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Bowers medals at Michigan Meet of Champions

Cedar Springs senior Corey Bowers at the
Michigan Meet of Champions. Courtesy photo.

Senior Corey Bowers of the Cedar Springs Cross Country team laced up his spikes last Saturday for one last race of his high school career. He ran in the 2020 MITCA Michigan Meet of Champions on November 14, on the cross country course located in Freeland, Michigan.

 MITCA hosted this meet in order to give the best athletes from the state a chance to go head to head despite division.  Bowers’ lifetime personal best qualified him to run in the elite boys team race.  Earlier in the week, the five sponsors of the race held a virtual draft where each got to pick their teams consisting of 14 boys.  Ann Arbor Running Club picked up Bowers in an eighth-round pick. 

“Corey’s goal at this race was to channel all of the things he’s learned from his successes and failures over the past four years and just enjoy the race as an experienced veteran racer in the best shape of his life. No need to overthink this one. Most of the best runners in the state were there and he competed with the best of them. With the way things are going, we’re just grateful to have been able to attend one more race with our peers while we can. There was more focus on simply enjoying the experience than anything, and I think he reaped the benefits of that mindset,” said Coach Justin Jones.

Going into the race, Bowers was hoping to bounce back from a tough regional and an even tougher state meet.  He ended up running one of his best races finishing at 15:41 in the 15th spot and earning a medal in the very competitive race.  

“The kid admittedly had some tough luck at the state meet. A man’s character is not defined by one moment, one race, or one time—but by how you respond to failure and how you handle success. Get bitter or get better. He responded with arguably the best race of his career and was determined to bounce back,” said Coach Jones.  “In our program, we call these key experiences, and we make sure to never let them just pass us by. They’re defining moments that dynamically shape who you are as an athlete and as a man. When things get tough, he can look back on this and remember how to bounce back with a relentless drive and humility. I’m glad he got to finish his career on a major high note.”

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