A successful course

Q & A : Anthony Rowe, Calvert Hall, Cross Country

October 31, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,SUN REPORTER

The Calvert Hall cross country team has been ranked No. 1 all season, and Anthony Rowe is a big reason.

The senior and captain has paced the Cardinals to a 7-0 record in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference as the No. 1 or 2 runner and has the team primed for a successful run in the conference championships at Oregon Ridge next Wednesday.

Rowe played soccer his first two years of high school but switched to cross country after realizing he had a passion for running. His record for three miles is 15 minutes, 56 seconds, and for the 5K, it's 16:46.

Rowe is also a member of the track and field team, competing in the mile and sometimes the two-mile and 800 meters. He has a 4.0 grade point average and scored 1,860 on the SAT.

What do you like most about running?

Just the fact that you train each day and you try to be better than you were the last time you ran.

What's your favorite part about running cross country?

My favorite part would probably be when there's a mile left in the race and there are a couple guys around you and you're really hurting and you just give it everything you have.

What's your biggest strength in the sport?

Probably my training. I just think that my training prepares me for the races and the pain you're going to experience. If you just got into a race without doing any real hard training and you got to a point when you're hurting, you're like, `This is new ground for me,' but after you train at a high level, you can say, `Oh, I've been here before,' and you can just push through it.

What type of training do you do to be effective?

The best thing to do is listen to your coach, just give it everything you have and take your recovery days seriously. If you always push it, you're not going to be able to run fast when you really need to in key workouts or races.

What goals do you have for the team this year?

We have our two biggest meets of the year, our conference championships and the state championships coming up, and our goal is obviously to win. We're going to try to get as many people as we can in the top 10. Last year, we had a good amount of success. We got second in the conference meet by one point and at the private school championships, we won. I think overall as a team this year, if we raced last year's team we'd blow them out of the water.

What about personal goals?

I would like to win the conference and the state championships, but it's going to be hard. I got fourth in both of them last year. I would like to improve on my finish from last year.

Will you run cross country in college?

Yeah, I'll run cross country and track. It will probably be at American University. I spent the night there and I really liked the atmosphere there. I liked the coach, and I liked the guys on the team.

What do you like to do other than cross country?

Cycling. I live right in the country pretty much, so I just go for long rides on the weekends.

What do you like about it?

I like it because you can do it for a really long time and not get as tired as running, so it's less stressful than running. My friend from the Czech Republic got me into it, and I've liked it ever since he took me on a ride.

What other school activities are you in besides cross country and track?

Me and most of the guys on the team are all in the Avant-Garde club. We pretty much just turned it into the cross country club, and we go places on weekends. We're supposed to be learning about the culture of Baltimore. We go to places, but we usually just mess around and hang out when we're there.

Where have you guys gone?

We've gone to the Renaissance Festival, Medieval Times, and we're about to go to a corn maze soon. We just got denied [a request to go to] Field of Screams. Oh, and we've gone to the Maryland Club.

What do you listen to before a race?

To tell you the truth, I never listened to my iPod or a CD player before a race. Before the race when we're lying down and relaxing, I just think that I'm going to go out and give everything I have. When I'm really hurting, I'm just going to fight through it because the reward at the end is worth how much pain you're going to feel during the race.

What do you like to eat before the race?

Usually the day of, I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a Clif Bar for lunch and breakfast. The night before, usually it's some form of spaghetti, but it can be anything. Anything my mom makes.

What's the best advice you ever received?

Coach [Jim] McCoach, who passed away last summer, told me that every time you run you should go out and try to be better than you were the last time and the worst thing in life is wasted potential.

How did his death affect you and some of your teammates?

We were definitely sad. He was a really nice guy and a legendary coach. We were looking forward to running for him. I just think in big races, we talk about how we want to go out and make Coach proud.

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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