Varsity cross country team member Cullen Cohane '11 in action. (photo courtesy Jeff Elliot)
As a four year Varsity athlete, Cullen Cohane ’11 exemplifies a cross country runner with natural ability, enthusiastic humor, and an easy, stress-free attitude. Cohane proved to be an integral team leader as he passed on his happy-go-lucky state of mind to younger, more anxious runners.
“Cullen brings innate ability to the team… Off the field, he’s funny and he keeps the team laughing,” said cross country coach and science teacher Richard Clark. “Cullen is special because he brings a joking attitude to the team,” affirmed Eric Dobosh ’12. “Before the last meet he gave us a funny pep talk, and we were all dying of laughter at the starting line. He is never too serious, which is really good for running because you want to stay relaxed.”
Not only is Cohane a naturally funny person and an innately talented runner, but he is also dedicated and enthusiastic. “He runs really hard during all of his races,” said Caroline Homes ’13. Cohane’s enthusiam translated into commitment this year as he attended almost every practice and all the pasta parties that the team held before meets. Because of this dedication, Cohane “has improved a lot this season, as he went from being a JV runner in the beginning to a solid Varsity runner,” said teammate Sophie Bernstein ’12.
In fact, in his first JV race this year, Cohane came in first place by over 7 seconds, a truly impressive feat. Cohane ran Varsity for the rest of the season, often running as the fourth or fifth man on the team. “He has natural ability and pushes himself during the race. He gets better every season because he’s dedicated to the team and to improving his running abilities,” said Allison Emanuel ’12.