BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - When Zach Applegate toes the line, there's always a target finishing time.
Except it's a little different when that time is your own school record from last season of 15 minutes 32 seconds for 3.1 miles. It's a time the senior wants to break this fall.
"Running is more of a mental sport," Applegate said. "Most people says it's about 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical meaning your body can do what you tell it to do. If you give up, that's your mind talking."
Applegate finished second at the Northern Lakes League championship meet last year and he's also a two-time state qualifier.
:"You definitely have to turn it into a lifestyle," Applegate said. "Now the lifting and the eating and stuff like that, I think that that stuff is more next level. If you're ready for it and you want to be committed to it, then I say go for it."
Bowling Green head coach Pat Carney has his own running experience that he brings to his role with the Bobcats as he competed in college for Bowling Green State University.
"We talk to all the kids that we only get them for a couple hours a day, two hours out here," Carney said. "I often believe two hours a day in any sport - especially in this one - is probably not enough to get to the level that he's at and you need talent. He's got talent but more importantly you need to be willing to do the things that a lot of people consider optional or extra."
Applegate opened the season with two wins with the first coming at the Norm Bray Invitational in Fremont and later he crossed the line first at the Mel Brodt Invitational at BGSU.