Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior John Storti IV has signed to run track and field for Arcadia University next year. 

John, who holds the fifth-fastest time in the 100-meter race for PW, is looking forward to being in a new environment and competing with new teammates when he heads off to college. Until then, he will continue to strive for personal records.

“My favorite thing about track and field is always wanting to push myself harder to do better. Track and field is about

Seen here are John Storti IV with his family. From left to right behind him are John Storti III, Vincent Storti, Marissa Storti, Stephanie Storti, and Luciana Storti. 

constantly lowering your times and improving upon them each meet. Therefore, I always strive to do better than my previous races, so I am continuously working to get stronger and faster every time I get on the track,” he said.

He has played at the varsity level in track and field for four years, and received an “Outstanding Freshman Award” from the coaches. John’s events include the 55-, 60-, 100-, 200-meter races, as well as long jump and 100- and 200-meter relays. His fastest times are 7 seconds for the 55-meter race, 7.5 seconds in the 60-meter race, 11.5 seconds in the 100-meter race, and 23.5 seconds in the 200-meter race. 

One of the highlights of his high school career was being a part of the 4X200-meter relay race for Winter Indoor Track, where his team shaved more than 5 seconds off the school record. 

“My career at PW prepared me very well for college,” said John, who was a track and field team co-captain for two years. “One of the reasons is that high school, including team sports, made me much more independent than before.”

He also credited PW’s guidance counselors with helping him to get ready for college, where he intends to study actuarial science. 

“PW guidance counselors are some of the most accessible and genuine people to talk to, and they aid each student so much by helping them to prepare for the future,” he said.

Along with track and field, John played football during his freshman and sophomore years. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was one of nine students to attend the Equity and Leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania when he was in ninth-grade.