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At my former high school there was a freshman who posted the fastest time by a freshman at the Michigan State Meet. His time was 16:13, and he got 6th place in Division III race. Don't get me wrong, 17:30 is good, but 16:13 is amazing for a freshman. I was just barely under 16:00 my freshman year in college.
my 2 cents-
my goal until college is to stay focused and motivated, there have been more than a few runners who had all the talent genes and that garbage who stopped caring. when you dont care it doesnt matter how fast you were
You're young so I'm going to give you an honest reply. 17:30 is quite promising for a freshman, but I would try to make sure you don't get too enthusiastic, train too hard, and then burn out. What kind of mileage have you been doing since you started running? You definitely want to start/continue doing lots and lots of long relaxed aerobic running (mileage) over the years for optimal long-term development, and stay away from too much interval work. Right now just start setting goals for yourself for years to come. Try to enjoy the sport of running as much as possible and realize that many PRs are to come as long as you work hard and are patient.
To give you an example of what you don't want to happen, we had a kid at my high school who still holds our school's freshman 800m record of 2:08.9, but he never got any better. Some guys are real talented to begin with, but in the long-run they may not end up doing as well, most likely because they lose interest/motivation near the end of high school OR they hammered too often on the track, OR they get to college and decide they dont want to be a skinny running dork anymore. From my high school class, we probably have about 3-4 graduates running in college right now.
yeah whoever said Kevin Havel ran a 10:07 for two miles at state was not right he ran it at sectionals I remember at state for XC he beat everybody by at least a good hundred yards n ran something like a 10:15 but he was placing in the top 10 in state in cross country in 6th grade. O yeah n he ran a 4:31 mile to win state n set the school record n won by 15seconds n ran a 2:04.63 800m n got second at state to the kid that set the state record. I've run against him before n whoever before said he was a monster is absolutely correct
Not to sound rude or anything, but I do agree with a lot of people here. When you run Cross Country you should have ageneral idea if a 17:30 is a good time, even for a freshman. I think here you just wanted to find a way to show people just how fast you are. By saying do you think this is good, is just sort of rude. You obvisouly know that its good and you even stated that, so why bother asking. You could say what are other freshman getting for times and state your position.
You are obviously a good runner, but I hate people that are cocky, so dont get full of hot air, because here in Maine we got some pretty amazing freshman runners. Sintayehu Taye (frosh) of Portland ran a 15:50 at the state meet in XC. He also has the state record in the mile (as a freshman) 4:09 and the national freshman 2mile record in indoor. At confrence he ran a 9:11
Nick Kazar of Maine also won Regionals as a freshman and went to run a 16:45 at states, Raliegh Swan (another freshman) wasnt far behind him with a 16:49
this whole discussion is a waste of time. if you can run a frickin 17:30 you'd better know thats good. your a good enough runner to not need our applause. go out, and make it better
jeff see can go a 4:04 mile in track and at least a 15:25 in xc (hes gone faster). he used to go to my school (middletown in ohio,near cinci) but now he graduated and hes going to ohio state!! or track and xc. i'm gonna miss him but he some really good runners (not me lol i'm on jv),its gonna be a good season....go middies lol