Senior Brian Barker has steadily improved as a runner during his time on the UR cross country team. This past weekend, he had one of his best career results, finishing 39th at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships. His time in the 8-kilometer run was 28:01.3, good enough to place first among ‘Jackets runners. Barker’s finish was 14 spots better than in 2012, when he finished the same race in 51st place. As his college career winds down, Barker is undoubtedly looking to continue his ascension as a runner.
Why did you come to UR?
For the ideal running weather in the winter.
What is your favorite part about running?
Masochism. Pain is my friend. Also, Kyle Smith.
What is your favorite memory with the cross county team?
Having shower pizza after a hard workout is always great.
Who has been your best mentor as a runner?
Jamie Vavra ’12. He’s so dreamy.
Where is your favorite place to run?
Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester. Once I ran a Cobbs loop six times in five days.
What advice would you give to high school athletes looking to compete in college?
Always commit to whatever you are doing in your life. Always commit, and do what you think is best for the team.
What are your ideal racing conditions?
I like it sloppy. The muddier, windier, and rainier it is, the better.
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
To finish in the top two as a team at regionals [on Nov. 16 in Mt. Morris, N.Y.].
Shapiro is a member of the class of 2016.