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Lunn Gets the Nod for Team Captain

Kevin Lunn. (photo by David Silverman,
Kevin Lunn. (photo by David Silverman,

Junior Also Wins Men's Cross Country Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Kevin Lunn was elected captain by his teammates for the 2012 season at Thursday's cross country banquet. He was also honored with the Mike Stanley-John Cleary Class of 1954 Men's Cross Country Award, given annually 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."

Over the course of the recently concluded season, Lunn emerged as Yale's most consistent runner, finishing first among the team at each of the season's final three meets. He earned second team All-Ivy distinction for his 13th-place finish at Heps, and he logged his personal record 8k time of 25:16 at the Princeton Invitational one week earlier.

"Obviously, being elected captain meant the world to me. It was a tremendous honor," said Lunn. "I look forward to leading this great group of guys who have a ton of potential for the coming season."

As far as his goals for the team, Lunn first stressed the need for consistency in terms of both training mileage and race performance. He also added his hope that the team would maintain and improve the mental toughness and positive attitude it has been developing.

Head cross country coach Paul Harkins acknowledged that Lunn's election was "well-deserved."

"It shows that through Kevin's hard work, dedication, and positive attitude, he has earned the respect of his teammates, and that they believe he can lead them to big things during the 2012 season," said Harkins. "I am extremely proud of Kevin for what he has accomplished this year and I know that having him as our captain will make my job that much easier"

Lunn is a humanities major in Trumbull College, and hails from Santa Barbara, Calif.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity