The air outside is brisk, he’s surrounded by people and everyone is getting into position slowly counting down until the gun is fired. Then off they go around the track as fast as they can while the world slows down around them.
Senior Cross Country Captain JT Gulick has been on the track team for two years and plans to continue running in college wherever he goes. Throughout his fall season JT has accomplished shaving his mile time down to 4 minutes and 42 seconds, and his 5k down to 17 minutes and 46 seconds.
JT’s favorite part about being on track isn’t the fact that he’s good at it it’s the competition that he loves. He believes that going up against guys that are faster only betters him as a runner because it challenges him to step up and try to be faster.
JT isn't only a great runner but he also is a great captain.“I think JT is a good captain, he has loads of confidence, and he inspires a lot of underclassmen on the team because he’s so good plus it’s fun to watch him run it gives us something to cheer for,” said sophomore Lauren Graham.
There are a lot of things he loves about track, but JT actually hates the act of running. In his own words, he said, “I don’t really like to run, I keep running because I love the competition and I look good running.”
Throughout his season JT has been approached by college scouts from all over.his top choice would be Western Connecticut University, but he’s keeping his options open for now. He’s nervous to run in college, but he thinks that if he runs the way he has been this year he may not win all the time but he’ll still do well and that’s all that matters.
Senior cross country runner Vinicius Ribiero commented that “JT is an amazing runner for someone who has only been running for 2 years but it’s not his running that makes him good it’s the way that he feeds off the competition and uses it to make him run faster and longer.”
This is JT’s last season of cross country at McMahon and he was sad to say goodbye because cross country has meant so much to him. But he has accomplished so much that he’s more excited to see what the future holds for him than anything else.
One last piece of advice Coach Bradley would like to give to JT would be “He has shown so much potential, and has by far not reached the ceiling in running he has a lot more potential but with a full-time coach, someone he’ll see every day so to speak, he will be very successful running for whatever college he chooses, all he has to do is keep working at his running.”