You can see him cheering on his teammates or running in the front of the pack in a meet The player of the moment for boys varsity cross-country is senior captain Ethan Pinkes. Pinkes has been a part of the Kingswood Oxford boys cross country team for four years and has been a captain for one. He started off as a soccer player in his middle school years but decided it was time for a change when he became a freshman in high school. His brother also ran cross country so he decided to change things up and run. He has always enjoyed running and tried it out. It was instant love for Ethan and according to his coach, from the beginning, Ethan was a great runner.
Sophomore year he had a minor setback because of a stress fracture that kept him out of racing. Yet in his junior and senior years Pinkes fought back and became one of the best runners in the team. “He keeps improving his times and just took his time down 51 seconds,” Head Coach Fritz Goodman said.
Pinkes has a great bond with his team and shows great leadership on the running plains. “He sets a good example for the younger players and he lets them see what is possible,” Coach Goodman said.
“Being a captain has forced me into a more important role on the team,” Pinkes said. The younger kids look up to him as a senior and a captain as a role model but also for advice. “I have traditionally been a person who leads by example but being a captain has made me lead in a more outgoing manner,” Pinkes said.
Pinkes definitely leads by example by not only working hard in practice but also by constantly improving his times. He recently earned All-League status which is a high achievement for a high school student. This achievement helps pay off all the hard work he has put into the program and his running skills. This season has proven to be a great season for Pinkes. He has been running every race better than the last, proving himself at the Founder League Meet Nov. 2 where he placed 11th.
Pinkes said he loves his team. “The team does an excellent job of coming together on race day,” Pinkes said. He only wants what is best for his team. He also thinks his team has become a very focused group and is sad to leave the team but knows they are in a good place. Pinkes is off to college next year and hopes to continue his running career at a Division III College sports program.