NJNYTC Welcomes Daniel Winn
The HOKA New Jersey*New York Track Club is proud to announce the newest addition to the 2018 team—Daniel Winn. The Portland, Oregon native is a 2015 graduate from the University of Oregon, where he went from freshman walk-on to the eventual school record holder in the indoor mile. He has finished as high as 7th at the USA Outdoor Championships and 8th at 2016 Olympic Trials in the 1500m and finished 2nd for the United States at the NACAC Championships.
Winn holds personal bests of 3:37.56 for 1500m and 3:56.73 in the mile, but his main goal in joining the HOKA NJ*NY squad will be establishing himself as one of America’s best upcoming steeplechasers. The decision to trying the new event is that, ‘it makes sense on paper. I have cross-country chops, miler speed, am notably tall and good at basketball.’ He is excited to be working under the tutelage of the team’s steeplechase coach, Tommy Nohilly (8:16 PR), who has guided the likes of Donn Cabral and Ashley Higginson to multiple USA teams.
Coach Gagliano speaks highly of Winn and is excited to add him to the team’s stable of sub-4 minute milers. ‘He is exactly the type of athlete we look to add to our roster. I wanted to coach him straight out of Oregon, but am happy he’s with us now.’ Winn noted that he was especially attracted to the group to once again train with old teammates, Colby Alexander and Johnny Gregorek. Both have confirmed him to be a solid wind blocker and consistent split hitter.
Unlike many athletes on the team, he is not originally from the northeast, but has always identified as a city-person and points to his avid Seinfeld fan hood as motivation for moving to New York. Whereas the majority of the team currently lives in Westchester for easy access to practice at The Masters School (located in Dobbs Ferry), Winn will be commuting from Brooklyn. Although his reason it that ‘it’s the best city in the world,’ Gags is expecting some eventual tardiness and joked with a hearty laugh, ‘I know he’s going to blame the subways!’