Fall Sports: Player ProfileEdit
CLJ Jones High School Fall Sports: Player Profiles
Name: Matt “Dubba Bubba” Bowens
Sport: Boys’ Cross Country
Weight: 158 lbs
Big Blue was a perennial Big Boo in Cross Country until Matt “Dubba Bubba” Bowens emerged last season, leading CL-double-J to a solid Not Last finish at the Baldwin County Regionals. He returns this year as team captain and looks to improve upon his surprising sophomore run. Matt took a break from practice to answer some questions.
Tell us how your summer training went?
Pretty good. Coach Maliska told me to stay away from The Butter Stick, and I did. Though I can’t say I don’t miss those snickerdoodle cookies each and everyday…
Best times in a 5K race?
19:37, which is also the year my grandpap was born. This year, I’d like to get that time down to Civil War-range.
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
It’d be nice to lead Big Blue to a 5th place finish in the division. But I really think potential’s there for 4th, or maybe even 3rd. Ducky Beason graduating hurts, sure, but the Harker Twins spent the entire summer running up in Mobile and Sam Clift’s all healed up from last year, so we’ve got a shot at it.
What is your favorite course to run in your state?
The Swamp Womp [Invitational] over in Rochon. That’s some real Alabama off-road running there. It can get pretty dirty but that’s part of the fun!
How long have you been running and how did you get started?
I didn’t really run much ‘til freshman year. Mama said I needed to lose my “big ol’ jello bowl,” so I signed up for the team. Haven’t looked back since.
Favorite cross country memory?
When I lapped my older brother Bubba last year. Everyone called me Dubba Bubba ‘cause I was twice his size. Now it’s ‘cause I’m twice as fast.
Favorite quote?Everyone always quotes Steve “Pre” Fontaine: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” But I’m a bit partial to Wendy Liebman: “I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.”