Can a hurdler tell me about their college experience?

I'm an incoming freshmen of the 2011 class and i was wondering if someone could tell about their college experience as a hurdler/sprinter/jumper? Doesn't matter what division


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I am a college senior at an NAIA school (D2 size equivalent). I high jump and hurdle (mostly the 110s, but also a 400 hurdle every few meets). As is the case with many school in NAIA, and D3, my school is without a proper hurdle or high jump coach. This results in the best coaching and help coming from video footage of myself and my teammates. This does force me and my teammates to read, research, and learn our events extremely well. Though without a coach, we do manage to stay on task and keep each other motivated. Training definitely requires us to be goal-oriented and disciplined.

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The competition at the meets my school travels to varies. Our traditional season opener has no more than 5 hurdlers and 5 jumpers. It has the feel of a high school meet because some of the competition is extremely poor. In stark contrast, we do go to larger invites where many people run regional/national qualifying times. I was an All-State hurdler and jumper in high school and I am consistenly placing in the top 5 at every meet, even the invites.

College meets run everything on FAT. This means accurate times, fast results and easy tracking of your progress and that of your rivals.

Since I am not a scholarship athlete (my school has zero extra dollars for track and we have no scholarships at all) I am not as stressed about performance as many scholarship athletes often. Stress does arise as a result of the battle between academics and athletics and budgeting time for each. It is essential that both be done and time sometimes has to be found somewhere and that somewhere is generally in that spot where socializing usually sits.

I like running in college better than high school. While there is more freedom for me to train how I want, I do miss having a dedicated hurdle or jump coach. In a decent track program, almost all the team members will be hard-working dedicated individuals. As a result, competition is fiercer and huge efforts to win are required. Running in college will test you and your abilities and push to achieve your maximum potential.

If you are thinking about running in college, DEFINITELY DO IT. As an All-State highschool runner, I loved track. However, as a incoming freshman I was scared of what college classes might demand of me. As a result, I did not join the team my freshman year because I thought I would be too busy or too stressed. It was fine in October when training started up for the team and I had nothing to do but study and have fun, but I hated myself for not running in March when the season was heating up and I was stuck sitting on the sidelines. Lucky for me I am doing a double major in engineering (even with a track it is not hard and I am not that busy) so I will be around for a 5th year. Do not make the same mistake I did. Run in college, run fast, and run hard.

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For a hurdler I would expect the experience would be "Up in the Air"

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Like any other event in track, lots of practice and work. I was a scholarship hurdler, so practices were very serious, you had to attend, if hurt you had to make sure you showed up for physio when scheduled, races were plenty and your team mates are like family, you alos have to keep ypur marks up for chances of losing the scholarship and getting left off the team,then again that was many years ago and may change by 2011 but I don't think so, plus a scholarship athlete has more demands than a walk on athlete

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