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  • Where are the smart NCAA sprinters?

    The Academic All-Americans in NCAA men's track and field were announced yesterday and reveal an interesting pattern: distance runners outperform sprinters in the classroom. Fully 26 of the 44 academic All-Americans are distance runners, and only 4 are sprinters (only 1 of whom is a flat sprinter, the other three being 400H guys). 5 are combined events/decathletes, 4 are horizontal jumpers, 3 are vaulters, 2 in throws.

    Here's the list:
    http://villanovarunning.blogspot.com/20 ... nners.html

    Theories to explain this distribution?

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    Re: Where are the smart NCAA sprinters?

    Originally posted by Coghlan
    The Academic All-Americans in NCAA men's track and field were announced yesterday and reveal an interesting pattern: distance runners outperform sprinters in the classroom. Fully 26 of the 44 academic All-Americans are distance runners, and only 4 are sprinters (only 1 of whom is a flat sprinter, the other three being 400H guys). 5 are combined events/decathletes, 4 are horizontal jumpers, 3 are vaulters, 2 in throws.

    Here's the list:
    http://villanovarunning.blogspot.com/20 ... nners.html

    Theories to explain this distribution?

    Really?

    :mrgreen:

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    • #3
      Re: Where are the smart NCAA sprinters?

      Who really knows? It's not like everybody is out there thinking they are going to leave school early to go make the big money in the pro's.


      "Darius Law of the University of Charlotte -- specializes in the flat 200/4000 sprints)" Spell check cannot catch everything.

      sprinters are somehow "born" while distance runners are "made." Have to flip-flop that for Kenyan's and Ethiopian's.

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        Re: Where are the smart NCAA sprinters?

        A few years ago two decathletes from Wisconsin were First Team AAA, Joe Detmer (who was second) as a senior in engineering and his teammate was a straight-A first-year med student who was the top AAA/grad scholarship. That is big combination of academic and athletic effort.

        As for other theories (since decathletes are possibly over-represented relative to even distance runners), work ethic is important.

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