Last year’s male athlete of the season, junior cross-country phenom Coby Horowitz, is in the midst of another remarkable season, that has established him as one of the best runners in Bowdoin history.  

Horowitz finished first at the Maine State Meet on October 13, the NESCAC Championship on October 27 and the New England D-III Cross Country Championship. 

Horowitz is the first Bowdoin runner in 12 years to win the NESCAC, a conference widely considered the second strongest in D-III. 

Head Coach Peter Slovenski, who has coached over 50 All-Americans during his 27-year tenure, places Coby atop all other Polar Bear cross-country runners. 

“Coby’s the best runner on the men’s side. We are very lucky he chose to run at Bowdoin,” said Slovenski.  

“Coby gets great places in the big meets,” he continued. “He knows how to prepare in the big meets. In the races, he makes such great moves and has such incredible courage in the final stretches.”

Nobody has witnessed the junior star’s race strategy and poise more closely than teammate Sam Seekins ’14, who finished a mere nine hundredths of a second behind Horowitz this past weekend.

“When he’s ready to go, he just goes ahead and makes the push,” said Seekins. “I don’t think Coby gets rattled.”

Seekins attributes his own success in part to training with Horowitz. 

“As a teammate, he pushes people so hard. I can’t see myself as training so hard or wanting to win as much without Coby,” he says. “His attitude is infectious.”

Marcus Schneider, the lone senior on the varsity seven, said: “The unique thing about Coby’s training is the way he can keep everything lighthearted and fun even during intense workouts or arduous training drills.”

Horowitz expects this season’s intense training sessions to pay off this weekend in the NCAA D-III Championships this Saturday. 

“A win would be nice,” he said. “Anywhere in the top five I’d be happy.” 

When asked about the field of competitors, he quietly took out his iPhone, scrolled through the notes application, and rattled off a number of favorites, emphasizing one in particular. 

“Tim Nelson from Wisconsin Stout. He won the 5K indoors at nationals and the 10K at both. Everyone has been picking him as the favorite since the first week. I’m going to be looking for him.”

On Wednesday, Horowitz was named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association Division III New England Athlete of the Year. But even this distinction does not take the target off Nelson’s back heading into the weekend.