Soratos is from the same California city as Olympian Diego Estrada and world champs marathoner Daniel Tapia. He only ran 2:03, 4:23 (1600) and 9:52 (3200) in high school before going to the community college Hartnell for 2-years. Now he's making his first trip to NCAAs as one of the favorites in the mile.
Soratos: “When I’m having a tough workout, I’ll envision guys like Edward Cheserek [Oregon] or Chad Noelle [Oklahoma State] in front of me, and it’ll push me. I’m having to reassess my motivation after shutting down the haters. Now it’s, ‘Can he win NCAAs, or will he choke?’ I don’t mind the talk because it’s motivation. My running does the talking.”
Tapia: "And I came all the way to Japan to run."