Event: 1,500m, mile
PR: 3:37.73 (2004) 3:58.91i (2005)
Born: January 27, 1981
Current Residence: Missoula, Montana
High School: Poplar (Mont.) HS 81
College: Montana 04
Coach: Tom Rauing
Agent: Bob Wood
Club: New Balance
Career Highlights: 2005 USA Indoor 1,500m champion
A former All-American at the University of Montana, McGowan won his first major title at the 2005 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, where he won the 1,500m in 3:44.06 over past national champions Rob Myers and Charlie Gruber. McGowan, the first Montanan to run a sub-4:00 mile (3:58.91, at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on January 29, 2005) at the same Reggie Lewis Center track where the nationals were held, but a month earlier) is a native of Poplar, Montana, and continues to live and train in Missoula. McGowan, whose father was a high school basketball coach and his older brother was a basketball starter for Gonzaga, was initially drawn to hoops, but eventually gave it up. "I'm the only one in my family who can't shoot a basketball," McGowan said. "I was tall enough and athletic enough to play the game, but I couldn't shoot to save my life. In taking up running in high school, McGowan ran the mile in 4 minutes, 12.88 seconds as a senior at Poplar in 1999, the fastest clocking up to that time by a Montana prep runner. That spring he broke the state Class B record in the 1,600, a mark that the legendary Doug Brown of Red Lodge had held for 37 years. As a senior at the University of Montana, McGowan ran a 3:46.34 at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, which was less than two seconds off the winning time, to finish seventh in the 1,500 meters and earn his fourth career All-America honor. McGowan, who won 2004 Big Sky Conference titles in the indoor mile and outdoor 800 meters and 1,500 meters, also earned an invitation to the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif. competing against 30 of the nation's top middle-distance runners, McGowan was one of just 12 to advance to the finals. Just days before the Trials, McGowan ran a career-best 3:37.43 1,500 meters.
Did not compete.
2005: USA Indoor 1,500m champion (3:44.06)4th at USA Outdoor Champs (3:42.59)runner-up at Bloomington (3:37.99)ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FNbests of 3:37.99 & 3:38.91.
2004: 12th at Olympic Trials (3:49.50))7th at NCAA Outdoors (3:46.34)Big Sky 1,500m champion1st at Eagle Rock (3:37.73)best of 3:37.73.
2002: 10th at NCAA Outdoorsrunner-up at Big Sky Champsbest of 3:42.25.