Thoughts for Thursday: Donnie Cowart

Donnie CowartDonnie Cowart is preparing to run at the USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon on June 23. Lucky for us, Donnie happens to be in town this week training with CF alum Macklin Chaffee ('05), who is also going to the Championships. Donnie volunteered to talk to the team Thursday morning.

Donnie was recently ranked as high as 8th in the world and 4th in the USA in his event, the 3,000m Steeplechase. He is from Virginia and attended the Virginia Military Institute. He is currently running professionally for Ragged Mountain Racing based in Charlottesville, VA.

Donnie discussed the progression of his career from a good high school runner, to an All-American collegiate runner to a nationally ranked Elite runner. He pinpointed a transition at each level, when he qualified to major events where he gained experience and perspective about his competition, but did not always win. He used the experience to better his training and return to the same events to achieve better results and victories.

The CFXC team wishes Donnie luck, as the Top 3 finishers at the US Championships will represent the USA at the World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea later this summer.

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Interview after his 5k PR - 13:54
http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/238137-Flotrack-Husky-Classic-2011/video/456952-Donald-Cowart-1354-5k-2011-Flotrack-Husky-Classic

Race Video of his 3k Steeplechase PR - 8:31

(Wearing all black with orange shoes, he's about mid track on the starting line and he's really short)
http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/238232-2011-Stanford-Payton-Jordan-Cardinal-Invitational/video/488101-M-3k-steeple-H01-Billy-Nelson-battles-Kyle-Alcorn-2011-Payton-Jordan

Collegiate Info
http://www.vmikeydets.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9800&ATCLID=1425049
http://www.vmikeydets.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9800&ATCLID=3657931

Post Collegiate Info

http://www.raggedmountainracing.org/athletes/donnie-cowart/