Fox Chapel's Bove signs with Duquesne
Fox Chapel senior Michael Bove has signed with the Duquesne University men's track team and is expected to contribute right away next season.
Duquesne coach Jim Lear said Bove will be a “big help” in replacing two middle-distance runners who are graduating.
“Michael will most probably be ready to step right into our (3,200-meter) relay and should contend to be our first- or second-best 800 runner,” he said.
Bove, 18, of O'Hara was the WPIAL Class AAA runner-up in the boys 800 in 2015 and expects to be among favorites at the WPIAL individual championship meet May 19 at Baldwin.
He placed third of 65 competitors in the 800 in 1:53.94 at the Baldwin Invitational May 6.
Bove said Duquesne was an easy choice.
“The coach is nice, (and) it's a wonderful school,” he said. “I knew this is where I want to be (when I stepped on campus).”
The Dukes finished 10th of 11 teams at the Atlantic 10 outdoor championship May 7-8.
They were third in the conference in 2015.
Bove has modest goals.
“I hope to help the team and be in any type of relay,” he said, adding relays are fun.
Bove placed fifth in the 1,600 relay at the WPIAL championship last season.
Fox Chapel coach Tom Moul expects Bove to prosper and said he has been an exemplary team captain.
“He's a prototypical mid-distance kid with how he's built,” Moul said. “He knows what needs to be done in practice and meets and gets the job done.
“He's very coachable, (which) makes him a good leader.
The younger kids see him performing in practice and embracing the training program.”
Boves plans to study business and is considering becoming an accountant.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.