At the top of the city, overlooking the Charles, the men of BC Cross Country casually caught up to reminisce about the 2012 season. From September to November, the season saw some of the best team performances in years. On Wednesday evening we enjoyed good food and great company, and honored those athletes who performed at the highest level throughout the season.
Jordan Hamm - By his senior year, Jordan Hamm had learned a thing or two about running well. Finishing either first or second on the team throughout the year, Hamm was no stranger to leading by example in 2012. He has consistently worked hard and more importantly has encouraged others to do the same. His efforts over the years have helped to elevate the performance of the team overall, and will help develop future leadership in seasons to come.
Danny Kane - After spending a year and a half sitting on the sidelines, and with no solution to a nagging injury in the spring of 2012, most athletes would simply throw in the towel. Not Danny Kane. Rather, he did just the opposite when he laced up his shoes and decided to run anyway. Building slowly and learning more each day he ran, Kane was able to overcome a hamstring and lower back injury through the spring and summer and helped inspire a team to greater success in the fall of 2012. His hard work, determination, and willingness to push those around him were huge assets for the team this cross country season.
Rookie Of The Year
David Taranto - On a team with talent across the senior, junior and sophomore classes, David Taranto made an impact immediately and helped push everyone to run at a higher level, which isn’t always easy for a freshman athlete. Running several personal best performances and consistently a top performer on the team, Taranto was our freshman athlete of the year.
James Newhouse - This category is always difficult to pick, as we generally have a vast array of athletes improving year-to-year and within the season. However, James Newhouse stood out as the athlete with the most complete overall improvement in the 2012 season. Demonstrating remarkable consistency throughout season, Newhouse finished as the 6th man for BC at the IC4A Championships, where he improved an incredible 1 minute and 16 seconds from the previous season. Newhouse cracked the 26:00 barrier for the first time when he ran 25:55 at the New England Championships, improving over a minute and a half from his freshman year. That kind of year-to-year improvement, and positioning himself as a top contender at the end of the 2012 season, locked up this award for Newhouse as a sophomore who looks to be a major player in future years.
Louis Serafini - Fellow seniors Jordan Hamm and Louis Serafini alternated throughout the season as the first and second man in every competition in 2012. However, Serafini’s year end run at the top, both at the ACC Championships (34th) and IC4A Championships (14th) sealed the deal for his 3rd MVP title in four seasons. Serafini’s efforts helped lead the Eagles to their best finish at the New England Championships since 2006, where he placed 4th overall. In addition, Serafini helped guide the team to major improvements at the ACC, NCAA Regional, and IC4A Championships in a very successful 2012 season. Breaking the 25:00 barrier on three occasions and posting a personal best 24:30, the MVP award for 2012 was well deserved by Serafini.