Chasing Adam, local runner excels for ETSU CC
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 00:10
Racing in it’s simplest form can be described as a group of people chasing who ever happens to be in the front.
Whether you’re chasing an actual person or a time that needs to be broken the pursuit is still the main focus.
For ETSU junior Adam Chase, it’s all in his name.
The 20-year old junior from Kingsport has been competing for almost half his life.
“I’ve been running since eighth grade,” Chase said. “So, this is my eighth year running in cross country.”
Having grown up in the area he wanted to help make a difference for the ETSU cross country program.
“I knew that I had a chance to be a part of elevating this program to the national level led by coach George Watts,” Chase said.
Elevating the program is exactly what Watts has done.
In his first year with the program he led the Bucs to a second-place conference finish, allowing the team to advance to the NCAA South Regional Championship.
While running and competing is a passion he also takes his studies very seriously.
Majoring in mathematics with a concentration in statistics, he has excelled in the classroom as well.
“I won the Academic All-American last year,” Chase said.
Even with the individualistic nature of cross country, it is still a team sport at its core. With the season almost over, the conference championship is just two weeks away, Chase is looking forward to helping his team finish strong.
“I can’t wait to see what this team accomplishes the last half of the season,”Chase said.
Like many collegiate athletes, Chase understands that once his time in college is over that will most likely signal the end of his competitive career. While the level of competition will drop off his love for the sport will not.
“What I enjoy most about running cross country for ETSU is my teammates and coaches,” Chase said. “The memories and relationships I have formed with them.”
As for running after college?
“I plan on taking a break from competitive running after college,” Chase said. “I intend to enjoy running on my own and only race the occasional road race.”