NYIT Cross Country: Tons of Talent

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NYIT’s new Cross Country coach Tom Brouillard sounds confident in his team—and himself in regards to the upcoming season and his new position.  “People will see a lot more than last year,” says Brouillard who was an Assistant Head Coach at LIU Post last season.  “If we put all the talent together in the right places, we can be a serious threat.”

That talent is evident with sophomore Gladys Kimutai, who as a freshman placed 1st in the NJIT Invitational finishing the 5k course in a time of 18 minutes, 20.80 seconds; and placed second in the ECC Championships with a time of 18:43.58. As head coach, Brouillard realizes that the demands are greater for himself—and his athletes.  “You can see as a head coach what you are made of, and also at the same time see what the student athletes are made of,” he said.  Another star athlete, senior nursing student, Elphas Kimutai of Kenya and no relation to teammate Gladys, praises the new head coach saying “he is the best in terms of how he brings the team together to perform well as a group.  He keeps the fire burning within each of us to give it our best shot.”

Elphas Kimutai, is a senior majoring in nursing.  Going into his final season, his mindset is to finish the way he started, strong.  He has been touched by the NYIT Community so much, that when asked about his future, he wants to take his athletic skills and win the Boston Marathon, the New York Marathon, or the Berlin Marathon.  He comments, “If I win either one of the three or all of them, I want to associate these triumphs with the love and support that NYIT has given me.”  When asked about giving advice to the younger teammates, Elphas poignantly says, “I would strongly advise my teammates to give 110 percent, and make sacrifices to be successful in their endeavors.  You have to sacrifice a lot, even if times seem tough.  Storms will come, and they might be strong.  You have to know that these strong storms will go away.”

On September 8th, the team took part in their first meet of the season at Fordham Fiasco & Follies in the Bronx.  Along with NYIT, universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Columbia were in attendance.  Amongst this tough competition, the Bears fared well.  The Men’s side finished 10th overall, while the Women’s side finished 11th.

With this start, NYIT has some amazing potential.  As the age old mathematical saying goes, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  That same old saying applies here; with Coach Brouillard at the helm leading a team of talented student athletes, NYIT Cross Country is back and better than ever!  As the new coach has said before, “We have the talent, all we need to do is put that amazing talent in the right places.  Once that happens, NYIT can become a serious threat on both the Men’s and Women’s side.”

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