Player profile: captain leads team to finish line

By Kellie Belmonte
September 30, 2004

Captain of the cross country team, senior Shaun Smith, has high hopes for this season. Smith began his cross country career at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. and has continued his running career at Cabrini for the past fours years.

Smith has set some personal goals for himself this year. “I want to have my best season in terms of breaking my personal best time and if possible decrease in time. I want to get stronger every week,” Smith said. Smith has had to deal with some injuries such as shin splints. “Often times I’ll be in the pool or have to do something different from the rest of the team because of my injuries,” Smith said.

Smith feels that although the team lost runners, they have gained back through new freshman with extra strength. “We had three freshman join this year, and that’s about the number we lost. So I feel like it worked out,” Smith said. Smith also feels as though this is a very tight knit team. “We seem to be coming together well as a team. We’re much closer than most teams I have been on,” Smith said.

As a team, Smith would like to see them win Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. Smith feels as though they are doing very well up to this point. “We actually won the Dukes Invitational and placed well at our last meet,” Smith said.

As captain this year, Smith hopes this season will be a memorable one. “The team has never won a PAC championship since I’ve been here. We’ve been runner up twice, so to win the PAC would be a great way to end my cross-country career here at Cabrini,” Smith said.

Smith feels as though this year is extremely important to him. “We have a good team with a lot of great guys on it,” Smith said, “Come out and support us!”

Posted to the web by Ryan Norris

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