In just his first year with the Dukes Cross Country program, freshman Josh Loew has made his mark on the Cumberland record books. With his eighth place finish at the the 2016 NJCAA National Championship Meet, Loew became the first Dukes runner to earn NJCAA All-American honors. During 2016, Loew also earned second team All-Conference honors in the Garden State Athletic Conference and turned in the fifth fastest time in program history during a meet earlier this season.
But it might be Loew's selfless attitude and contributions off the course that are most impressive. In addition to running cross country, the Cumberland Regional graduate was involved in reviving the Agriculture and Horticulture Club, serving as the club secretary. Loew is a member of CCC's Student Senate and serves as the state officer of New Jersey with the Future Farmers of America. As part of his role with the FFA, Loew is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Loew is currently soliciting sponsors for a trip that will take him to South Africa at the beginning of January with the National FFA Organization.
Josh was asked about juggling his busy schedule, he replied "Being a state officer and a cross country runner does get a little chaotic at times, but I am very passionate about both. Whether I am wearing my blue jacket for the FFA, volunteering at campus activities or wearing my cross country uniform, I always strive to do my best, and to inspire others to do great things."
Coach Dave Sheridan pointed out Loew's selflessness and leadership qualities. "He is a very hard worker and team oriented. He will do whatever it takes to help the team out and is an inspiration to other members of our team. Josh is the kind of kid you want on your team. I wish that I had ten Josh Loew's." - Head Coach Dave Sheridan.
When asked about his most memorable moment from the 2016 Cross Country Season, he answered quickly, giving praise to his teammate Ahmad Graves-El who ran injured in the Region 19 meet to help the Dukes qualify for Nationals. Smiling while thinking back to that meet, Loew commented "Definitely Ahmad's performance at the region meet. He sacrificed his own health for the team. Without his effort on that day, I would not have had the opportunity to earn All-American honors at the national meet. I had the same injury in high school, and missed three races. It was a really cool moment."
In only his first semester at Cumberland County College, Loew has already compiled a list admirable accomplishments on the course, in the classroom, and within his community. The future is bright for this Dukes student-athlete.