Bow­ers: Al­covy’s fear­less leader

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be­cause my days are pretty much packed, in­clud­ing week­ends.”

Dur­ing the Al­covy Home Meet on Sept. 6, Bow­ers fin­ished third over­all with a time of 26:02. Be­fore that she broke the school record with a time of 22:58. Such a feat is ex­actly what she is look­ing for come re­gion­als this week­end.

“I was just in a re­ally good mood and was ready for it,” re­called Bow­ers. “My mind was set. If my mind isn’t set for some­thing, I’m not go­ing to do well on it, but I was just pumped up and ready for it.”

One thing that is nor­mally set is her rou­tine. Be­fore each com­pe­ti­tion, Bow­ers drinks eight bot­tles of wa­ter through­out the day prior to each race.

“This sport is men­tal; it’s more men­tal than phys­i­cal,” said Bow­ers. “So you re­ally have to get your mind set. I just think to my­self don’t worry about it — you’re go­ing to do fine. Don’t pace off of some­one else; just keep your own pace.”

Bow­ers cred­its Mur­phy for help­ing her along the way.

“He’s a coach and a friend,” noted Bow­ers. “He helps me with my foot be­cause it es­pe­cially hurts af­ter sprint work; my feet can’t take it.”

Bow­ers en­joys run­ning for sev­eral rea­sons, none higher than com­pet­ing against her­self and try­ing to progress each time out.

“The best thing about run­ning is get­ting bet­ter,” said Bow­ers. “I find it fun just watch­ing all the run­ners in front of me and just pass­ing them by. I tell my­self I’m not go­ing to let them beat me.

“It just feels good, too, in my legs,” added Bow­ers. “I have this fer­vor for it.”

Mur­phy is ex­cited about the idea of hav­ing Bow­ers for an­other two years so that he can help de­velop her ath­letic abil­i­ties even more.

“Hav­ing a leader as young as Re­gan will­ing to take charge and set the ex­am­ple is huge,” com­pli­mented Mur­phy. “She’s a great ex­am­ple to ev­ery­body on that team, and I can hon­estly say there has not been a day this sea­son when Re­gan has not given us her best.”

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