Mariners Spotlight: Junior Captain Connor Cole - Oct. 12, 2017

Mariners Spotlight: Junior Captain Connor Cole - Oct. 12, 2017’s new feature, the "Mariners Spotlight," is now in its seventh week. Each week we shine a spotlight on different student-athletes from each of our teams. This week, we catch up with junior Connor Cole (Alpharetta, Ga.) of the men’s cross country team. 

See below for our Q&A with Connor. Enjoy! 

Q: Congratulations on being named a team captain of the cross country team earlier this year! Share with us how you felt when you found out and what it means to you.
A: I was pretty surprised to be named a captain as a junior. I’m glad I’ve been given this opportunity to lead the team because I want to ensure that the team continues to win meets, but also enjoy the sport.

Q: How has your time at Kings Point thus far prepared you to be a leader?
A: Working Indoc for the Class of 2021 was the largest leadership opportunity that I have had at Kings Point so far. This prepared me to be responsible for those who I am in charge of. 

Q: The team has had some really great results through the first month of the season. What’s your take on the season thus far?
A: Even after losing three seniors last year the team has been able to perform well. I’d say it’s because of the depth we have as a team. It has also been nice to see plebes come in and start to help the team score. 

Q: What are you looking forward to most the rest of this season? What goals do you individually and the team collectively have down the stretch?
A:  I’m looking forward to the Conference Championship. The team has a good chance of repeating as champions, and I want to end up on the first team all-conference to help the team win the race. 

Q: Who is the funniest player on the team?
A: Mac (Austin MacElrevey) 

Q: What was your favorite class that you have taken so far and why?
A: Integrated Navigation 2 because I was able to practice navigation with the ECDIS and radar on the simulator. 

Q: What company did you work for, what role did you have on the ship and where did you go during your Sea Year?
A: I worked for MSC on the USNS APACHE. On the days I was underway, I stood watch with the third mate, and the other days I helped organize charts. 

Q: What did you learn while out at sea?
A: The main thing I learned was time management. 

Q: What was your favorite place to visit while you were out at sea and why?
A: Norfolk because it was the only place I went during my first sailing. 

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