JCU Athletics Pride: Success in Independent Sports

Sunday, March 17, 2013, was a proud day for the Athletics Department at JCU as they were able to witness three of their students succeed in independent sports competitions. Victoria di Castro Horn, El Cheikh Fares Cheikh Moussa (Fares), and Luke Norian all brought home medals that day.

Degree-seeking student Victoria Horn

Degree-seeking student Victoria Horn

Victoria set off to Viterbo on St. Patrick’s Day to compete against twelve other competitors in the Hammer Throw. The result? She came back with the Silver. Victoria has been training for Track and Field events since her senior year of high school. It is her dedication and love for the sport that keeps her going each day. How did Victoria feel about her win? “Bitter Sweet, because I know I can do better as I have thrown consistently better in practice.” Ultimately, Victoria and her coach were proud of her victory.

Pride seemed to be the theme of the day as Fares watched three of his Muay Thai students place at Grottaferrata in the Palazetto dello Sport. Sunday was National Muay Thai day and the arena was filled to capacity as onlookers watched about 120 fighters participating in the tournament.  The JCU students received one gold and two bronze medals. Fares commented:  “they all participated in tough fights, but it seemed easy for our fighters as they didn’t give their opponents much time to breath.” Fares, a Muay Thai fighter himself, brought his passion for the sport to JCU two years ago by initiating the JCU Martial Arts Club so that “others could experience the achievements [he] had experienced.”

Left to right: Study Abroad Student Jessica Vo, Degree Seeking Student and coach El Cheikh Fares Cheikh Moussa, Degree Seeking Student Dusan Mikovic, ENLUS student Sgromo Alessandro

Left to right: Study Abroad Student Jessica Vo, Degree Seeking Student and coach El Cheikh Fares Cheikh Moussa, Degree Seeking Student Dusan Mikovic, ENLUS student Sgromo Alessandro

Rounding out the day was Luke who participated in the Maratona di Roma. Luke finished the race in a great time of 4 hours and 11 minutes. It was the first marathon that he participated in, but Luke was not a stranger to running—he is the trainer for JCU’s Running Club. To better prepare, Luke had trained intensely for a solid month before hand. How does Luke feel now that it is over? “Accomplished. It is a very positive feeling to be able to push yourself to your limits.” His goal is to have the Running Club’s successor incorporate marathon training for the next semester, which would allow others to participate in future races.

Right to left: Degree Seeking Student Luke Norian, Study Abroad Student Elizabeth Klar

Right to left: degree seeking student Luke Norian, study abroad student Elizabeth Klar, study abroad student Grant Edwards

Victoria, Fares, and Luke all experienced a piece of “The Luck of the Irish,” this St. Patty’s day. But, it was more than just luck that allowed these talented students to achieve their goals; it was their commitment, hard work, and perseverance that led them to victory.

Susan Good
Athletics Student Assistant
Art History Major
Class of 2013

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