Damato and Vallar Contribute to Big Win

Left to right: James Vallar and Michael Damato.
Left to right: James Vallar and Michael Damato.

You never know what you will find on the University of North Florida’s nature trails. If you happened to be in the Jacksonville area early Saturday morning on the 31st of August, you would have caught a fleeting glimpse of two Walt Whitman alumni cross country runners.

Both freshman Michael Damato and James Vallar, Whitman Class of 2013,  helped their North Florida Ospreys earn a big victory by sweeping the Inaugural 110% Cross Country Invitational at the University of North Florida. The men’s team placed nine out of the top ten runners, including Damato (15:32.244) who finished 4th and Vallar (16:01.31) who finished 6th.

Congratulations Michael and James, you make the Walt Whitman community proud!