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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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Extraordinary athlete of the month: Elliot Surovell

Senior Elliot Surovell is one of the top athletes on Carlmont’s track team, having broken numerous school records and placing in PALs for three consecutive years.

Surovell’s personal records include a 49.23 second 400 meter dash, a 22.18 second 200 meter dash, and a 11.08 second 100 meter dash. He can also jump 22 feet in the long jump, and 42 feet in triple jump.

Surovell is currently the leader in CCS as well as 16th in California for the 400 meter dash.

During the offseason, Surovell trains through the summer for the Amateur Athletic Union and the Junior Olympics.

Surovell began participating in cross country during his freshman year and track and field during his sophomore year. He started running as a form of cross training for soccer and slowly began to love it.

“Track and field and cross country are amazing sports, and I am disappointed that I didn’t start running them earlier,” said Surovell.

As this year’s co-captain of the track and field team, Surovell believes that it is his position to be a leader and teach the underclassmen discipline and form.

Having also been featured in both the San Mateo County Times and Mercury News, Surovell is commonly referred to as one of the top athletes at Carlmont.

The proudest moment he has had in his running career was during last year’s meet against Westmoor for the 4×400.

“Even though Carlmont lost, the race was extremely close and exhilarating for me to both run and watch,” said Surovell.
Track and field coach Brent Cottong, who has worked with Surovell for several years, believes that he will become very successful in college track.

“Every year or so, one, at most two athletes stand out among their teammates. This rare athlete wants to excel, wants to be their best, and is willing to put in the time and workload to do it. Elliot was this year’s standout. I’ve found Elliot enjoyable to work with; he is coachable and follows directions well. Elliot is also team-driven and wants his team to also do well,” said Cottong.

Along with his supportive coaches, Elliot’s teammates are always cheering him on.

Teammate Franklin Rice who is hopeful in following Surovell’s footsteps said, “As a teammate he has given me someone to train with. Always seeing him ahead of me in training gives me the motivation to run faster and train harder with the hope of catching him.”

Teammate Alex Kumamoto said, “He’s a good teammate, he definitely inspires confidence in our team as a whole, and he can always be counted on to perform ridiculously well.”

Outside of running, Surovell enjoys playing soccer and shooting pool. Though he no longer plays soccer competitively in order to focus on running, he still enjoys playing for fun.

Besides being a great athlete, Surovell is also a good student; having a 3.2 GPA he plans on going to American University or Georgetown University.

In the future, Surovell hopes to continue running in college and perhaps even make it to the Olympics.

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Extraordinary athlete of the month: Elliot Surovell