As part of the lead up to the 107th NYRR Millrose Games, ArmoryTrack.com will be highlighting a number of student-athletes who have qualified for the New Balance High School Mile. The New Balance High School Mile has long been a staple at the NYRR Millrose Games, with past winners including sub-four minute miler Kyle Merber and 2013 IAAF World Championships qualifier Cory Mcgee. Today's spotlight is on New York's Tim McGowan.
Fastest Mile - 4:17 (4xMile split at New Balance Nationals Indoor)
ArmoryTrack.com: What's your greatest running achievement?
Tim McGowan: Getting to qualify for NXN [Nike Cross Nationals] was amazing. I was really proud that my teammates were able to pull off a great race and making what could have been my last cross country race something great.
ArmoryTrack.com: Best piece of advice someone's ever given you?
Tim McGowan: My old captain Tim Odin and my coach told me to never sell myself short or limit myself.
ArmoryTrack.com: What are three keys to your running success?
Tim McGowan: Trust my coach, be confident but never cocky, and little things matter when training.
ArmoryTrack.com: Do you have any pre-race traditions/superstitions?
Tim McGowan: I'm not sure if it's the Irish in me, but I'm a very superstitious person. one that comes to mind is that my best friend texts me good luck before every race and if I don't get the text before I warm up I begin to panic.
ArmoryTrack.com: Who is your favorite athlete?
Tim McGowan: Galen Rupp
ArmoryTrack.com: Favorite Pre-Race Meal?
Tim McGowan: My pre-race meals usually revolve around peanut butter.
ArmoryTrack.com: If you could go on a run with anyone, past or present, who would it be with?
Tim McGowan: I would run with my assistant coach Bob Burklee. He is always full of thought provoking stories about track.
ArmoryTrack.com: What are your favorite hobbies?
Tim McGowan: Playing and listening to music, frisbee and running.
ArmoryTrack.com: Favorite song?
Tim McGowan: In Too Deep by Sum 41 always got me psyched
ArmoryTrack.com: What is your favorite place to run?
Tim McGowan: Bellerose bike trails
ArmoryTrack.com: If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Tim McGowan: A dog, they've got it made.
ArmoryTrack.com: Favorite Movie?
Tim McGowan: The Boondock Saints or Fight Club
ArmoryTrack.com: Favorite TV show?
Tim McGowan: How I Met Your Mother or The Walking Dead
ArmoryTrack.com: What are you most looking forward to about the NYRR Millrose Games?
Tim McGowan: Mostly being at the meet and watching all the professionals run. Being in that environment is an honor.
Watch a video interview with Tim from after the NYRR Millrose Games Trials below!