Worcester, Mass.—Clark University men's and women's cross country head coach, Joseph Pike, has named seniors Benjamin Forman (Glenside, Pa.) and Cameron Mitchell (Medford, Mass.) the 2018 men's cross country team captains and senior Nicolina Braccio (Nashua, N.H.) has been named the women's cross country team captain.
When asked what being a captain means to them and what they look forward to in the 2018 season, here is what the captains had to say:
"Being able to lead such a talented group of individuals who I've gotten to know over the past few years is an honor. I am looking to motivate and lead my team in not only team achievements but helping them grow personally as runners and student athletes at Clark. This season I'm most excited to see our team get stronger and see how well we perform at the NEWMAC championships at Smith College," said Braccio.
"Being a Cross County captain is about being the pacesetter (literally and figuratively). It becomes not only about running at practice and meets, but being the person that your teammates can come to and making sure all facets of their college experience are running smoothly," said Forman. "I look forward to bringing my emphasis of community to the role. My favorite part of athletics has always been the comradery that inevitability materializes and I want this to flourish on and off the course," he continued. "The team has always been an incubator for all runners to take initiative in their own running as well as aiding others. I look forward to seeing new leaders blossom as many first years and returners have already shown signs of this sprouting," he concluded.
"For me being a captain is something to motivate me. I know that I need to try even harder so that I can inspire others put in the effort. I'm especially looking forward to getting to know all of the new members even better. About half of our men's team is first year students, and I'm excited to see them succeed. One of my goals is to make sure that everyone on the team has their concerns be heard. I want to be a figure that people can feel comfortable talking to if anything is wrong, or if they're proud of an accomplishment," said Mitchell.
Clark cross country opens up their 2018 campaign at the Worcester City Meet at Moore State Park tomorrow, September 8th, at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.