Bowring Commits to Dream School


Tommy Damon, Staff Writer

Kazuma Bowring is fast. That’s as simple as it can be put. Since his freshman year, everyone knew that Bowring was special. After a career with multiple Cross Country State Finals appearances along with two conference championships and aa regional championship, the star senior placed 14th at the Michigan state meet last November He helped lead the Mavericks to a 7th place team finish at States and “Kaz” as he is known by teammates was recognized as an all-stater.

“It felt great to end the season strong with my team, as we placed 7th all together,” Bowring said. “Really was looking for a better performance from myself, but not everybody can have a perfect race all the time. Just saw it as a great way to end my career here at Milford.”

Bowring has worked tirelessly to perfect his craft and be the best runner he can be. Whether day or night, rain or shine, Bowring always had the itch to get better and is always running either with his teammates or by himself. Bowring used these four years to grow and learn from one of, if not THE best cross country coach in the state, Coach Brian Salyers. “I have seen myself become stronger while running under Coach Sal over the past four years,” Bowring said. “There have been many different areas of improvement within my running since joining Milford Cross Country.”

Bowring has been at the top of the Milford Cross Country team for the last four years; reminiscing, he also spoke about his favorite moment at Milford: “My most memorable moment at Milford was finally winning the Regional, and a mitten with my team. We’ve been together since middle school, and it was just a great feeling to make the journey with them.”  As one of the greatest runners in Milford history, over Bowring’s career he cut his personal record from freshman year (16:37.8) down to a (15:44.4) at his top race in a Milford uniform. This is a big 53-second difference that took hours of  hard work and dedication to his craft.

His extraordinary accomplishments also meant heavy interest from college recruiters. Bowring was talking to schools such as Michigan State, Grand Valley State University and Minnesota. After his visits and all the conversations with the coaches, Bowring had come to a decision. “Each school showed very similar interest, but I felt that Marshall was an at-home feeling, as the size wasn’t as large as the other schools,” Bowring explained. He will join 2019 Milford graduate Evan White on the cross country team at Marshall, and he believes it will help him tremendously when he officially sets foot on campus. “I’m looking forward to just continuing my success with a new program. Seeing what Evan White has done at Marshall so far, I can’t wait to join him.”

Bowring’s friends recognize his talent, but note it is his drive that makes him special.  “There are no secrets to success,” Senior Ben Morgridge said. “It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Kazuma Bowring is the epitome of that and earns everything he has been given.”

Bowring has had a terrific and Hall of Fame worthy career at Milford High School, and he is more than ready for the challenges ahead at Marshall University