Mile Time for Female

classof2022

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Hello.

I am a female and am currently a junior in high school. I am looking to apply to West Point and have already began the nomination/admissions process.
I am going to be attending the USNA Summer Seminar in June (I didn't get accepted into the USMA one).
I have started to do more running. Is around a 8:30-9:00 minute mile had to be starting out on? I know when it comes to being a female it doesn't really matter because I have read in previous threads that if females want to be respected they should be doing the same, if not better than the males. Or am I most likely going to get smoked when it would come to the CFA or Beast?
I am going to work as hard as I can every day because this is something I am very serious and dedicated about.
 

usafadreams

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I'm running at 7:28 right now but trying to get better. I believe the average for CFA is somewhere in the 7:40s. My goal is to hit under 7! A few years ago, I couldn't break 9 minutes. My mom is a track coach and she says that if you're running between 8 and 9 minutes it is not hard at all to take a 30-60 seconds off your time. She thinks I can get it under 7 minutes - that's a 30-second improvement for me, so I would think you can easily make a 90 or 120 second improvement. Good luck!
 

ans_usma'21

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The average mile run for this year was 8:15 as told to me by my RC.. I am a female too who recently was accepted. If you have any more questions about the admissions process feel free to message me!
Good luck!
 

Cerberi

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I am certain there is a time that you must be below, however the CFA is a composite test. My daughter maxed 4 events, was slightly above average on the basketball throw, and ran a mile in just over 9 minutes. She was recruited for track (sprints and jumps) and volleyball, had a 35 on the ACT and was valedictorian. During PS at USNA they ran in groups (I think they had 6) and she was in the 4th group - wasn't super fast or incredibly slow.

I don't think any cared if she could run a sub 6 mile because she brought a lot of other stuff to the table and though her mile time wasn't excellent it was off-set by how well she excelled on other parts of the test.

And if you are already buying into the BS about you need to do everything to the same male standard - they have already won. There are plenty of USMA men that run slower than you do currently - and plenty that run faster.
 

WetsuGator

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And if you are already buying into the BS about you need to do everything to the same male standard - they have already won. There are plenty of USMA men that run slower than you do currently - and plenty that run faster.

I'm not sure who "they" is who have allegedly already won, but there is a lot to be said for a woman who can keep up AND EVEN BEAT male counterparts.

She was recruited for track (sprints and jumps) and volleyball, had a 35 on the ACT and was valedictorian.

I don't think any cared if she could run a sub 6 mile because she brought a lot of other stuff to the table

Also, your DD appears to be a recruited athlete, so it's pretty misleading to say the academy doesn't care about her mile time. By no means am I trying to look down upon you or your daughter, but we need to set realistic expectations for all fellow candidates. I'm not trying to start a fight because we are all in this adventure together.

To the OP, I highly recommend doing your best to cut your time and kick everyone's behind while running (male and female!). You'll gain nothing but respect from both fellow cadets and your future Soldiers.

Best of luck!

-AIRCAV
 

catlover2

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An 830 is good but it can be better if its not including the CFA. Practice all the events of a CFA sequentially so you can get used to it. Run everyday(sprints, hill runs, long distance) and do pushups, pullups, and situps afterwards. By just doing this you will definitely see results within two weeks or a month. Majority of the battle is getting in a routine and doing it everyday. The results will follow.
 

matz2022

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My fastest mile is 6 flat, but I don't intend on running that fast for the CFA.
 
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matz2022

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Sorry, I was under the impression that the mile would be first! In that case, I'll definitely run it at my fastest. I was afraid that if I went all out on the mile first I might struggle with the other events! My bad, thanks for clearing that up
 

matz2022

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And to the OP, between 8 and 9 minutes is perfectly fine for a starting runner. I started putting serious effort into running this year and went from a 7:30 minute to a 6. Dropping entire minutes off your time is 100% achievable. Run almost every day, and set aside certain days for higher intensity running, like sets of sprints or hills. Give yourself time in between these workouts for your muscles to recover. The only way to become a better runner is to keep running! I'm certain that if you stick to it you'll have no problem dropping your time
 

mrripley

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My mile time is right around 7 minutes, but I'm pretty sure that anywhere from 7:45-8:15 minutes is okay for the CFA if your other stats are solid
 

Jmoney457

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And if you are already buying into the BS about you need to do everything to the same male standard - they have already won. There are plenty of USMA men that run slower than you do currently - and plenty that run faster.

There are plenty of male cadets at USMA who run slower than a 8:30-9:00 mile? This is highly doubtful. These are basement level times. As a male, I run a miles in around 6:30 and its kind of on the slower end, you must be really out of touch with running times and speeds.
 

Enthalpy

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DD time on CFA practice runs were around 6:50.
Her personal best after running track and training was 5:52
 

Enthalpy

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You can find the average times for males and females at the USMA web site
 

Enthalpy

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West point.org/parent/wppc-greater-houston/MALO%20PAE.htm
This is a link with the max scores for the events, I will look for the one that had average times for mile, If I remember boys was around 6:43 and girls was 8:06.
Train and do your best, the better you do the better off you will be. My daughter ran every day and ran the hills that we live in, ran at the school track too.
 

Enthalpy

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West- point.org/parent/wppc-greater-houston/MALO%20PAE.htm

This is a link with the max scores for the events, I will look for the one that had average times for mile, If I remember boys was around 6:43 and girls was 8:06.
Train and do your best, the better you do the better off you will be. My daughter ran every day and ran the hills that we live in, ran at the school track too.
 
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