Cousins Wraps Up Prep Career Under Nine

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Former The Woodlands John Cooper cross country and track star Tim Cousins wrapped up his prep career in dramatic fashion recently at the 6th Annual Midwest Distance Gala held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.</p> <p>A final surge at the finish line gave the former Dragon distance runner the victory and a national record for 2009-2010.</p> <p>“Tim’s winning time of 8:56.13 is the fastest time in the United States by a high school runner so far this season,” said Scott Holland, varsity track coach at The John Cooper School. “The meet had an extra timing camera set up to capture an official time at 3200m. Tim’s time of 8:53.26 for 3200m ranks him the fastest in Texas this season, sixth in the US, and is the fourth fastest 3200m in Texas history.”</p> <p>Cousins hung back with the pack until the last lap of the race, pulling away and finishing just ahead of his running partner, Ryan Dohner of Spring. Dohner had held a considerable lead the majority of the race.</p> <p>“I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to go out with the rabbit (the pacesetter),” said Cousins, who beat his 3200m personal best by 12 seconds, making him the 14th prep runner in Texas to break nine minutes. “I stayed back for the first six laps. I knew if I could get to 1000 meters left I could finish strong. The last lap I started to kick it and the last 200 meters, I thought, ‘this is my last lap in high school, I can win this.’”</p> <p>Cousins, Cooper’s 2010 Co-Male Athlete of the Year, heads to New York City in the Fall to run for Columbia University, leaving behind a record board of accomplishments at Cooper, the Southwest Preparatory Conference and the State of Texas.</p> <p>The Midwest Distance Gala is one of the premier track events in the country, bringing together many of the top high school distance runners from across the United States.</p>