Track and field can be viewed as an individual sport, but every now and then it can also be viewed as a team sport.
At this season’s Berkshire League championship meet, Litchfield’s Tyler Mowrey gave up a chance to win the 200 meter dash so he could be rested for both the 4 X 400 and more importantly the 4 X 100 relay, that hadn’t qualified for the Class S state meet yet and give the Cowboys a better chance at winning the league title.
Two of three goals were met as the Cowboys swept both relays and even broke the league record in the 4 X 400 that stood for 37 years and held by a school, Brookfield, that is not even in the Berkshire League anymore.
“When (Brandon Hookstadt), first-year on track team, came around and his split was a 0.52 or 0.53, then we had myself, Jack (Donovan), Spencer (Persechino), we’re all faster,” Mowrey said. “I looked at my (sprinting) coach (Dave Constant) and he looked at me and knew we could do it.”
Right before Persechino took off for the third leg of the relay, another coach Andy Parker yelled out that Mowrey needed to run a 0.50 in the final leg for them to break the record.
“I got it in my head and I knew I had to do it,” he said.
He did do it and he did it for himself, the relay team and the Litchfield team as a whole.
“We are a really talented team, literally a family, we are extremely close, we are always with each other,” Mowrey said.
Breaking records and winning league titles almost didn’t happen, when Mowrey was in middle school he played lacrosse.
“I fell in love with lacrosse in middle school, I focused on it a lot,” said Mowrey, but then he found track. “I started to shine, I wanted records, I wanted to win.”
He also got encouragement from others.
“Everyone told me that I would be good, if I continued with track,” he said. “I am glad I did it.”
Though he gave up lacrosse, he still continued to play soccer in the fall and instead of running indoor track, he decided to play basketball.
“Soccer is a lot of cardio, doing a lot of sprinting back and forth,” Mowrey said. “Basketball is more explosive, keeps me ready for the 100.”
The next step for Mowrey isn’t a college to continue his career, for now. He will attending Northwestern Community College and then hopes to transfer to a school where he will be able to continue running.
“I am going to do the junior Olympics this summer, try and join a league or club,” he said. “Keep in touch my coaches, and I am sure they will give me extra workouts to keep me in shape.”