June 22, 2010
TOWSON, Md. - Senior Chris Gowell became the program's first member named to the Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-America Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Earning a third-team selection, the academic all-district and all-conference honoree, is the eighth overall member of the BU track and field and cross country program to earn Academic All-America with the previous seven coming from the women's team.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing, and be nominated by his/her athletic administration.
Gowell, a graduate student in his senior year of eligibility, is a health education major from Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom. Earning academic all-Big 12 honors earlier this year, Gowell is being honored by CoSIDA for the first time in his career. He was also named to the Big 12 Commissioner's honor roll and Baylor dean's list. On the track, Gowell earned his third All-America honor at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a seventh-place finish in the 800 meters.
During the indoor season, Gowell led the men's distance medley relay team to a Big 12 championship and a school record in the event, while also placing second in the Big 12 in the 1,000 meters and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 800 before being sidelined with an injury. Outdoors, Gowell has regained his form, earning a runner-up finish in the Big 12 800 meters, as well as a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Championships after placing seventh in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.
Gowell will finish his career as the school record holder in two events. Earlier this season, he broke the indoor 1,000-meter record by two seconds with a time of 2:22.38, then helped BU's indoor distance medley relay team to a nearly nine-second school record with a time of 9:34.90.