EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

October 15, 2012

Giving the Eagles wings

Maybe St. John’s Prep cross country coach John Boyle felt like Forrest Gump prior to the season.

Because, like with a box of chocolates, Boyle wasn’t sure what he’d get with the Eagles this fall.

The Prep only graduated one scorer from last year’s squad, but that was standout Jake Smith, who is now running at Assumption College. And last year’s team was only average by Prep standards, finishing second in the Catholic Conference and eighth in EMass Division 1.

Boyle also wasn’t sure who would be his No. 1 runner or how much to expect from junior Liam Dow of West Newbury. Dow had shown promise two years ago as a freshman but he had missed much of last fall with a complicated hamstring injury.

“It was hard to tell how effective he’d be,” said Boyle, who has been with the St. John’s program for more than 30 years including four as head man. “The injury was tough on him last year, but he did run a 10:02 in the 2-mile last spring.”

Even Dow wasn’t sure about his effectiveness.

“I was hoping to be in our top three, but I didn’t know how well I’d do,” said Dow. “I hadn’t run 5Ks before. I thought it’d take me awhile.”

In fact, Dow has been one of the surprises of the season and a major reason why the Prep could be a factor in the Eastern Mass. Division 1 meet.

Dow debuted by placing first in the Prep’s opening dual meet with a 5K time of 17:15, he won his second dual meet as well and then, at the highly competitive Ocean State Invitational, he ran a surprising 16:35 (for 5K) to finish fifth.

“That was a huge surprise and a big breakthrough for me,” said Dow, who started running as a seventh grader at Pentucket Middle School. “I was just hoping to break 17 minutes. I actually spent the first mile and a half leading the race ... I didn’t know what I was doing, but it worked out.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Tiger Woods: 1 on 1 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season
Boston Sports
Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Pedroia on Lester: ‘It would be tough to see him in another uniform’ Farrell announces Workman will start in place of Lester Gasper vs Tanguay: Is Lester to blame for current situation? Mike Carp speaks out on wanting to leave the Red Sox Shaughnessy: Sox fans deserve to be mad if Sox trade Lester Ty Law: Revis may get Pats ‘over hump’ Ortiz fires back at Tampa Bay Ray’s Chris Archer Curran Camp Observations: Pats Veteran Defensive players excited to be back together 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp