The way it Gose

How SRU men’s track and field athlete Joshua Gose leads on and off the track

Published by Alex Hanczar, Date: April 25, 2024

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do,” Derek Jeter said.

Working hard is something in Joshua Gose’s blood.

The senior men’s track and field athlete works his tail off both on the track and in the classroom.

The Lewisburg, Pa. native recently earned honors as a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Academic All-American, something he did not take lightly.

“I have taken the same mentality from athletics to academics,” Gose said. “Do as best as I can do and strive for the upper end of things that I know I can achieve.”

While Gose has been steadily focused on his education, his involvement and impact on the track team have not been forgotten.

After speaking with head coach Bill Jordan and teammate Logan Parker, it is clear Gose has set the standard of what it means to be a student-athlete.

Qualities of leadership and perseverance described what it is like to be in the same room as Gose.

Gose too considers himself a leader and has thoroughly embraced the role he has been given with his team.

“I feel like I have a lot to communicate with other people, especially with the throwers,” Gose said. “This is my eighth year throwing shot put and discus so I feel like I have a lot to communicate in that way.”

Gose recently heard the news that he would be receiving the graduate assistant position for next season and expressed how excited he is.

The thrower explained that he feels a sense of responsibility for pushing others on the team to be their best, something he learned through his successes.

“The year Josh took off from COVID-19, he went to his local high school and was a coach,” Jordan said. “Since he has got on the team, he has been a great resource for us.”

Jordan went on to discuss how Gose is someone who can be counted on, whether it be describing things to teammates or always doing the right thing. Gose also is known to stick around after his training sessions are over and help teammates work on whatever they may need.

Gose being so selfless has made everyone around him better.

Current teammate Parker has not been able to compete this year due to transfer reasons but has observed just how special Gose is.

“I will always remember one day I was having a rough time and was just out of it,” Parker said. “I had a feeling he knew it was a tough day for me so him and I just talked it out. He would crack jokes here and there to make me laugh and it made my day. He does this for everyone, he’s just a goofy guy.”

Gose’s intelligence goes beyond the books and the track. His intellectual ability to understand teammates’ aura shows just how special he is.

“It’s a great group of people,” Gose said. “We all want each other to do well, that’s what makes it so fun.”

Building relationships off the track has led Gose and his teammates to all their incredible achievements on the track. Both the men’s and women’s sides have had record-breaking seasons with everyone contributing.

Jordan has sat back and marveled at just how much Gose means to the team. He is described as a ‘student of the sport’ and someone who is constantly looking to improve.

Jordan says that he is not only one of the best-shot putters in the conference but in the nation as well.

With Gose giving everything he has to the sport and to his academics, he has shown an incredible dedication that is not often found.

Once again, the senior will be returning for his graduate season, and he cannot wait to continue the laughs, successes and pleasures of leading this team.

Upon his return, Gose will look to continue inspiring teammates like Parker and motivating everyone around him to be the best they can be.

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Alex is a senior majoring in Strategic Communication and Media with a concentration in multimedia journalism. He serves as the assistant sports editor. This is his first semester on The Rocket staff, but he contributed to the sports section in Spring 2023. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends, watching sports and staying busy.


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