For Gold Rush runner Christopher August, running started with a soccer ball.
August holds a career eight top 10’s and four top 5’s in cross country. His best 5k time to date is 16:13:00 (Sept. 6, 2014) and his best 8k time to date is 28:08.15 (Oct. 26, 2013). On Aug. 28, August came in 8th out of 21
runners at the Xavier Big Easy Opener with a time of 17:03.06. On Sept. 4, August came in seventh out of 21 runners at the Southern Miss Invitational. He ran a 17:16.69 in the 5K for his eighth top ten finish.
All this—and more—because he traded in soccer cleats for running shoes his senior year of high school.
He started soccer at six and played every year until his junior year. At first, track and cross country were just ways for August to stay in shape for and during the season. But it all changed his senior year.
“My senior year of high school I realized how much potential I had so I decided to stop playing soccer and just focus on running,” said August.
August, a junior from Houston Texas, graduated from Klein Collins in Spring, Texas. After graduating from Klein Collins, August signed to Xavier University of Louisiana. His freshman year, he posted times in the 5,000 meter such as 17:24 (9th out of 49) and 18:29.07 (16th out of 50). In the 8,000 meter, he posted times such as 28:17.5 (40th out of 101); 29:28.31 (11th out of 27); and 28:08.15 (4th out of 31) at the GCAC tournament. Even with his success, August still had to balance being a college freshman and college athlete his first year.
Making the cross from high school to college is more rigorous, according to August. The practices are longer than high school, and they practice more often, too. Being a student-athlete in college requires more time commitment.
“It was hard to adjust my freshman year, but I’ve gotten the hang of it now.”
And it seems he has.
August did not simply sign with Xavier to participate—he also came to win. Coming in his freshman
year, he set goals for himself— goals he accomplished. The first on his list? To help his team win a championship in cross country. And they did just that. His next goal was to finish top five in cross country, and he accomplished that, too.
“And then on the track side, one of my goals from last year was to win a conference championship, and I won the 5000, so that was exciting,” August added.
However, August is not done winning nor setting goal.
For cross country this season, he plans on going to Nationals again.
“And on the track side, I’m trying to go to Nationals also. and also win conference championships. That’s probably the main thing to win conference championships above my individuals.”
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