Gowans overcomes early season setback
The Talkative - (October 9, 2012) - by Patrick Twiss
Coming into this season, cross country standout James Gowan’s was looking to build off his record breaking performances from last year.
Ranked as high as eighth in the state, Gowan’s suffered a setback in September when he was bothered by a chronic sore calf.
Coming into the season Gowans hoped to take a full minute off his personal best time last year. Ironically, Gowans spent most of the summer training; something he hadn’t done in previous summers. Even after the injury he is still fifteen seconds better than his best time last year.
Gowan’s said that he doesn’t feel like he is behind as much as he expected. “I feel like I just lost a little bit of leg speed. But my stamina is still right where it needs to be.”
Veteran coach Pat Ross was asked how the injury slowed Gowans down this year
“I believe that James will be able to come back and be just as strong as last year if not better.”
Ross added, “James is capable of at least another top ten performance this year in states.”
Gowans finished 8th last year at the state meet in Wappinger Falls.