The Brooklyn Heights student, who attends Packer Collegiate Institute, started cross-country running when he was a junior. It was something that clicked instantly after he ran track in the 9th grade.
“I found that I could be a pretty good runner,” he said. “From there it has been incredible - the ride I’ve been on.”
In the last year, Owens managed to knock his running time down by 40 seconds – a success for long-distance runners where time is crucial and 9 seconds can make a difference between winning a race one year and coming in second the next.
In November, Owens competed in the Footlocker Northeast Regional cross-country race where he came in sixth. The position led him to the 32nd Annual Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships.
The races happen every year and are held in various regions of the U.S to gather the top cross-country runners for the championships, held in San Diego.
Owens competed in the championships this past Saturday and came in eighth.
“It was a lot of fun and a really interesting race,” he said. “I pushed harder than I’ve ever pushed before.”
Although he felt he could have ran smarter, he is glad to have made it to a national championship considering that he is new to the scene.
Not only a top runner, Owens is also a top student. His parents can be proud that he has secured a spot in Princeton next fall. The senior plans to study Engineering, although he’s not sure what type. And despite the demands of the major, he is set on continuing to run by joining Princeton’s cross country team.
Running is an easy sport to spot improvement – something that keeps him going.
“That consistent improvement, bettering your level of competition from team level to best in league, to best in city, best in state and now one of the best in the country - that motivates me.”