December 11, 2013

McGowan Elected Captain for 2014 Season

Junior Recognized for Leadership and Consistency

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's cross country team named junior John McGowan its team captain for the 2014 season after an election held at its annual team banquet on Dec. 9. McGowan, a Davenport Global Affairs major from Washington, D.C., has been one of the Bulldogs' most consistently impressive runners during the past three seasons, and his teammates recognized his leadership at the team banquet.

"I am truly honored to be elected captain," McGowan said. "I have the utmost respect for the guys on the team, and I can't wait to be able to help lead them to a successful season next fall."

McGowan put together a particularly strong season in 2013, placing in the team's top three at every race in which he competed and setting an 8K personal record on two separate occasions—most notably at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, where he finished 24th overall with a time of 24:26.4. He then followed up that Heps performance with an impressive second-place team finish (and 35th-place overall finish) at the Division I NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.

Head Men's Cross Country Coach Paul Harkins was more than pleased with his team's captain selection.

"I cannot be happier for John McGowan," said Head Men's Cross Country Coach Paul Harkins. "He will make an excellent captain, as his drive and competitiveness will rub off on his teammates. He has worked very hard and will do anything it takes to help the team. His consistency this fall was impressive, and I am excited to work with him next year."

While McGowan believes the team "did a good job of improving across the board" this past season, he believes there remains plenty of room to grow in 2014.

"Moving into next season, we'll return seven of our top eight runners, so our goals will only get more ambitious," McGowan said. "We'll look to continue improving and to compete with the best teams in the NCAA. Though we had a number of solid performances this year and improved our standing within the Ivy League, we're certainly not done yet."

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity

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