SETH GALLMAN ‘22| STAFF WRITER • Ethan Pine ’22 is no stranger to success on the cross- country course or the track, but in college, it is a whole new playing field. Pine’s high school career at Greenwood Community High School ended at the state track meet where he finished 13th overall and ran a personal best in the 1600m. Previously that year during the cross- country season, he finished 36th in the cross- country semi state meet, just missing the cut for the state race. Pine is a fearless freshman here at Wabash College and is looking to take his running abilities to the next level.
Pine has made a quick adjustment to the academic life here at Wabash, and he is making strides in his athletic competition as well.
“It was definitely hard at first, having to basi- cally start over with everything like making new relationships, but once I got to know all the guys, I felt a lot better,” Pine said.
Pine resides in Martindale hall along with three of his teammates and takes great pride
in the independent life as he competed for the independent men’s chapel sing team. As many Wabash students know building new rela- tionships and beginning the trek to getting a Wabash degree can be daunting. With the size of the campus being just under 1,000, the faces around campus get more familiar each day. Pine has found community in his teammates as well as the Martindale Hall residents. Although Pine chose not to rush a fraternity, he has still found a band of brothers throughout campus through sports and his independent living unit, Martindale.
Recently at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region meet Pine placed 90th overall with a personal best time of 26:44.3 in the 8k race. Wabash placed 13th as a team and have a bright future ahead. The team brought in 11 freshman which makes up half of their current roster of 22. With a promising future within grasp, Pine will be focusing on training hard as he transitions to track season. “The training for college is putting in a lot more mileage than I did in high school, but I feel like I am adjusting quickly,” Pine said. As Pine looks to make that transition to the track he will be focusing on maintaining his endurance and strength. “In college there is not much off season. We get a two-week break and then are right back to preparing for the indoor track season,” Pine said.
Although Pine is unsure of what he will be studying at Wabash, he has enjoyed his course load so far. One of his classes with Professor Bost explores the way cars have an impact in today’s society. Pine works hard to put academ- ics first but still compete at the highest level possible on the course. He is hoping to compete in the 1600m, distance medley relay, and the 800m before he heads into outdoor season where he will compete in the 1500m and the 800m. With a hopeful future, Pine has nowhere to go but up in his career at Wabash College.