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First Year Falcon - Taban Manyok

Fri Oct 23, 2020

Fitchburg, Mass. – Fitchburg State Athletics will feature spotlight profiles of first-year student-athletes across the Falcons' 17 NCAA Division III programs.

Meet Taban Manyok from our men's cross country program:


Position: Runner

Years playing sport: 5

Hometown: Lynn, Mass.

High School: St.Mary's Lynn

Family: Mom(Nyaring), Sister(Mary), Brother(Elijah)

How did you get into your sports? I got into running at an early age because it was what I loved to do. Running is not always about winning. For me it is about staying healthy, learning, and living life. Running is the foundation of every sport. Sometimes you just have to find a passion for running.

Why did you choose Fitchburg State University? I chose Fitchburg State because I had an amazing connection  with my coaches. They came to my meets and called me to check up on me which meant a lot to me. The library was also a huge attraction for me, and the fact that the school had my major was a plus. When I did an overnight and got a great tour from my coach I knew this was the place for me.

What hobbies do you have outside of your sport? I am a huge basketball player. I love playing basketball, exercising, hanging out with friends, and working.

What is your dream job? Computer Programmer

What is your greatest sports moment? My greatest sports moment so far is winning a individual state championship for my division senior year of high school

Fun fact about yourself? I love smoothies

Do you have any pregame/pre-event rituals? I say the Hail Mary before my races

Favorite athlete? John Wall

What was the last thing you binge watched? The 100

What would you sing at Karaoke? Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven

Favorite food? Pizza

Favorite vacation spot? Chicago

Favorite Quote/Motto? "When your legs can't run anymore, run with your heart."

Go to song before game/meet? Polo G - DND

What is your happy place? My bed

Are you more like your dad or mom? Mom

What are your pet peeves? Being left on delivered or read

What would your superpower be? Super Speed

Are there any community service activities you've enjoyed being involved in? Not on campus, but back home I sometimes help out at a place called My Brother's Table which is a non-profit organization that helps feed the poor everyday solely off of donations.