NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Antonio D'Arpino, Wells College

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Antonio D'Arpino, Wells College

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we meet Antonio D'Arpino from Wells College.

Name: Antonio D'Arpino
Sport(s):
Men's Cross Country
Hometown: Auburn, N.Y.

What is your current class year and major?

I am a senior majoring in health sciences with a pre-physical therapy concentration.

Why did you choose to attend Wells College?

I chose to attend Wells for many reasons. It was close to home, had smaller class sizes, my cross country coach, and the location of the college being right on Cayuga Lake.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Wells College cross country team?

To me it's so much more than a team, it's a family. Over the course of four years, I have built an unbreakable connection with my teammates and coaches that will last us decades in life after Wells.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Wells College, what would it be?

My first collegiate race freshman year. I ran a very impressive 8K race, which gave me the motivation and confidence to improve as a cross country runner.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

I will be attending the US Army after graduation, furthering my education and getting my Doctorate of Physical Therapy specializing in amputee rehabilitation. I'd like to travel working in different practices all around the world. 

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

I'm an ODDLINE dodgeball coach at our school which is a tradition every spring that our college has. I am also a moderator for part of the gaming club.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Passionate, Diligent, Dedicated

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

About a minute before the race I always like to make a joke to neighboring teams just to get them laughing. It usually gets rid of any pre-race nerves.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food: Mexican food

Professional Team or Player: Mo Farah (British Distance Runner)

Movie: I am Legend

Class at Wells College: Microbiology

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

Being able to manage your time with all your responsibilities effectively while at the same time being a competitive student-athlete.

To learn more about Wells College and Express athletics, visit wells-express.com.

********************************************************************************************************************************************

The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.