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On the Run with Matt McGowan From mid May – mid July print RUNOHIO

on 23 May 2019.

According to the 2017-18 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National

Federation of State High School Associations, girl’s outdoor Track and Field for the tenth year in a row is the number one sport offering with high school girls with 488,592 participants.  Boy’s Track & Field finished second to football with 600,097 participants nationwide.  Nationwide both boys (16,990) and girls (16,951) track & field was the second most popular sport offered at the high school level only behind basketball in the number of schools which offer the sport.  According to the NFHS both boys and girl’s track & field is the most popular high sport in Ohio with 782 boy’s teams and 784 girl’s teams.  Also, track & field has the most participants with 27,426 boys and 23,963 girl’s participants.


With boy’s track and field being so popular I still don’t know how colleges and universities athletic departments have justified dropping men’s track and field programs.   If your alma mater dropped men’s track and field, I hope you will write them a letter asking them how they can justify this and maybe withhold any donations until men’s track and field is reinstituted.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships will be held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Track at Ohio State University on May 31st and June 1st.  


A few years ago I coached a boy’s 4x100 meter relay team which placed ninth in the State semi finals allowing the ninth place team to the finals for the first time.  The team went on to place eighth.  Two years later I coached a team which placed tenth in the 4x100 meter relay semi final (the top team not making the final).  With a high jumper defending his title and a hurdler both turning in life time bests and school records the team placed seventh.  All four members of the 4 x 100 meter team returned the next year and won the 4x100 meter relay title setting school records in their final six races to end the season undefeated.  The hurdler also finished second in both races with lifetime bests and school records and the team finished fourth.

If you attend the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships I hope you can stay in town and run the 42nd annual Columbus 10K on June 2nd, which is now known as the AEP Columbus 10K presented by RUNOHIO.  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1636-oldest-race-in-town

It amazes me to see the number of races now being held around Ohio. A number of communities have more than one race on the same weekend. A lot of the races are memorial runs and many of those runs are for individuals who were very active in the running community.  Two such races this summer are the Bob Lennon Memorial 5k/10K on July 28th - https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/LewisCenter/LennonLoop5K10K

and the Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K on August 11th - https://runsignup.com/jeffmcgowan5k

 If you are not able to run a race on a given weekend, contact the race director of a race in your hometown to see if they need any help.   I am sure most races can use a few extra good volunteers.

I am also helping with two summer 3km cross country races to be held Thursday evenings in July on the Bryn Du Mansion Great Lawn in Granville.  I hope you will be able to attend one or both events and enjoy the day in Granville - https://runsignup.com/jeffmcgowan5k

For the seventh year the Jeff McGowan Memorial Fund awarded scholarships.  This year’s winners were Circleville’s Max Bass and Bishop Watterson’s Dominic Giacomin .  A few of the recent past winners include:  Circleville - Bryce DeLong, Draven Bass, Jenna Liston and Alyson Leib, James Doty; Watterson - Shane Merklin, Samantha  Mikula, Max McClelland, Olivia Britt, Jessica Passwater and Hanna Merklin

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Good luck with your upcoming races. I hope to see you at a race or track meet.

Matt McGowan


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