santo would like to see running continue as a big part of his life for as long as it can.
“I just found a love for the sport,” Santo says of running. “It’s something I enjoy, I like the pursuit of running, I like challenging myself, I like pushing my body and seeing how far I can go. This is one of those sports that you will get back what you put into it. There’s no referees, it’s just you against the clock and that’s something I find very compelling.”