On a cross country team that just placed second in the NESCAC, a sophomore runner has shown that he is a step above the rest.
Less than 15 months after joining Bowdoin's team, Coby Horowitz '14 has once again proven he has what it takes to succeed.
Horowitz finished second at the men's NESCAC championship last Saturday at Amherst, the only Bowdoin runner to receive First Team All-Conference honors.
Horowitz won his second straight state title in a close race at Pineland Farms on October 15, edging out Bates' Tully Hannan by a mere six seconds. After running neck and neck with Hannan for the last two miles of the course, Horowitz passed him in the last 300 meters for the win. Following this big win, Horowitz was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week.
"That was a really good race," he said. "That was a big deal to me because we see them all the time and they're pretty much one of our bigger rivals. Bates is ranked ninth in the nation, so that was a big meet for us."
What he likes most about running, he said simply, is winning.
Running cross country runs in the Horowitz family. Horowitz first started running in sixth grade, following in the footsteps of his older sister, Lindsey Horowitz '12, who captains the women's cross country team. After visiting her at Bowdoin during his sophomore year of high school, Horowitz felt right at home.
"The big thing for me was the feel of the school and the coach," he said. "I visited other NESCAC schools and Bowdoin just stuck out. Out of all the coaches I met, Coach Slovenski was the best fit for me."
Horowitz applied early decision to Bowdoin after considering how comfortable he felt with the College's cross country team.
"It's a really good group of guys, and it makes it a lot easier than just going out and running by yourself," he said. "In high school you just do your own thing, but here, there's always someone that's as good as you on a certain day and you can run together."
Horowitz has leveraged the overall talent of the team to improve his performance, taking pointers from upperclassmen.
"One of the kids that graduated last year, Stan Berkow, he was a big role model for me," Horowitz said. "He owned me for a couple of meets so I kind of got on his training pattern and he helped me improve."
A two-sport athlete—he also runs track—Horowitz mainly worries about "balancing work, sleep and running."
"Sometimes you have to sacrifice one to do the other two," he said. "Other than that, running's always great."
On November 12, Horowitz will run on Bowdoin's home course for the third and last time this season in the NCAA regional championship.
"It's our home course; we have a good feel for it," Horowitz said. "It's really flat with no hills, so it might play to my strengths more. It'll be a good opportunity to go for the top."
Last year, Horowitz placed 69th in the regional meet, and with an additional year of college running now behind him, he said he is "not that worried" about the race.
Despite over 150 runners competing in the race, he said he is aiming for a top-five finish.