LA CROSSE, Wis. - Bowdoin men's outdoor track athletes Coby Horowitz (Stow, Mass.) and Jacob Ellis (Brattleboro, Vt.) rounded out a fantastic weekend by the Polar Bears by both claiming All-American honors during the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Sunday in Wisconsin.
Horowitz, a junior, added to his impressive resume with a pair of top-eight finishes in the 1500 meters and 5K races, making him a three-season All-American this year after earning the prestigious status in both cross-country and indoor track. Ellis, a first-year, capped his sensational rookie campaign with a fifth-place showing in the 800 meters.
Combined with All-American performances by both Erin Silva (women's pole vault) and Katherine Harmon (women's hammer throw), all four Bowdoin qualifiers for the NCAA Championship will be returning home with hardware in the school's most successful performance at outdoor nationals in over two decades.
Horowitz entered the 1500 meters seeded fifth and improved his position one spot by claiming fourth-place overall in a time of 3:49.19, three seconds off the winning pace. Just a short time later, he returned for the grueling 5K race and, despite entering the event seeded 17th, posted an eighth-place showing in 14:34.09 to take his second All-American finish of the afternoon. Horowitz has earned All-American honors in each of the last six seasons and is the first Bowdoin track athlete in the Coach Peter Slovenski-era to earn All-American in two different events at the same NCAA Championship.
Ellis equally rose to the occasion after entering the championships with the 11th-best time in the nation. His time of 1:51.68 was good enough for fifth-place, an All-American honor, and was less than two seconds off the winning time. Ellis is the first Bowdoin first-year to net All-American recognition since Delia Van Loenen in the heptathlon in 1998. His preliminary qualifying time of 1:51.50 was the second-fastest time in school history.
With the combined scores of Ellis and Horowitz, the Bowdoin men finished 22nd overall. The Polar Bear women finished 61st.