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Dalton Stroman: The Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week

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ROSports File Photo: Dalton Stroman has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week. ROSports File Photo: Dalton Stroman has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — Junior track and field athlete Dalton Stroman has been named the ROSports Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week presented by Moss Brothers Tires & Service.

This will be The Richmond Observer’s final weekly spotlight on local athletes amid the current spring sports suspension. Instead of it being a performanced-based recognition, the articles will be written using a “meet the athlete” perspective. 

Earning his second career selection, and second this school year (football), Stroman was one of Richmond’s top performers in the team’s lone meet this season at Scotland High School.

Athletic Profile

Age:16

Birthday: April 7, 2003

Year: Junior

Spring Sport: Track & Field

Events: High and triple jump, 4x100 relay

Years on Varsity: 3 years

Height & Weight: 6-4, 185 pounds

Experience: 3 years

“IN THE AIR” WITH DALTON STROMAN

The Raiders participated in their only meet the same day the NCHSAA announced it was suspending all spring sports. Richmond would ease its way to a big win, earning 242.5 points and defeating Scotland by nearly 100 points.

Stroman had a big day in jumping events, placing first in the high jump and triple jump. In the high jump, he cleared the bar at 5 feet, 6 inches, and followed that up with another first-place mark in the triple jump with a distance of 43 feet, 1 inch.

RSHS Academics: This semester at Richmond, Stroman is taking Math III with Julie Howard, Earth and Environmental Science with Daniel Diggs, American History with John Sweeney and Weight Training with Bryan Till.

During other sports seasons, Stroman is a wide receiver on the football team and a forward on the basketball team.

“My favorite class was math because I like doing math a lot,” Stroman said. “I really like working with numbers. Mrs. Howard is very calm, open and helpful to us in class. She’s a really good teacher and she’s always there when you need help.

“I’m adjusting pretty well to the online classes,” Stroman said. “I’d rather be at home anyway, so I’m getting all of my work done.”

College Aspirations: Since the start of his junior year, Stroman has started to field scholarship offers to a variety of Division-I football programs. He plans to make his verbal commitment some time in May.

“Right now my top four choices are App State, Coastal Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest,” Stroman explained. “They’ve been talking to me a lot and recruiting me the most.

“This is a very exciting experience and I’m very blessed to have these opportunities,” he added. “Wherever I go, I want to major in computer science.”

Combating Coronavirus: With his eyes set on playing college football, Stroman is taking advantage of the current spring sports suspension to stay active.

“Every day I wake up early and go for a run,” he said. “I want to stay as in shape as I can. I also do pushups and sit ups, and sometimes I go out and do footwork drills with cones and cleats in the yard.”

Raider Chats: Due to the coronavirus outbreak and school being suspended until May 15, ROSports did not do a video interview with Stroman. Instead, he participated in a phone interview and answered the following questions regarding his performance so far this season.

ROSports: Which event do you enjoy the most and why?

Stroman: I like the high jump the most because it’s the event that I’m used to. I love jumping over the bar and I’ve been doing it since 10th grade. Six feet is the highest I’ve ever cleared.

ROSports: How does playing other sports like basketball and track and field help you on the football field?

Stroman: It keeps me in shape and makes me faster. They also allow me to be around my teammates and get better.

ROSports: What do you miss most right now being out of school and away from your teammates?

Stroman: I miss hanging out with everybody at practice or at meets or in school.

ROSports: If you could have lunch with any professional athlete, who would it be and why?

Stroman: Julio Jones because he’s my favorite football player and I watch him play every football game. I’d ask advice about being a wide receiver and how to get to the NFL.

ROSports: Name the three biggest things you couldn’t live without if you were quarantined during a global pandemic.

Stroman: Food, water and shelter. That’s all I need right now.


Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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