Mustangs’ Locascio a nationally ranked triathlete

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

At age 9, Will Locascio certainly enjoyed running as most kids that age do, but even then he knew there had to be something more, something to go with it.

“I ran a lot when I was little and just kind of wanted options with running and different things to do,” he said recently.

And he found one. Locascio, finishing up his sophomore year at Mullen, discovered the joy of triathlon, a three-event endurance race. He joined a kids team, Energy Performance, trained at Chatfield State Park and Deer Creek Canyon, and became a triathlete well before leaving grade school. He also understood why.

“Really, it’s just the dedication and skill and strategy it takes to train and race,” he said.

At 16, he has stuck to it, even expanded on it and excelled in it. He has competed across the country in age groups and recently was in Sarasota, Fla., and Richmond, Va. Now ranked fourth nationally in the 16-19 age group, Locascio qualified for the Youth Olympic Games trials in Ecuador and received further news that he will be on Team USA and his way to Brazil for the CAMTRI Pan American Championships.

Both events will be in June.

So what are you going to be doing this summer?

“It’s interesting and you have to work really hard,” said Locascio, who also has his eyes on the National Championships in August, said. “And the variety makes it interesting to train.”

He said a usual race involves a 750-meter swim in open water, probably a mass start in a lake; a 12-mile bicycle race; and running a 5k.

Training is the key, he said.

“It involves two or three sports, you bike and run in intervals or whatever it is that day,” he said. “Or some days you just focus on one thing. You have to work really hard and there can be no over-training on one field. You have to stay balanced.”

A good time in the age-group triathlon is somewhere near 54-to-55 minutes and will involve 75-to-80 competitors. And Locascio has been known to rise at 4:30 a.m. in order to swim before school, the do an afer-school workout at a park.

Sixty-third at the Class 4A cross-country meet in the fall, Locascio said he doesn’t worry about over-training in running, and added: “I really like running cross country with Mullen. I was second on the varsity lineup the whole season (behind senior Bryce Maderis) and went to state. I definitely would like to make the jump the 20s or 30s (in placing).”

Mustangs cross-country coach Joe Welling said he’ll be looking for bigger things from Locascio in the fall season.

“Oh, yeah, he was second team all-Centennial League, so he can run with the best kids on the 5A level,” he said. “But what makes Will successful not only as a triathlete, but also as cross-country runner, is his ability to not sweat, not be uncomfortable.

“You take that drive and pair it with a work ethic that is unquestioned, then you have a young man who can have success in endurance sports. He’s a kid that when he runs, he does not crack.”

The son of Joe Locascio, a Mullen assistant principal, Will said his participation in triathlons is indefinite, as “you can really ride out the triathlon wave as long as you want to.”

Concerning his aspirations, he added, “depending on this this season and how it goes in Brazil and Ecuador and Nationals, I’ll kind of see where it can take me.

“Potentially, it will be taking me somewhere, but I’m not quite sure where. But we’ll see.”

 

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Vince Massey joined the Mullen Community in the Fall of 1995. He has served as a classroom teacher, dean of students, and currently serves as Athletic Director and Director of Safety and Security. When not at Mullen, Vince enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and his three kids, Danielle, Jacob and Joey.

 

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Hank is in his 18th year at Mullen High School. Prior to arriving at Mullen, Hank taught and coached at Little Rock Catholic High School in Arkansas for 6 years and then Dallas Jesuit in Texas for 71/2 years. At Mullen Hank taught English and coached football for 14 years before transitioning into an administrative role. Hank has worked in the Athletic Department as Dean of Athletic Renewal, Assitant Athletic Director, Interim Athletic Director, and currently as Associate Athletic Director. Hank and his wife Pam have two children both of whom are Mullen grads, Lindsay ('07) and Patrick ('04). Lindsay is the Registrar at Mullen High School and is also the Mullen POMs dance team's head coach. Patrick and his wife Heather both work for the NHL's San Jose Sharks where Patrick is the Digital Media Manager and Heather is the Shark's Foundation Director. They, also, became proud parents in March of this year to Graysen Rhea Hooper.

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Joey Mahmood joined the Mullen community as a teacher and the head athletic trainer in the fall of 2011. Joey currently is the Director of Sports Medicine, the Department Chair of Physical Education and teaches physical education and science classes. Joey considers himself lucky to be able to help student athletes stay healthy during competition and then teach students in the classroom how to take care of themselfs and others. When Joey isn't at Mullen he is spending time with his wife Michele, two sons Dino and Enzo and his two dogs, Duke and Trigger.

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A native of Phoenixville, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, Devlin has covered high-school sports in Colorado for 39 years through newspapers, television, magazines and the Internet. A former participant in four prep sports at St. Pius X High School in Pottstown, Pa., began his role as Sports Information Specialist at Mullen in 2017 and has been inducted into various scholastic halls of fame and won numerous writing awards. Devlin occupies the only full-time sports-information position at a high school in the state. Also a contributor to other media outlets in the Denver area as well as other spots in Colorado that helps promote Mullen athletics, his goal is to turn the Mullen Broadcasting Network (MBN) into a class within the curriculum, to expand the network and website, and ensure it’s a student-run operation.

 

 

 

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