Inspiration for XC from an Olympian

Katie '16 and the Peddie Cross Country team receive advice and inspiration from an Olympian.

On September 17th, Donn Cabral, and Olympic steeplechaser, visited and spoke to the Peddie cross country team post-workout in Princeton, New Jersey.

Some of Cabral’s accomplishments include 10 All-American honors in cross country and track and field, multiple NCAA titles, setting the American collegiate record for the steeplechase (8:19.14), and 8th place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in the 2012 Olympics.

Cabral spoke to us about setting and committing to goals, race visualization, overcoming obstacles in one’s sport and life, his experience on the Olympic team, and his race day schedule. He took us through his pre-race routine from the night before to getting on the start line, explaining what to eat and why and how to stay positive before a race. Cabral even challenged us to set and dedicate ourselves to a goal before returning to Peddie. His speech was funny and inspiring.

Meeting Donn Cabral was an amazing experience and he definitely got the team psyched for the season!