Freshman runner practices with pride

By Kristen Catalanotto
September 16, 2004

Cecelia Francisco

While the majority of Cabrini students are still sleeping during the early morning hours the men’s cross country team is strutting their stuff in their sneakers. Freshmen Chris Sweeney is a new edition to the team this year and is finding his way during his early morning runs.

Sweeney started running at the young age of 5 and has never looked back. Sweeney, who was born and raised in Lansdale, Pa., ran cross country all four years of his high school career at Lansdale Catholic High School, “It’s a good feeling to get up and race,” Sweeney said.

Sweeney chose Cabrini after talking to the cross-country coach, O’ Hora, and visiting the campus. He quickly took notice of how welcoming everyone was and how much he felt he belonged on the team.

Most students who are running are doing it for exercise, but Sweeney does it because it’s a part of him, “It’s one of my passions, especially when I’m with the team. Running alone during the summer isn’t very motivating. The team motivates me.”

The team is made up of eight young men who are dedicated to running 2-3 miles each day. Senior Shaun Smith, senior captain, said, “This years team is very unique. We have a good mix of young and talented freshmen with some upperclassmen with valuable experience.” Sweeney hopes to bring new experience and enthusiasm to the Cavaliers. “Chris is a very talented young man who tries really hard pushing the rest of us and is a great student,” Smith said.

Chris brings an inquisitive and positive attitude to the team, “He is always trying to learn something new, and he asks a lot of questions,” Smith said.

Currently the men’s cross-country team is off to a winning start. Saturday, Sept. 11, Cabrini led the meet at Cumberland County College with first place and fifth place on the five-mile course. The team goes on the road with its next meet this Saturday, Sept. 18 at Gwenyedd Mercy.

Posted to the web by Cecelia Francisco

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