Interview With Milton’s Track Star Ben Bosworth
by Patryk Kresaj on Friday, May 17th, 2013
Since his initiation in Milton’s running program his freshman year, Ben Bosworth (I) has been an integral part of the school’s Cross Country and Track teams. Last year’s Track team MVP and this year’s Track and Cross Country captain, Bosworth has set Milton records in the 1500 meter and 3000 meter races and currently has the school’s second fastest 800 meter time. This spring Bosworth asserted his dominance by claiming the USATF National Youth Championship in 1500 meters.
What events do you run in a typical track meet?
Each meet is different. I run the 1500m, 800m, 3000m and a leg of the 4x400m relay, though I don’t do each race at each meet. Typically I’ll do one of them, and then take the 3000m as a workout or run a leg of the 400m. I like to pick one race at each meet and focus on that in order to get the best time as possible. At ISLs, I did the 1500m, 800m and 4×400 in order to score as many points as possible.
How did you get into track?
As a freshman, I planned on playing football and basketball, but after a career ending football injury, I realized I didn’t enjoy the sport, so I joined XC. I fell in love with the team and the sport. I loved the camaraderie of the team and learned to push myself to be better. I won most improved that year, and I trained through the winter and came to [the track team] ready to improve more.
Who do you aspire to be? What/who are your inspirations?
I always credit the guys that I ran with as an underclassman as great inspirations, and they definitely were.
Seeing guys like Henry Russell ( ‘11) and Andrew Beaudoin ( ‘11) put themselves out there, I was inspired to be as great as I can be. My dad’s been another huge inspiration. He has the utmost belief that I can accomplish all of my goals and pushes me when I need to be pushed. On top of that, he massages my legs, and that’s really helpful. Another source of inspiration I’ve had is the big dogs: guys like Matt Centrowitz, Galen Rupp and Nick Symmonds who are all Olympians in my distances. They weren’t born running; they all came across this sport at some point and worked hard for greatness. That’s what I want to do.
What goes through your mind as you run a race/event?
Going for records is something I’ve set my mind to, so I’ve pushed myself to stay on pace. I’ve remembered to stay strong. Each time I come through a lap, I remember to stay strong. Keep my eyes up, keep my form good and speed up a little. I’m getting stronger in that regard. It gets hard, especially about 3/4s through races when my legs start to pain, but I keep myself pushing for my goals.
It seems that running is important to your family.
Yes! I wrote about my dad before. And he’s why I joined this sport. He’s always been a runner, so he’s coached me and been a great training partner. He gets a lot of credit for my success. My sister runs XC here and is fun to have on the team.
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