2013 Indoors: Suited up at three meets as a true freshman, clocking a 4:08.77 mile at the Husky Classic and running the 3,000 meters in 8:15.45 at the Razorback Invitational and in 8:16.35 at the Big 12 Championships, where he placed 15th.
2012 Cross Country: Junior national champion at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Forest Park, Ill., after running the 8,000-meter race in 24:47 - a mark that was four seconds faster than the runner-up ... Earned a spot on the U.S. Junior National Cross Country Team with his performance at that meet ... Just missed out on earning All-Big 12 and All-Region honors as a true freshman, placing 26th at the conference meet in 24:43.2 (the top 25 are recognized as All-Big 12) and 28th at the NCAA Midwest Regional in 31:06.22 (the top 25 are recognized as All-Region) ... Earned a top-10 finish at the Chile Pepper Festival, taking 10th in 30:38.6.
High School: Won the Texas state championship in the 1,600 meters in 2011 and 2012, the 3,200 meters in 2012 and cross country in 2011 ... Earned cross country All-America honors twice and was named the 2011 Gatorade Runner of the Year for cross country in 2011 ... Was a three-time regional champion and a seven-time all-region selection ... Was a seven-time district champion and named to the all-district team 12 times ... Named his team MVP four times ... Owns the No. 2 3,200-meter time in Texas high school history (8:49.12) ... Placed third at Nike cross country nationals ... Was an honor roll student and graduated summa cum laude.
Personal: Born April 20, 1994 in Plano, Texas ... Son of Stephen and Marion Nowak ... Mother, Marion, was a PCAA Champion in the heptathlon at San Diego State in 1986 ... Father, Stephen, ran cross country and track for Kings Point Merchant Marines Academy.