Beginning Runner

by Dalton Walker
(Ellabell, Georgia)

I'm a senior in Bryan County High School in Pembroke, Georgia and I have been training the entire summer because I wanted to make something of myself. I had the mindset that I could do it.

Well now I'm on the cross country team for my school and I am the best beginning runner. I can keep up and sometimes pass the other people on the team that have been there a lot longer then I have. My first meet, I did 29:30 in 3.1 miles. I'm working on it to improve. I really want to get a scholorship out of this, but I know the odds are against me, but I'm not going to give up and work hard everyday like I do now.

Do you think there is anyway I can possible get a scholorship out of this?

Hello Dalton,

To answer your question, no, you won't get a scholarship. First of all, you started your running career too late. Most people who are going to get a running scholarship are recruited by their Junior year at the latest.

Second, you need to be incredibly fast to get a scholarship, and your time isn't near where it needs to be. Here's just a ballpark number, but you probably have to run under 16 minutes for 3.1 miles for a boy, and under 19 minutes for a girl. You have to win countless races, and then go to state and place very high. Getting a scholarship isn't the best thing in the world anyways, because you should never run to chase the money. Run because you like to run.

I've coached runners who have only gone to a school because they got a scholarship, and they just end up switching schools or dropping out after a year of suffering in a place that they don't really want to be.

If you are really serious about this scholarship, read this article to see what times you need to run. Keep on running, but don't expect a scholarship out of it.

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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