Despite competing for Hall of Fame Coach Mike Haggerty’s track team for only one year, Carmen Bova set standards that remained unmatched at Lowell High School for 50 years. An outstanding middle distance runner, Carmen set a National High School Record in the 1,000-yard run (his time remained a Lowell High School record until 1987) and a State High School Record in the 880-yard run. Carmen regularly dominated the high school track middle distance events in New England, including a victory in the 880 at the prestigious Dartmouth Invitational.
At Seton Hall Prep, Carmen continued his notable achievements, becoming National High School Champion in both cross country and the mile (setting a national record in the latter at Madison Square Garden). Carmen earned All-American honors in both cross country and track. Carmen also was Captain of a 4×880 relay team that set a World Record at the Penn Relays.
Carmen attended Seton Hall University where he set a National Collegiate Freshman Record in the mile.
Carmen transferred to the University of Southern California, where he finished his career as a Varsity letter Winner for U.S.C.’s NCAA Championship Track Team.
Carmen coached Track and Field at Stanford University and Glendale Jr. College in California. Among his athletes was eventual Olympic Pole Vault Gold Medalist winner, Bob Seagren.
Graduation/Class Year: 1937
LHS Sports Played: Track and/or Cross Country
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College: Seton Hall University, University of S. California
Coach-Other Organization: Track and Field at Stanford University and Glendale Jr. College in California.
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