Senior Captain Honored with Cleary Award After Stellar Cross Country Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Senior James Randon ran his last collegiate cross country race in November, but the captain continues to earn awards in recognition of his memorable season with the Yale men's cross country team. Last week, at the annual team banquet, he earned the Mike Stanley-John Cleary Class of 1954 Men's Cross Country Award, which is presented to "the outstanding member of the Yale men's cross country team who excels in dedication, commitment, and inspiration to the sport of cross country."
Randon described himself as "unbelievably blessed" to have had the career that he has with the Elis. He reflected on the past season saying it "has been a whirlwind of ups and downs, but I believe we've come out of it stronger as a group as a result."
Head Men's Cross Country Coach Paul Harkins praised the senior athlete, saying "James Randon had such a great year and led this team so incredibly well, that he was the obvious choice for the Cleary Award." Coach Harkins continued, "He had a phenomenal season, going undefeated in three races at Princeton, capping it off with a Heps Championship and individual qualification to Nationals."
As Coach Harkins described above, Randon won many races this season, including Harvard/Yale/Princeton, the Princeton Invitational and most notably, the Ivy League Championships. With this victory, Randon was the first Yale male athlete to win the Ivy League Championships since Jim Gibson won in 1989. He went on to place fifth at NCAA Regionals and earned a place to run at the NCAA National Championships. Furthermore, over the course of the season, he set personal bests in both the eight-kilometer and 10-kilometer race, breaking his previous 10-kilometer record by more than 25 seconds.
Now, Randon looks to replicate and expand on these successes in the track and field season, which is already underway.
Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity