Dallas’ Rome To Run For Navy
Wyoming Valley Conference cross country’s fastest runner last season now knows what uniform he’ll compete in next fall.
Dallas senior Mitchell Rome recently announced his commitment to run in the Division I ranks at the Naval Academy. He’ll compete in cross country and track and field.
The decision came down to one service academy or another by the end of Rome’s recruiting process, he said Tuesday evening. Although he had applied to other colleges, Rome zeroed in on either Army or Navy as the months went on. Attending a service academy had always been in the back of his mind through high school, and he became more interested through summer leadership seminars he attended at them.
Rome noted the chance to become an officer in the Navy some day is “a great opportunity to change some people’s lives.”
“You know it’s going to be challenging, and that’s something you want to do because you know it’s going to be worth it,” Rome said. “They know what they’re doing is great for their future.
“I feel like I have that mentality now in high school. I work hard in running and in school because I know it’ll help me down the road. And it has now.”
Rome said he visited with Navy in early December, got accepted on Jan. 10 and gave his commitment not long after. He’s not the only Wyoming Valley Conference runner headed to a D-I program; Holy Redeemer’s Lukas Volpetti has already signed with Monmouth.
Rome’s senior season with the Mountaineers was filled with accomplishments.
He won his first individual championships at the Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 Class 2A meets. Then, he ended his Dallas season with a fourth-place finish at the PIAA championships. He logged the WVC’s fastest times at all three races, regardless of classification.
Rome’s performance at states helped him receive second-team all-state honors by the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association. Following the postseason, he continued to compete and placed 30th for third-team All-Northeast honors at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Northeast Regional.
He was the first WVC runner to earn PTFCA all-state or Foot Locker All-Northeast status since 2015.
Rome’s cross country career with Dallas is now history. All that’s left is track and field, in which he’s hoping to run at next month’s indoor state meet in the 3000 meters before focusing on the 3200-meter race during the outdoor season.
Once the school year ends, he’ll move on to competing with the Midshipmen and join a pair of sisters as Division I athletes. Regan Rome ran at William & Mary for four seasons and is spending a fifth year of collegiate athletics with Providence; Ally Rome has competed for two seasons with Princeton’s program.
At Navy, Rome is expecting to be right at home with the caliber of running set to surround him. He said he likes working alongside runners like him, and he had that type of team when Dallas won back-to-back state titles from 2015-16.
“I think it’ll be even more extreme the next couple of years,” Rome said. “The competition’s going to be really hard, but it’s more of a driving factor to push even harder.”
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