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MSU announces Fowler as new cross country head coach

On July 1, Sarah Fowler will begin her new role as the head coach of the Minot State cross country program.

Prior to accepting this new position, Fowler was a volunteer coach at the University of Nebraska from 2017-19. She helped train the middle distance and distance runners and also assisted with recruiting.

Additionally, Fowler was a part of the coaching staff that helped the Huskers win the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship. In cross country, Fowler helped coach two men’s national qualifiers. Both the Nebraska men’s and women’s cross country teams improved their finishes at the Big Ten Conference meets in her two seasons in Lincoln.

Fowler graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 2017 with a degree in exercise science and psychology. As a student-athlete, she was named an Academic All-American at Wesleyan and earned her master’s in 2019 in psychology from Capella University. Among her athletic accomplishments, Fowler was a nine-time national qualifier, a six-time All-American and Academic All-American Team member.

Fowler also is an eight-time individual North Coast Athletic Conference Champion, a six-time NCAC Team Champion, was named NCAC Cross Country Runner of the Year twice and the 2017 NCAC Outdoor Distance Runner of the Year. She expressed her enthusiasm in accepting the new coaching opportunity.

“Joining the staff at Minot State is a dream come true,” she stated. “I am thrilled about this new opportunity and cannot wait to get started. Mark has done such an incredible job laying the groundwork for this program over the past few years. I’m excited to join him and continue to take this program to the next level and see how far we can really go.”

Meanwhile, MSU director of track and field and cross country Mark Del Monaco spoke about the addition of coach Fowler to the staff.

“I am really excited about having Sarah join our coaching staff for next year. We had a very talented applicant pool but Sarah stood out as someone I have full confidence in helping lead our cross country program. She comes highly recommended by some of the best coaches both collegiately and post collegiately.”

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