Can I get recuited for Track and Field?

<p>I am a distance runner who is around 5'10" and 135 lbs, so I am on the skinny side
I run a 1:58 second 800 meter, and a 4:26 1600 meter
I also have a 10:00 2 mile from sophomore year, haven't run it since then, a 16:00 5K on the track, a 16:15 5K on an XC course, and a 52.0 second 400 meters in a 4x400 relay.
I am looking at the Ivies, UChicago, and MIT, so can I get recruited to these schools, and how much will this help to get into these schools?</p>

<p>Also I would like to know, if my times make me a DI, DII, or DIII recruit?</p>

<p>I don't think the ivies or MIT give sports scholarships, I don't know about Chicago though. Looking at your times I'd say your best is the 16:15 5K, that's good enough for most D2/D3 schools. That's if you'd be willing to do XC, not Track.</p>

<p>For sports best bet is to contact the coaches yourself, tell them you're interested. I've had offers come to me for tennis, DII and III, but I don't know about track.</p>

<p>1:58 and 4:26 are pushing it for DI. I'd actually advise doing track, since shorter events seem to be your forte. 10 flat is a little slow for a 1:58/4:26 guy, so you ought to push for middle distance running. Contact the coaches at these schools for more help.</p>

<p>Thanks guys, I am not trying to be a DI recruit to a big track school tho like FSU and Oregon, rather I am trying to use running to enhance my chances to get into these top colleges, and with my times do you think this is possible?</p>

<p>A friend's son runs 1:52 - 1:55 for 800 at Amherst and he finishes in the top 20 at several track meets that I've seen. He was the best in our little state of Vermont his jr andsr years in high school. That's D3. The key for some of the schools you mention is to talk to the coach and see what works for them. If they are already recruiting kids faster than you for your events, then you need to know that so that you know where you stand. You will still have to have strong academics, but your potential could help a little; for example, a 3.6 GPA may look better w/ a 1:52 800 than with a 1:58 800. If you have a 1:58, then maybe your GPA has to be higher to be more seriously considered (just guessing ... each school and coach may use their influence differently). Since your running is strong, but not top 5 in the country, you will have to sell yourself and your work ethic as you possibly have potential to be even faster with the right coach and training. You can go to the athletic websites of any of those schools you mentioned and see the track meet results for this Spring. Many schools would want you as a runner, but if you want Ivies, you need to start talking to coaches directly to hear their thoughts.</p>

<p>Distance runner who can be valuable in both cross counrtry and track have a better chance of getting some scholarship $ or merit aid. Sounds like you are more interested in improving your chances for admittance into top schools. This really depends on the school and factors within the track programs. Best bet is to contact coaches at the schools you're interested in and gauge their interest based on your times.</p>

<p>Come on people, none of you have given me a solid answer (not to sound arrogant)</p>

<p>Men's</a> Track Recruiting Guidelines</p>

<p>Someone linked me to that the other day and it was really helpful. They have cross country stuff too. I'm pretty sure the Ivies are all D1, I don't know about UChicago, and MIT is D3 although I've heard that athletic recruiting plays a very minor (if any) role in their admissions.</p>

<p>your target schools doesn't really care if you are an athelete. </p>

<p>Out of the top schools, Stanford does take sport recruitment into account, but Stanford is a top D1 track/XC school, you will not make the team at Stanford.</p>

<p>Personally, I think that running may give you a slight advantage over other students if your stats/ECs are similar, but it won't be enough to get you in by itself. A friend of mine didnt even get noticed by colleges until he broke 4:15 and had the top time in our state for juniors. Now, hes looking at some decent running school, Villanova being the best.</p>

<p>Sorry, I don't know much about the long distance, but I know for sure a 52.0 second split for a 400 isn't fast enough. >__<
The long distances seem slightly impressive though... But I think you'll need a solid GPA, SAT/ACT, and leadership positions to back it up regardless.</p>

<p>Also, I'd vote you a DII or a good DIII athlete.</p>