Warren Athletics is proud to announce our Athletes of the Week for the final week of September (09/24/2018-09/29/2018): Antonio Munoz and Jennine Dahdul.Antonio Munoz is a senior on the Boys Cross Country Team, competing on the varsity team for 3 of those 4 years. This past weekend, Munoz had the opportunity to compete at the Nike Pre-Nationals in Portland, Oregon. He had a spectacular race, finishing 5th place overall in the Varsity Division 1 race. His performance helped the team secure the Varsity Division 1 Team Championship. Munoz epitomizes a coach’s ideal athlete, always placing the team above the individual. When asked questions about his individual performances, he always referred back to the team’s accomplishments. For Munoz, developing close relationships with his teammates and leading the team to work cohesively as one dominant unit is the greatest achievement. He takes tremendous pride in leading the team and serving as a role model for his younger teammates. At the first San Gabriel Valley League Cluster Meet (Sept. 20), his individual performance was secondary to the commanding team performance–all 6 runners finishing in the top 10. Occasionally, his favorite moments do not even involve him. At the Woodbridge Invitational (Sept. 15), he got the most joy out of witnessing the dynamic duo of juniors–Owen Franco and Fabian Gomez–work together to follow in his footsteps. Most recently, he was incredibly proud to see how much the team had improved, as they took the top spot on the podium at the Nike Pre-Nationals, and they did so in a decisive fashion while only running with the 5 scoring athletes. As he looks toward the latter half of his senior season, he does so with fond memories of cross country camps every summer. He is going to miss being able to run with his friends every day. “You can really see what a person is like when they’re running through pain; you get really close to people.” He is going to miss being with his friends every day and starting his days off right with early morning runs on the weekends. Plus, he is going to miss the nerves and adrenaline rush that he gets every time his toes hit the starting line. Thankfully, the season is only at the midpoint, and there is still a lot to look forward to. He wants to see the team overcome the fear of competing against the top-ranked teams in the CIF Southern Section and the nation. 2018 will be the season that the team will get past the CIF Prelims, and Munoz is going to do everything in his power to ensure that happens. He will take the initiative to run more aggressively and set an example that the younger teammates can follow. Personally, Munoz looks to earn a ranking in the Southern Section and break 15:00 (current PR being 15:06 at the Woodbridge Invitational). The Boys Cross Country team means a lot to Munoz because it has shaped his character, making him more independent and more social. His coaches are tough on him and hold him accountable, in turn, he rises to the occasion. For future athletes and younger teammates, the advice is brilliant: “Always believe in the people around you. Always surround yourself with the people who will make you better. If you are the best, bring everyone else up with you!”
Jennine Dahdul is a junior on the Girls Volleyball Team. She is a standout two-sport athlete, a 3-year varsity letterman in both volleyball and basketball. Her dominant offensive performance has been demonstrated all season with her remarkable hitting. Dahdul has proven her versatility by playing all three positions in the front row. She has shown her prowess on both sides of the game, as her blocking has helped to anchor our defense. Dahdul has amassed phenomenal stats, leading the team in kills and blocks. This season, the team has overcome adversity, and Dahdul takes immense pride in the team’s ability to re-establish cohesion and play for one another in spite of the hardships they have faced. One of her fondest memories from the season was the motivation the team received from Coach Palmer (Head Women’s Basketball Coach), inspiring the girls to embrace their eagle mentality. This encouragement was the catalyst for the team’s first win of the season (a 3-0 victory over Norwalk on Aug. 23). As the 2018 season comes to a close, Dahdul reminisces about the memories made and prepares to say goodbye to the seniors with whom she has enjoyed sharing the court. Thankfully, she still has one more year, and she has set some lofty goals for her senior season. Her ambitions are to win a CIF Championship in Girls Volleyball and earn a scholarship to continue playing volleyball at her dream school (Denver). Dahdul is grateful to the Girls Volleyball team and Coach Lane for shaping her high school experience. “If I didn’t play volleyball, I wouldn’t be the person I am. Coach Lane has high expectations for me, and his high expectations push me to be a stronger person with a stronger mentality.” As a role model for younger athletes, she would advise the underclassmen to “never give up because there’s always light at the end of the tunnel and more time/opportunities to accomplish their goals.”
Congratulations to both of our Athletes of the Week!