Running Beyond CHS

Whether it is on a DI,II, or III college team, as part of an intramural or club sport, or simply on your own, we want to encourage and support your running for years to come!

Want to ask a bunch of "dumb" questions (p.s. no such thing) about the process? Reach out to an alum! (Coach D might have current contact info, if you need)

I'm thinking about running in college!
Big Overall Steps:
1.Train hard and RUN FAST
-If you run incredibly fast, coaches will contact you. You may feel like your life is dictated by who contacts you, but if you go through the rest of these steps, your life will be better. You will more easily narrow down your choices, and you may end up running for a program that didn’t initially contact you.
2. Determine where you are willing to live and where you want to live
3. Determine what you want to study
4. Determine the appropriate competitive level for you
5. Narrow down your list of schools
6. Contact coaches
7. Visit schools
8. Live the DREAM!
9. Save the WORLD!

The Details:
  • Review the Running in College New powerpoint (attached below), which explains the process and terminology very well.
  • Review the CHS Student Athlete Handbook (attached below)
  • Sometime in your Junior yearreview guidelines for Initial Eligibility (attached below), and explore the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • To-do list:
    • Fill out the prospective student-athlete questionnaire for any college programs you are interested in.  These are available on almost every school's "athletics" or "cross country" webpages. 
    • While you're there:
      • Look at rosters, times, and results of the programs you are interested in.  Look at the times the current team members ran in High School.  Keep in mind that often, the non-traveling team or B team won't have their times or profiles posted on the college's website.
      • Research the philosophy, reputation, and history of the program(s) you are interested in.  A lot can be learned of what to expect based on this information alone!
    • Create a recruiting flier ("running resume") about yourself, and email it to coaches at schools you're interested in, along with a note of introduction and something that shows you've done your research about the program. Include the following information:
      • GPA
      • SAT/ACT scores
      • Leadership experience and community service
      • Academic interests
      • Track times (with hyperlinks to results pages)
        • Do the altitude --> sea-level conversion, and include that as well.
      • Best Cross Country places (1st at League Championships, etc.) with hyperlinks
      • Phone number and email address
    • Deadlines and Rules
      • Contacting a coach – An athlete may initiate contact with a college coach (email, phone) at ANY time throughout their HS career. A college coach may not converse in-person with a HS athlete, or initiate contact with them, until August 1 going into the athlete’s junior year. (incidental greetings are okay).
      • November and April of your Senior year: Signing periods. When you can sign your National Letter of Intent (NLI)
    • If you want, create a profile on and/or  These recruiting websites advocate on your behalf, by occasionally sending your academic and athletic accomplishments to college coaches and recruiters in programs you may have never even heard of.  In general, this could be thought of as a 'back-up' plan, if you've already done everything else.

#1 Rule: Be your own advocate

    • New Recruiting Articles Series

           Article 1 - The Eligibility Center

           Article 2 - Getting on the Radar Screen

           Article 3 - What Amount of Scholarship Should I Expect

           Article 4 - Visits and Contacts

           Article 5 - The National Letter of Intent

           Article 6 - Sizing Up the Coach

           Article 7 - Questions to Ask

           Article 8 - Transitioning from High School to College

           Article 9 - The JCs and a Parting Thought or Two

           Article 10 - Self-Marketing 101

    • Old Recruiting Articles Series

           Article 1 - Introductions

           Article 2 - Scholarship Amounts

           Article 3 - Closure on Scholarship Amount 

           Article 4 - Role of the High School Coach

           Article 5 - Closure on Role of the High School Coach

           Article 6 - Transitioning from High School to College

           Article 7 - Wrap-Up of First Series

           Article 8 - Recruiting: Asking the Right Questions

           Article 9 - Recruiting: Asking the Right Questions, Part II

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      Dec 19, 2012, 11:27 AM
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      Dec 19, 2012, 11:27 AM
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