At Cross Country Banquet, Athletes Tap Houston for Team Captain
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's cross country team officially ended their 2016 season near the end of the fall semester with the annual team banquet. The athletes selected their next captain at this event, choosing junior Adam Houston to lead the team in 2017.
While Houston has always been a strong competitor for the Elis, he had his breakthrough at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships of his sophomore year in 2015. He had previously finished among the team's top seven and even finished in the top five at Harvard/Yale/Princeton that season, but at Heps, he placed third on the team and 17th overall. This performance was critical to the team's historic third-place finish at the meet, and since then, Houston has continued to be one of the Elis' top competitors.
Head Men's Cross Country Coach Paul Harkins praised Houston as being "very deserving of the captain nomination." He cited Houston's qualifications for the role, describing him as: "steady in his approach, optimistic in his view points and well-loved by his teammates." Coach Harkins also highlighted how Houston will lead a "talented and capable" group of upperclassmen who "will look to set a high bar for the team next fall."
Houston will replace senior James Randon, who led the team as captain, but also as the team's top scorer in every race he ran in 2016. While Randon's cross country career with the Elis is now finished, Houston inherits a talented and resilient team. Houston will also lead an experienced group of athletes, with many upperclassmen, and especially seniors, likely to compete on the team's scoring seven next year.
Houston reflected on the recognition from his teammates, and the difficult year the team has faced, saying, "Our team has been through a lot this year, including the tragedy of losing a teammate and friend. I'm proud to be part of a team that has shown so much love and support for each other, and with a group that is this close I know we can't fail to do great things next year."