Scholar Athlete: Sam Bowie
He laces it up 6 days a week and 46 weeks a year. For LaGrange High’s Sam Bowie, running is life.
"Sometimes it does cross your mind. Why am I running? It’s so much time out of the day," he said. "But then you may go a day without running and you kind of miss it."
It all started back when he was just a little boy, taking part in street races and 5K’s. What started as an extracurricular activity though became much more.
"I thought this was something I may enjoy. I was too small for football but I was pretty fast, fast enough for sprinting, so I found enjoyment in it."
He now leads the Granger cross country team and is currently the 5A region individual defending champion. His goal this year is to defend that title and to also place at the state meet. A leader on the track who continues to set an example.
"They definitely see his focus and determination and they’re very inquisitive about Sam’s workout schedule, his prior experiences, his race experiences, and they really look up to him a lot," said head coach Katie Westbrook.
And that leadership and success roll over to the classroom as Sam maintains a 3.9 GPA. He’s part of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society and the Service Club among others. He’s a standout student athlete who plans on continuing that trend post-high school.
"It’s just a decision I feel led towards, to go ahead and join the team and hopefully pursue that."
Sam is hoping to attend Georgia Tech and run track, also studying material science engineering and business.