Track/Cross Country Scholarship

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  1. hoopjack13

    hoopjack13 Member

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    Hi guys!
    I was wondering what times I would need to run in the 1600m and 800m to get looked at for a scholarship. As a freshman I tried out for the golf team only to get cut lol; I decided to join distance track 3 weeks late just to do a spring sport. I had never been a distance runner, but always athletic. I got my 800 time down to a 2:08 and never ran a timed 1600m. As a sophomore I joined cross country and got my 5k down to a 17:22. This past season of track as a sophomore I ran a 4:35 mile and a 2:02 800m. I have never trained in the summer but this summer I decided to and put in some serious miles. My 5k time is already down to a 16:35! This winter I am also going to train and am considering quitting basketball for this reason. I am looking to run a 1:57/1:56 this year in track. Would the coaches consider that I have shown steady improvement and am still a fairly new distance runner with a lot of upside? Also I am 6'2 and weigh 150 pounds. Grades are not a problem, ranked 3/606 in my class and also have a couple non athletic leadership positions.
     
  2. dlee96

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    You should contact the coaches through USAFA's website. Even if it might not be the same, I contacted USMA for swimming and they gave me times that you need if you want to be recruited.

    Here's the XC coach- http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-xc/mtt/benson_juli00.html

    Here's the Track & Field coach- http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-track/mtt/lindeman_ralph00.html

    Here's the recruiting questionnaire- http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/ot/afa-questionnaires.html

    I suggest looking at the RECRUITING QUESTIONNAIRE first, it has contact info and questionnaires to fill out. Just my $0.02:shake:

    EDIT: What do you mean by scholarship? I assume USAFA, not ROTC because OP is in the USAFA forum. Are you referring to an LOA :confused:?
     
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  3. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    Hey there. I dug up the times for the last two meets for the Falcon XC team. You can find them here. :smile:

    The next XC course they run is Rim Rock in Lawrence, KS, which is really cool because I ran a cross country meet there just last year. I actually fractured my foot running that course. :tongue:
     
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  4. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Yeah, no scholarships at USAFA since there is no tuition.
    Do you mean to be recruited as an athlete?
     
  5. hoopjack13

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    Yes I am referring to being a recruited athlete.
     
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    I am in the same dilemma as you are. Freshman year I ran 5k at 19:42, mile 5:20 and two mile 11:40. Last year I ran 5k 16:56, 800 2:07, mile 4:43, and two mile 10:24. I was also trying to figure out what times are need for requirement.
     
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    My DS is 6'4" and 185 pounds. In HS track he ran an 800m at 1:59 (PR). I forgot his 400m times but they were about the same caliber; good but not incredible. Currently the USAFA is DEEP with mid distance runners. A few are running the 800m @ 1:50.:shake:

    As runners know, 6-9 seconds in a sprint to the finish line is a massive lead. My DS tried walking on after he got into the USAFA and he didn't get the coaches heads to turn. At 1:57, you might get some dialog going so it is worth reaching out.

    Best of luck!
     
  9. AHS74

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    You need to fill out the questionaire. If your times/throws/jumps are good enough and you appear on the the surface that you will be a quailified candidate, the coach will contact you. Also there are" walk-on" opportunities once you are at the academy if you are not a recruited athlete.:smile:
     

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