September 28, 2021

Moheimani blazes new trails at Delhi

2016 Homer grad showing her versatility

Photo provided by SUNY Delhi Athletics

Arielle Moheimani (far left) works the second lane representing SUNY Delhi during relay action for the Broncos track and field team at Ocean Breeze.

Arielle Moheimani began showing her versatility during her years and Homer Central School, but no one expected what the 2016 graduate would eventually accomplish at SUNY Delhi in cross country or track and field.

Moheimani is likely the most versatile athlete in the history of the Broncos’ women’s track and field program.

In the 2019 spring season, she won the 400 intermediate hurdles (1:10.44) and 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:54.20) while helping the 4x400m (4:16.20) and 4x800m (10:23.58) relays to victory at the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championships. She also scored points in the long jump (3rd, 4.58m), javelin (2nd, 29.22m) and hammer throw (6th, 28.52m).

Indoors, Moheimani is on the indoor track and field all-time lists for the 400m (13th, 1:03.86), 500m (13th, 1:24.67), 600m (6th, 1:44.76), 800m (6th, 2:26.42), 1000m (4th, 3:11.28), long jump (10th, 15 feet-2.25 inches), weight throw (32-7.5) and pentathlon (2,475 points) and is a member of the school record-setting distance medley relay team (13:06.47).

Outdoors, she is on the all-time lists in the 400m (10th, 1:01.63), 800m (2:33.18), 3000m steeplechase (5th, 12:54.20), long jump (14th, 15-6), javelin (5th, 100-5), hammer throw (8th, 93-7) and heptathlon (6th, 3,271 points).

Her career highlight would have to be her First Team All-American in cross country at the 2019 USCAA Championships, running the second fastest 6k in program history with a time of 23:52.28 where she placed sixth overall.

A fantastic student and community servant, Moheimani was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence this season. She and Paige Keith were the two students selected from SUNY Delhi for this honor that recognizes SUNY students who have best demonstrated their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, such as leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service, or creative and performing arts. Only two students from SUNY Delhi are selected each year for this statewide honor.

Moheimani’s road to the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence to date, she has accomplished a 3.83 cumulative GPA, became a two-time USCAA Cross Country All-American, and was a NAC outdoor track & field champion in five events – 4×100 in 2018 and the 400m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, 4×400 and 4×800 relay in 2019. Her four event wins in the latter helped the team to their first NAC team title. All of this and she is graduating early, after carrying 20 classhours per semester.

“I knew Arielle had great potential,” Broncos’ head coach Robb Munro said. Munro coaches the cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field teams. “While recruiting her I saw her passion for preparation and competition. I really expected her to be my fourth or fifth runner on the cross country team as a freshman and I knew she would be very respectable on the track teams, but to do what she has done in three years was something not expected. She was good at all the events and she scored in seven different events. She became an exceptional leader and great teammate. I will miss her.”

As the team was looking forward to the spring season that never came, Moheimani was looking to compete in the 100m dash, the 10k, and the triple jump. These were the only events she had not competed in during her collegiate career. Only COVID-19 slowed down the former Trojan.

“It was really upsetting,” Moheimani said. “I was coming off an awesome cross country season where I finished sixth in nationals and was a first team all-american. I was having an equally awesome indoor season. I joined three teammates in breaking the distance medley relay (DMR) school record and went all the way to regionals. We had high hopes in the 4×400 in the outdoor season. I think we would have won the NAC championship again May 2. It made that weekend tough for all of us, especially the seniors when we couldn’t compete. We had a lot of high hopes, motivation and a great season to roll off with.”

Both her and Munro wanted to see her give those final three events a try.

“My coach was a little upset too because he never had anybody do that before.” Moheimani said. “He has had some very talented multi-athletes come through the program and competed at the U.S Championships. He was upset that we didn’t have a 10K in the conference meet anymore. He was looking for a meet where there was a 10K that could be put together. You know trying to find someone else to run six miles around the track.”

As happy as Munro was about Moheimani’s career, the outgoing, yet sometimes shy, athlete was equally surprised at her success.

“The Delhi program is an old one that recently switched to the NCAA and, more importantly, a four-year institution. A lot of the records are really almost unattainable and there are some we could get like the DMR record. My roommate has the 800 indoor and outdoor record. There are really a lot of solid standing records and there have been a lot of solid kids who went to Delhi. I was really surprised to read what I have done, because I really did compete in so many events. I’m just surprised that I rank so high in so many of them in the history of the program.”

The transition to a college level athlete was a challenge that she welcomed and the team atmosphere was different.

“My mileage increased a lot,” Moheimani said. “In cross country, I went from about 35 miles a week to closer to 55 or 60 miles a week. I didn’t think it was that bad. I didn’t get injured or anything, I was grateful for that. Maybe the biggest difference was the team atmosphere. In high school, who had people on the team who were there because their parents tell them to be there. In college, almost everyone on the team wants to be there. It’s a different energy and it’s nice to be surrounded by that.”

Moheimani’s 3.83 GPA did not come in an easy academic program. She majored in Mechatronics, a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering. More automation than robotics.

“I have actually had to take courses in welding, machining, design and drafting, electrical design and drafting, electrical lab courses and even some plumbing courses,” Moheimani said. “Plumbing was actually the most interesting because it was about the piping and those processes. Everything had a lab component to it which was really helpful to me. I learn well by doing. At Delhi, I was really doing something I wanted to do. I had an amazing support system at home (Homer) in people like Mr. Baldwin, Graves, Schneider and even Mrs. Stokoe. Also Mr. Andrako and Miss Jones., Mrs. Williams and Mr.
Fuller. I really had a lot and it was more of a general education. It was different going somewhere else and all my courses were centered around something that I know I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

She still needs an internship to complete her degree at Delhi.

“I was finishing all my in-person classwork this spring,” Moheimani said. “I do need an internship for the summer to fall semester of my senior year. I’m technically a first semester senior and after my internship I have to give a presentation. I would be walking this semester, but not graduating until December.

“I am still in the process of looking for an internship. I applied to one in California and two in Florida. They have shut down their internship programs with the virus and I got those disappointing emails. I have made my peace with it. I have another offer, but it’s not a firm offer. It’s better than nothing.”

What memories while Moheimani take from Delhi and her collegiate career.

“My coach will hate this if he ever reads this, but I love the heptathlon and the pentathlon. He always looked at me and said you’re an 800er, you’re a miler, you’re a distance runner so don’t even argue with me. I really liked that I was able to compete so successfully in the different events. My major is about being versatile and I really liked being able to do all the events I did. I feel grateful to have the ability to do them. While I was probably more impactful in the 800 and 1,000 along with cross country, my heart is always going to lay with the events in the hep and the pen.”

Munro chuckled when told of those comments, but he quickly agreed. “She wasn’t wrong,” he said. “She did prove to me what she could do with her determination, preparation and competitiveness.”

If you think Moheimani is ready to slow down now, you don’t know her.

“I’m looking to sign myself up for two more years of schooling,” Moheimani said. “I’m applying for a Masters Degree at Clarkson in Engineering Management. It’s a step I’m looking for in the education. I’ve always been interested in making orthopedic equipment. I am also looking to interest my skill set in that by going to med school and ending up in R&D, especially orthopedic equipment or biomedical.”

Moheimani might run cross country at Clarkson, but they don’t have a track team so those final three events will still be on hold.