By Brian Kapur; CURRENT NEWSPAPERS
Georgetown Day School senior Tristan Colaizzi was just named the D.C. Gatorade boys crosscountry player of the year, taking the honor for his second season in a row.
“Tristan is remarkably talented, but his success comes mostly from hard work, great instincts and a fiery, competitive drive to push himself,” Georgetown Day coach Anthony Belber says in a news release announcing the award.
“His resilience has been even more impressive than his ability, and he’s inspired so many of his teammates.” Colaizzi might not have been in this position if it weren’t for his older brother Griffin pushing him into cross-country.
“I really got into the sport my freshman year,” the Gatorade winner told The Current after capturing the D.C. State Athletic Association crown in November.
“My brother was a junior and he dragged me out to every run before freshman year. He’s the reason that I have been able to do well. He just drove me forward. It’s a fun family thing we all love doing together.”
Colaizzi will join his older brother next year as a runner at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
During his final season at Georgetown Day, Colaizzi dazzled. At the DCSAA championship in November, the Hopper set a meet record time of 17:12 despite soggy conditions at Fort Dupont Park. Colaizzi also won the Mid- Atlantic Conference crown, took silver at the DCXC Invitational, bronze at the Maryland/D.C. Private School championships and 19th at the prestigious Foot Locker South Regional championships.
In addition to strong athletic performance, the Gatorade award also takes into account academics and community service, areas where Colaizzi also excelled.
The Hopper had an A average in the classroom, volunteered at local charity road races and participated in mission trips to Ethiopia and the Navajo Nation.
Colaizzi will continue to run for Georgetown Day for one more season when he suits up for the Hoppers’ track team this spring.