Gatorade announced today that Mansfield High's Peter McGowan was named the Gatorade Massachusetts boys cross country runner of the year.
McGowan, if you recall, was the Globe's Division 1 All-Scholastic runner of the year. And he is most deserving.
I'll quote from our All-Scholastic package:
The top runner in the state this season, McGowan's 16:05.4 finish at All-States earned him the top spot in Northfield and helped Mansfield clinch the Division 1 team title. His 16:02 finish clinched the Division 2 EMass title, and he was also second at the Bay State Invitational.
McGowan's coach gave her remarks on the award.
“McGowan is a picture-perfect example of what hard work and perseverance can do for you,” said Mansfield High Head Coach Julie Collins in the Gatorade release. “He’s had to overcome a lot of physical adversity and I’ve never seen anyone work as hard to keep himself in shape and ready to succeed as much as him.”
According to the Gatorade release, McGowan has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this upcoming fall. He's kept a 3.61 GPA in school while partaking in various extracurricular activities.
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