posted 2011-04-27 12:00:16

Athlete Profile: Jose Miranda

Jose Miranda / Photo Courtesy of Hunter Athletics Dept.
Jose Miranda / Photo Courtesy of Hunter Athletics Dept.
Athlete Profile: Jose Miranda

Track star is never satisfied

Nancy Olisma

Staff Writer

There are over 20,000 students enrolled at Hunter College. Among them, it would be impossible to find another student like sophomore Jose Giovanny Miranda. Miranda is not only excelling academically as a student in the Macaulay Honors College, but he is also soaring athletically for the Hawks as a member of three sports teams.

Following the suggestion of a friend, Miranda’s running career began at Xavier High School in Manhattan. After graduating from Xavier High School, Miranda was eager to continue the sport. “I wasn’t ready to let go of running after I graduated high school,” he recalled.

At Hunter College, Miranda was able to find the best of both worlds both academically and athletically. Miranda is currently a member of the cross-country, indoor, and outdoor track and field teams. In his college career, Miranda has run a variety of events including the 400 IH, 800, 8K, 10K, 1500, and the 4x1 and 4x4 relays. He currently holds the season’s fastest time among senior colleges in CUNYAC in the 1500 with a time of 4:13.78.

Miranda may make it look easy, but balancing academics with athletic commitments and responsibilities can be difficult. Miranda admits, “It can be tough to get schoolwork done after a tough workout.” However, with effort and hard work, Miranda proves that no obstacle is unbeatable.

Understanding how fortunate he is to receive a college education, Miranda does not take anything for granted. “I am very grateful to be a part of such a select population.  I am especially grateful to be a part of the Macaulay Honors College.  This program has offered me an abundant amount of opportunities, privileges, and benefits,” he said.

In addition to attending classes and completing the assignments of a full-time course load, Miranda attends practice five days a week and competes in competitions on the weekends. An average day at practice for Miranda would include a two to three mile warm-up, a 10 minute jump rope, drills, two miles worth of speed work, cool down drills, and a two to three mile cool down run.

He usually follows this with icing, stretching, and weight or core training. Miranda gladly welcomes the challenge that every day may bring. “Seeing just how far one’s limitations can be pushed is the best part of cross country and track and field,” he said.

Miranda’s determination is not entirely intrinsic. He draws inspiration from his sister Grace. Grace Miranda follows her passion in art and gives Jose a model to look up to. “She loves what she makes and does and helps to remind me that I should always do what I love and run.”

Miranda is also inspired by teammates Chris Guerrero and Alex Arslan. “Chris has been through a lot of adversity and at times when it seemed as though it might be too difficult for him to compete or win, he’s done so anyway. And Alex’s extreme love and dedication for our sport astounds me on a day-to-day basis. I do my best to be just like them every day.”

In his spare time, Miranda enjoys music, singing, writing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. He also admits to a special talent of wiggling his ears. In the future, he wants to become a lawyer and has the dream of owning his own restaurant. He also states that coaching would be “very rewarding and fulfilling experience” and is considering the idea for the future.

With less than a month left of his sophomore year with the Hawks, Miranda has set out several goals. He hopes to break two-minute mark in the 800m Run, improve his time in the 1500m, and win both the 800m and 1500m at the 2011 CUNYAC Outdoor Championship, scheduled for May 1st.

He is always trying to add to his already impressive accomplishments at Hunter. His work ethic will undoubtedly leave an impact on not only Hunter College and the Hunter Athletics Program, but on the lives of his teammates as well.