Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Daniel Ford

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 1:18 PM

Daniel Ford

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Cross country

Class: Senior

Claim to fame: Daniel Ford ran to a ninth-place finish at the WPIAL championship meet Oct. 24 and qualified for the state championships for the fourth consecutive year.

He hoped to place higher at WPIALs his senior season, but called it a learning experience and said the PIAA meet will be an opportunity to improve on Saturday in Hershey.

Why do you enjoy running?

I think it’s fun to go out every day to push yourself. With running, you can easily see when you’re improving, and being able to compete makes it fun.

What will you remember most about being a Quaker Valley cross country runner?

I think I’d have to say the whole team and the coaching. It’s been a fun year with everyone and really enjoyable. I think being able to share these experiences is the highlight of every cross country season.

What was your favorite cross country course?

I really liked the Sharpsville course. I liked it my freshmen year through my senior year, because that’s where I set my PRs, so it was always a fast course for some great times. I ran (16 minutes, 10 seconds) there.

What does it mean to you to take another trip to states?

I think the pressure isn’t there as much. Having done it three times, I kind of know what to expect and can plan my race accordingly.

What’s your favorite subject in school?

I really like computer science and our computer science teacher. I think I’d like to work in that field. Where specifically in that field, I don’t know. There’s a wide range of things you can do in computer science.

What else do you enjoy?

Outside of cross country and track, I enjoy mountain biking. I go out sometimes with my friends or my dad, just out on the trails. It’s a lot of fun.