Santa Maria Sun / Athlete of the Week
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 3
Athlete of the Week: Brent Dionisio
By FRANK GONZALES
Brent Dionisio can jump higher than most people are tall. At a track meet against Righetti High School on March 14, the Pioneer Valley High School junior, who’s 5-foot-11, briefly elevated his entire body to a height of 6 feet and 6 inches during the high jump competition—his personal best. For this feat and for his performance so far this season, Dionisio was chosen as the Male Athlete of the Week at the March 18 Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table.
At the same meet against Righetti, Dionisio also won the long jump with a 20-11 jump and the triple jump at 40-4 1/4. It was clear from his results at the City Meet that began the season on Feb. 23 that Dionisio was in for a great year. There, he won the high jump at 6-0, the long jump at 20-2, and the triple jump at 41-1/2. He also showed that he can run through his performance in the third leg of the 400 relay, helping his team win with a time of 46.50 seconds. Despite his foray into running, though, he said, “I’m just focusing on jumping this year.”
Dionisio has achieved these amazing results despite Pioneer Valley’s track team not having a dedicated jumping coach. Instead, he said, he goes on YouTube to watch videos to help supplement his training routine. Dionisio also has a simple, but powerful philosophy for his training. He said, “[You] just concentrate, try and do your best and try and clear that bar.” He stressed keeping everyone on his team positive and added, “It’s just pretty much me just trying to do the best I can to try and do better.”
And in trying to improve, Dionisio has set mighty goals for himself: “For high jump, I’m trying to aim for 6-10 this year. Since I got 6-6 early in the season, I feel like I’m going to be able to get to that goal. For long jump, I’m hoping to get 21-6, probably higher, since I [got my personal best] early in the season, too. … For the triple jump, I don’t know, but probably [somewhere around] the 42 area.”
Based on his results so far, these numbers look mightily attainable.
When he isn’t jumping for the track team, he’s jumping for the Panthers’ basketball team, on which he’s played for three years. Outside of athletics, Dionisio is the Class of 2014 president. He added, “I’m involved with a lot of stuff out of school like Key Club, [the] Asian Pacific [Club], I’m the president for that. I’m the student council president. I just like being involved.”
Looking into the future, he said, “I’m trying to get a scholarship to a good track program.” Given his athletic ability and involvement in so many activities, schools will be fighting for him—especially since he has another whole year to improve. “Next year, my senior year, I’m just going to train all year long, just lift weights, practice, and do everything I can to get better.”
The Panthers next take on San Luis Obispo at home on March 28 at 3:30 p.m., followed by Atascadero at home on April 11, also at 3:30 p.m. At these meets and those that follow, Dionisio will undoubtedly continue to rack up success after success in his campaign of defiance against gravity.
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