Quincy O’ Connor is a senior on the Fordham cross country team. He has competed in long distance races over the past four years and is now in his last cross country season. Last year, he was named team MVP and won the individual title at the Metropolitain Championship. He is an English major with a concentration in creative writing.
The Fordham Ram: How do you feel about this season so far?
Quincy O’Connor: The season is off to a great start. We have our conference meet coming up in a couple of weeks and we are very ready.
TFR: Anything you are looking forward to for the team this year?
QC: We have been preparing hard for the championship season. We started off strong at the Metropolitan Championships and are looking forward to the rest of the season.
TFR: Even though you generally run on your own for the meets, would you say the team plays an important role for you?
QC: Cross country is all about the team. My performance is only good insofar as it helps the team be successful.
TFR: How would you describe your experience on this team over the past few years?
QC: The team has made my experience at Fordham great. I have met some great friends and teammates. It will be strange leaving at the end of the year.
TFR: What ultimately guided your decision to come to Fordham all those years ago?
QC: When I came on my official visit and met the team and saw the close-knit nature, I knew that I wanted to come here.
TFR: Looking back, is there anything you wish you had done differently during your running career?
QC: I don’t think so.
TFR: What is your favorite memory from your four years on the team?
QC: So far, winning the Metropolitan Championships last fall for the first time in 65 years. But that answer may change at the end of this season.
TFR: Looking forward, do you see running as a part of your future?
QC: I will keep running as long as my body lets me.
TFR: What are your future plans?
QC: I plan to move out west and run as much as possible in the mountains.
TFR: What is one thing you would like to tell your teammates, as well as prospective runners, about how Fordham has shaped you as a person and as an athlete?
QC: It’s taught me to be tough, and also the importance of team. Without my teammates my experience would not have been the same. They are the reason for my success since I’ve been here. I’d tell people to not get caught up in themselves and to focus on the team. Don’t take yourself too seriously.