PITTSBURG — Hard work and dedication has led Pittsburg State dual-sport athlete Bo Farrow to a prestigious collegiate career.
As one of the top offensive linemen during football season and a national champion in track & field, Farrow’s work ethic is unmatched.
“I was taught at a really young age that hard work would take me places,” Farrow said. “My dad was my coach in high school, so he had a major role in me working hard. He would always push me a little harder than the rest of the athletes, and that’s probably what got me here. I just put in that hard work and dedication each and every day.”
Coming out of High School in Broken Arrow Oklahoma, Farrow was a class 6A state champion in the discus and shot put in addition to being an All-State football selection.
“I recruited Bo out of high school after seeing some of his marks from his junior year,” PSU track & field assistant coach Brian Mantooth said. “I knew he was going to be a good thrower. I also knew he wanted to do football too, which works out great here at Pitt State. I knew that if he had the desire and work ethic, he was going to be very successful. He came out his freshman year and finished second in the conference in shot put. He’s a great competitor, so I knew if we could help him get better and keep him healthy through football season, he was going to have a pretty good career.”
With aspirations to play both sports in college, Farrow said his decision to attend Pitt State was made when he saw the campus on a visit.
“I was drawn to Pitt State because of the community support,” Farrow said. “I love gamedays, my teammates and my coaches. I just fell in love with everything about it. The town is great and the school is great.”
Playing two sports while maintaining a 3.4 GPA as a physical education major is demanding, but Farrow said the communication between coaches makes it possible.
“Both coaching staffs have great coaches on them,” Farrow said. “I can’t say enough about them. They know exactly what they’re doing and I’m really glad they’re at Pittsburg State. Any one of them could be at bigger DI colleges, but they’re all here at PSU, and I’m sure glad they are. They’re very knowledgeable and they work great together.”
Throughout his five years as a Gorilla, Farrow is a two-time NCAA DII indoor national champion in the shot put and also a conference champion in the discipline en route to garnering five All-American honors and nine All-MIAA awards. He currently sits as the second-best discus thrower in the history of PSU and third best in shot put.
On the football field, Farrow was awarded All-MIAA status twice as the Gorillas’ center.
“The only way I could describe my career is wonderful,” Farrow said. “It’s a great place. You can talk to anyone who has ever been a student here and they’ll say the same thing. Anytime I talk to people who have either just committed here or are thinking about it, I tell them the same thing. It’s something that’s hard to explain because you have to experience it first hand. There’s no greater example than during the national championship when there was a full section of the stands in the Plaster Center full of Pitt State fans.”
His talent and work ethic have made him a decorated athlete, but Farrow’s leadership qualities helped lead the teams to success.
As a captain on the track & field team for the past three years and a captain on the football team for the past two years, Farrow’s energy is contagious.
“Growing up, I had a quote on my bedroom door about champions, and I always lived my life by that quote,” Farrow said. “I was put in that role early on and my parents would encourage me to be a leader everyday. It just kind of became second nature. Here at Pitt State, I was voted as a captain of both the football and track & field teams, so I was put in that situation again. I just try to take on that role and do it to the best of my ability.”
With his time in college coming to a close, Farrow hopes to continue to use his leadership skills and his passion for sports as a way to influence others.
“I want to teach and coach,” Farrow said. “I love sports so much that I want to spend the rest of my life involved in them. I love coaching, teaching and working with kids. I love the long hours and the dedication you have to have. I just want to make a positive impact on the lives of kids and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”
There’s been some challenges throughout the journey, but Farrow said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I wouldn’t change anything,” Farrow said. “If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the exact same way. I have a great relationship with the coaching staffs, so that has made it easier on me. During football season, I’m a football player. When it’s track season, I’m all in on that. The relationships I have with the coaches and the one they have between themselves makes it really easy on the dual-sport athletes like myself.”
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.