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Towanda's Valoroso signs with Duquesne.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | June 6, 2013 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees


Towanda's Valoroso signs with DuquesneWhen it came to choosing where he wanted to go and run in college Towanda's Aaron Valoroso had a number of factors to take into consideration.

Location. Academics. Athletics. All of them played a role in the decision and in the end all of those led him to choose to run at Duquesne University.

"The city is overall very nice, the academics are great and the running program is phenomenal and the runners there I really clicked with."

Valoroso will look to study business or math in college and the academic side of things was a big factor in his college choice.

"It was very important," Valoroso said. "It should be the main thing for anyone looking at a college."

While the academics where what he wanted, Duquesne also has strong cross country and track programs.

"They are highly respected," Valoroso said. "I think it's a good fit for me."

Like in high school Valoroso will be running cross country in college, and he will also be focusing on some longer distances in track and field.

"I talked to the coach and we are looking at more the 10k," Valoroso said. "I hope to start with the 5K and the 8K and then do the 10K."

Valoroso is a runner who is built more for longer distances and he thinks that the different events in college should be a good fit for him.

"Cross country was my main thing this year," Valoroso said. "I hoped to do better at states, but I had a hip problem. I'm excited for the new events in college. I can't wait for that."

There won't be a huge difference in getting used to the longer distances for Valoroso, except the workouts that go into it.

"The speed is right around the same as my 2 (3200) pace," Valoroso said. "The workouts will be a lot longer."

One of the things that Valoroso is excited about is to work with a team full of people who were all top high school runners.

"It should be awesome," he said. "I don't have anyone to work with every day. To do stuff with and talk with all the time. That should be great.

"The mindset is going to be super. To be able to talk to other people who know what I'm going through."

The competition will also come each time Valoroso goes into a meet at the college level and he is excited to run against the top competition.

"Last year we had a good two mile at Lock Haven and it was a lot of fun," he said. "It's different when you are running out in front by yourself then it is when you have a lot of other people to run with."

Running at states in high school is something that Valoroso thinks will help prepare him for what it will be like running at the college level.

"I am glad to have been able to compete at states," he said. "It's a different ballgame then a dual meet. I think it will be like that in college with those sizes of people, but even more people. I just want to go in for four years and get better."

One of the things that Valoroso thinks will make him better is having even bigger coaching staffs at the Division I level.

"I will have my own coach and it will be easier to talk to them," Valoroso said. "They won't be as spread out as coaches are in high school."


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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.