Dario Epifania Dean Mignogna Nick Simila
GLASSBORO, NJ – Dario Epifania, Dean Mignogna and Nick Simila have been chosen captains for the 2020 Rowan University men’s cross country team.
“We went with three captains this year because of the size of training groups dictated by COVID,” said head coach Dustin Dimit. “We are fortunate to have a lot of guys that had already been leading or helping the team in a variety of ways. Our captains have stepped in and done a great job so far leading their training groups. We are lucky to have strong leadership to help us through this difficult time.”
“Dario showed natural leadership as a freshman last year,” continued Dimit. “He has been a great voice in the locker room in addition to always doing the right thing.”
In 2019, Epifania earned New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year. He was the first freshman to cross the finish line at the conference championships. The Kendall Park native came in 22nd with a time of 25:51.4. He ran 26:06.6 at the Inter-Regional Border Battle.
Epifania had a 14th place finish (28:45.3) at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championships. He was named the NJAC Rookie of the Week three times. A Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction, Epifania is an accounting major.
“Dean has been a hard worker his whole career at Rowan,” said Dimit. “That work ethic along with being outspoken led him to be our senior captain this year.”
This is the third season for Mignogna from Sewell on the men’s cross country team. He ran a career top time of 28:09.3 at the 2018 Mike Woods Invitational. Mignogna finished in 28:29.0 at the Salisbury Fall Classic that same season. A Rowan Scholar-Athlete, Mignogna received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention. He is majoring in finance with a minor in management information systems.
“Nick put in a great summer and has been great this season and last year reaching out to the young guys on the team,” Dimit commented.
A junior, Simila had a time of 26:54.5, which was career best at the 2019 NJAC Championships. He came in 11th (28:49.9) at the Bill Fritz Invitational. Simila ran 28:00.6 at the Inter-Regional Border Battle. From Wenonah, he is a biological sciences major.