Track's Danilack Named West Point's First Captain

Danilack running alongside Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr.

Danilack running alongside Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr.

Aug. 1, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Senior multi-event specialist Lindsey Danilack of the Army track and field team has been named the First Captain of the United States Corps of Cadets for the 2013-14 academic year. Danilack will be the fourth female in West Point history to serve in the role since women entered the Academy in 1976. First Captain, also known as Brigade Commander, is the highest position in the West Point cadet chain of command.

As First Captain, Danilack is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400 member Corps of Cadets. She is the first female since Stephanie Hightower served in 2005-06. Danilack joins Hightower, Grace Chung (2003-04) and Kristin Baker (1989-90) as the Academy’s lone female Brigade Commanders. Other notable First Captains include John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur and William Westmoreland.

The First Captain is a senior similar to a student body president.  Her duties will include implementing a class agenda and acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration.  In addition, Danilack is the top of a pyramid of cadet commanders who make up the chain of command for the Corps of Cadets at West Point.

In addition to Danilack’s appointment, senior track members Alexandra Sutherland and Ian MacPherson were also tabbed for leadership roles. Sutherland was named the Brigade Supply Officer while Macpherson will be the Fourth Regiment Commander.

“First and foremost our entire program congratulates Lindsey on her appointment,” said Army track and field head coach Troy Engle. “We are confident that the Corps is in great hands. She is our captain-elect so her leadership ability is well known to our program. Our program goals are simple: to be outstanding cadets, top students and competitive Division I athletes - no one embodies those lofty ideals better than she does.

“To add to our excitement, three additional members of the army track family were put into leadership roles. In addition to Ian and Allie, long-time manager Teddy Kostich will be the Brigade Personnel Officer. I am very proud of all them; it really is amazing and speaks volumes of their commitment to the Academy and the Corps.”

Danilack competes in the pentathlon and heptathlon and runs the hurdles. Sutherland is a middle-distance runner who also competes on the cross country team. Macpherson also runs in middle-distance events.

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