Herons cross-country runner Emily D’Addario’13 set course records in each of the first three races of the season. While such a strong start is impressive for any runner, it is more unusual in D’Addario’s case because this is the first year she has ever run competitively. The former soccer player’s first race was the Seneca7 last spring and she became an official member of the cross-country team this year — in time to win her first three races.
During the first race of the season at SUNY Institute of Technology, D’Addario set a new course record of 19 minutes, 25 seconds. At the Hobart Invitational, she ran her way to a new course record of 22 minutes, 22 seconds, helping her team earn their fifth straight title. Then, at the Houghton Invitational, D’Addario ran a personal best 5K time of 18 minutes, 19.86 seconds.
From Farmington, Conn., D’Addario has been a soccer player for most of her life. During her college selection, she looked at William Smith in part for the successful soccer program. D’Addario was a member of the Herons soccer team her first and sophomore years, but it was during the middle of her sophomore year that something changed: she got hurt.
“It really put things into perspective for me,” D’Addario says. “I knew I loved soccer but also realized that I wanted to try other things during my time here.”
But why cross country? D’Addario laughs, “I had some friends who were running the Seneca7 last spring. They asked me to join their team and I said yes. It was my first race ever and I couldn’t believe how much fun it was!”
She says being part of the Heron cross-country team has been just as fun.
“They were so welcoming to me when I joined. I still keep in touch with my soccer teammates too; they have been really excited for me. Everyone has been supportive of my decision to run cross country,” she says. “I never expected to this well, but I am enjoying every minute. Running is so calming and I love being outside.”
Heron’s Cross Country Coach Jack Warner is pleased that D’Addario joined the team. “She leads by example and is a dedicated runner who is just learning the nuances of competitive running.”
D’Addario is already looking to the future. “I think having goals is very important as it motivates me and holds me accountable. I will definitely do the Seneca7 again; it was the most fun day I’ve ever had at school. I attended the first committee meeting and plan to be on the Seneca7 committee this year to help prepare for the event. I would encourage everyone to participate.”
When she is not running, D’Addario is busy working on her individually-created health sciences major. She is also a double minor in biology and psychology, taking challenging classes such as anatomy and biological psychology. This fall, she was inducted into the Laurel Society, the William Smith junior class honor society for women who demonstrated a commitment to the community. D’Addario also works for the Admissions Office and has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club. Her favorite thing to do on a fall day, other than running, is to get a hot chai latte from the Cellar Pub.