Jimmy Butcher
Graduation Year: 2008
Previous School: Garden City
Hometown: Garden City, N.Y.
Major: Economics/Geography
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

The second that I stepped foot onto Middlebury’s campus I fell in love with the beautiful surroundings and top notch facilities. As a runner, Middlebury’s rural Vermont setting offers everything that I could ever want. Its amazing how quickly the miles fly by when you’re running on the TAM trail which cuts through the forests of Vermont or cruising down the dirt roads which bring you alongside herds of sheep and cattle.

What is the one thing that makes Middlebury College a special place for you?

The beautiful campus catches your attention but the people make Middlebury College an extraordinary place to spend four years. The students, the faculty, and the coaches all have this intangible energy that truly creates an inspirational environment.

What is your best memory as a player at Middlebury College?

As a runner at Middlebury College I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to compete in numerous races both big and small. My favorite moment takes place about ten minutes before each race goes off. The entire field is on the starting line and our coach brings us in for a few last minute pointers. After this advice the team breaks the huddle with an ‘M-I-DD, lets go MIDD.’ As simple as this chant is, I know that it has been done many times before by many Middlebury runners. This thought still gives me goosebumps. To have the opportunity to participate in such a tradition and carry on a history of excellence in the Middlebury uniform is something that I will never forget.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life?

Running is an interesting sport. You’re success at the end of the season is directly dependant upon the way in which you began preparing six months earlier. At some point in a race talent will not compensate for a lack of preparation, it won’t overcome that run you cut short because of the rain. In the end, Cross Country has taught me that success really comes down to dedication and perseverance.]]>

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