Name: Will Fowler
School: Scarborough High School
What was your most memorable race?
My most memorable race would have to the Southwesterns my sophomore year because I was seeded seventh in the 3200. But I ended up running 10:12 which was a eighteen second PR and good for second place. I finished second behind my senior captain Robby Hall. Although if I had a couple extra meters the outcome might have been different.
Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
My biggest competition throughout high school would have to be my own teammates I love trying to chase down them down in races. But it's friendly because amongst my distance team it's positive energy.
What was your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment throughout high school was definitely being on 6 state champion teams. Plus winning a state title in the 4x800 my junior year during indoor track. That was one of the best feelings in the world being on top of the podium with my teammates.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
If I could go back to the start of freshman year when I hesitantly joined the cross country team I would change my dedication a lot quicker than I did. I should have been working towards improving my times, but it was more of just an activity for me at the time. But after running for four years running is the one of the biggest aspects of my life. I can not imagine my life without it.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle for me was overcoming the mental block for myself to allow myself to get to that next level which would allow me to run faster times and really challenge myself. I often shied away from big opportunities because I was afraid of failure. I was stuck in a rut my junior year after a very successful sophomore year. I often contemplated quitting because I was so discouraged of the times I was putting up.
What will you miss the most?
I will definitely miss the Maine running community. From my freshman year I have felt welcome on my team and have met some friendly competition. I will miss sharing jokes about the 800. I have reached out to a lot of different people and made some lifelong friends along the way.
What advice you would give to younger athletes?
I would tell younger athletes to take care of your body after races and always remember that a foam roller is your friend. Also running is the best way to get in overall shape. It's never to late to start and never set limits on yourself. Running is 95% mental once you get over that barrier the sky is the limit.
What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?
My coaches have had one of the biggest influences on my life because they have told me to never set limits on myself. They have respected many of my performances especially when I would set one of my personal records. Many of which came sophomore year which the distance year. For the next two years I would make the transition to mid-distance as I would primarily run the 400-600-800. This was a smart move as I am much happier with that than the dreaded two mile.
What are your college plans?
My college plans are to attend the University of Southern Maine and take the fall from off from racing but continue to train over the summer and continue to strengthen myself as a runner.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
I would like to say thank you to my parents for putting up with my constant complaining after meets about being sore and listening to all the random times I have thrown at them throughout the past 4 years. I wanna my my coaches for a great twelve seasons of running. You taught me a new appreciation for the sport I never thought twice about joining. I wanna give the biggest thank you to my distance teammates for the past four Jacob Bloom, Jacob Terry,Colin Jones, Maxim Doiron,Lucas Forester, Connor Doherty, Colin Tardiff, Andrew Sholl. It has been a good ride boys I will never forget any of the memories we created and jokes we shared.
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