Cousins Seeks Two More Cooper Records

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THE WOODLANDS

Everyone will be running to win when teams and individuals hit the track April 17 for the annual Nick Finnegan Invitational track meet hosted by Houston St. John’s. But for one particular senior from The Woodlands John Cooper, he will be looking to continue his record-breaking season.</p> <p>Tim Cousins will attempt to break the only two Cooper track records that he does not currently hold. The Dragons senior is looking to capture the 800-meter record and help the 4×400-meter relay team finish faster than any other JCS squad.</p> <p>He recently competed in the 83rd Annual Texas Relays, in Austin, where he finished fourth in the 3200-meter run, with a time of 9:05.48, shattering his own school record by 23 seconds.</p> <img src="images_stories/jcs_cousins_track_10.jpg" class="photoleft"> <p>“I didn’t even expect that,” Cousins said. “I thought I could go faster, but I was shooting for 9:12.”</p> <p>Head track coach Scott Holland said the running conditions were stacked in his favor on that day.</p> <p>“It was perfect weather,” Holland said. “There was no wind and the temperature was just right.”</p> <p>Cousins’ 3200M time ranks him as the fourth fastest runner in the Lone Star State this year and it is 11th fastest in the nation. It is also the 24th fastest time in Texas history.</p> <p>He also recently broke his own school record in the 1600-meter run at the Klein ISD meet on March 27, with a time of 4:15.7, winning the race and ranking him at 19th in the nation.</p> <p>The Cooper senior runs a total of 60 miles a week, year-round, to maintain his strength, endurance and record-breaking possibilities.</p> <p>In cross country, Cousins holds the 5K record, which he set during his junior year at Cooper. He was injured for much of 2009 season, but still secured fourth place at Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) competition last fall.</p> <p>In SPC track competition, Cousins holds the leading times in the 3200M, the 1600M and the 800M. When he heads to his final SPC competition, Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, he is shooting to at least finish in the top two in all races, and hopes to have already secured that sweep of school records at the Nick Finnegan Relays.</p> <p>Cousins has signed to run at Columbia University, in New York, while studying engineering this fall.</p> <p>When he leaves Cooper, he will not only have left an impression on the track and cross country record books, but also in the school’s art and academic realms. Cousins is an award-winning AP sculpture student whose work was on display as part of the recognized student art at The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (WWAF) this year, and his sculpture was awarded first place honors by WWAF in 2009. A piece of his AP drawing portfolio, titled, “30 Days Written and Erased, an Alzheimer’s Diary” was honored with a gold award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest at the regional level and won one of six national gold medals awarded in the state of Texas.</p> <p>Academically, Cousins is a high honor roll student and is a member of the Cooper chapter of the Cum Laude Society. He is also treasurer of the Interact Club and the Math Club.</p>