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DONN CABRAL - AIM HIGH 2017


Special Guest Donn Cabral
• 2012 & 2016 Olympian - 3,000m Steeplechase
• 3000m Steeplechase: 8:13.37 (#9 all-time performer U.S.)
• Mile: 3:56.41
• 5000 meters: 13:22.19
• 8th 2012 & 2016 Olympics 3000m Steeplechase
• 10th 2013 World Championships 3000n Steeplechase
• 2012 NCAA Champion 3000m Steeplechase
• 8-time NCAA All American
• 10-time Ivy League Champion

Glastonbury High School '08 (Glastonbury, CT)
• 2-Mile: 8:56.35 5000: 14:32.60
• 2x Footlocker Finalist
• 2x State & New England Cross Country Champion

Donn Cabral started off as a soccer player. There was just one problem. He was the slowest player on the team. Therefore, in the spring of his freshman year at Glastonbury High School (Glastonbury, CT) he decided to run track to improve his speed. He started out the season running the 400 meters in 68 seconds but ended the season by breaking 10 minutes in the 2-mile run. That made him rethink playing soccer in the fall and running cross country. When he received a letter from the cross country coach he decided to make the change. It was the right decision. By the time he graduated, his credentials included two State and two New England Cross Country Championships and state records in the 2-mile (8:56.35) and the 5000 (14:32.60). He was also a 2x Footlocker finalist. To this day Donn considers one of his greatest achievements running the Van Cortlandt Park course in 15:13 where he won the Footlocker Northeast regional meet.

It would be no surprise that Donn was recruited by many colleges around the country. His decision came down to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Georgetown. His number one priority was education and those schools fit the bill. But it was Princeton where he felt most comfortable with the team, coach and the ability to run on trails and soft surfaces. He says, “I have no mental energy to run on city blocks all day.”

Other than losing his freshman year to a plantar fascia tear, Donn’s career at Princeton was phenomenal. He was a 10-time Ivy League Champion and an 8-time NCAA All-American. His sophomore, junior and senior year he won the 3000m steeplechase and 10,000 at the Ivy League Championships. He has school and Ivy League records. His senior year in 2012 Donn had, “the best several week span in my life.” At the Larry Ellis Invitational he won the 1500. Then at the Penn Relays he anchored Princeton’s DMR and 4x1mile relays to thrilling first place finishes over some of the top running programs in the country. Next, he stunned the track world by taking down a star-studded field that included Evan Jager at the Oxy High Performance Meet in Los Angeles. His winning time of 8:19.14 set an American collegiate record. It came as no surprise that he would win the NCAA championship. He followed all that up with making his first of two Olympic teams.

At Aim High Donn will tell you his story which includes him buying an altitude tent on Craig’s List his senior year and setting it up in his dorm room. It simulated him being at an altitude of 12,000 feet. He slept and studied in that tent 12 hours per day.

Donn graduated from Princeton in 2012 with a degree in economics. He presently resides in Connecticut and is a member of the NJ-NY Track Club that is headed by coaching legend Frank Gagliano.



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