Cole Sprout is arguably the greatest scholastic boy distance runner to hail from Colorado. And he is only a junior; at Valor Christian High in Highlands Ranch.
Already the greatest? That is a very bold statement considering the incredible talent that Colorado has produced in distance running. If you put Sprout at #1 it means below him fall names like Goucher, Vaughn, Williams, Schoolmeester, Geberkidane, Deak, Winter, Roberts, and Hume.
Here are the numbers that might help solidify the "greatest" accolade:
1600m 4:11.13 (#2 all-time run in Colorado)
1 mile 4:06.68 (#2 all-time / #1 all-time indoors)
3000m 8:13.85 (#1 all time / U.S. sophomore class record)
3200m 8:40.73 (#1 all-time - 8 seconds faster than #2)
3200m 8:57.15 (#1 all-time run in Colorado)
Colorado State titles: 4 (2 in XC and 2 in Track)
Colorado State runner-ups: 3 (XC - 1, Track - 2 / all 3 freshman year)
NXN Championships: 3rd (2018), 21st (2017)
MileSplit currently ranks Sprout as the #3 high school boy track & field athlete in the U.S. across all events.
He got his start in the sport just four short years ago as a seventh grader when he went out for track "mostly for fun." That was the spring of 2015 and he clocked 5:36 for 1600m. He liked it so much he went out for cross country as an eighth grader and the accolades started to roll in immediaty; including a third place finish at the Colorado Middle School Championships and a sixth place finish at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships held in Albuquerque.
A year later as a freshman he finished second at the Colorado state 3A championships in cross country and in the 1600m and 3200m in track.
His sophomore year was highlighted by three Colorado state titles, a national sophomore class record in the 3000m (8:13.85), and running under 8:50 in the 3200m.
And then this year he has dropped jaw dropping times of 4:06.68 in the 1 mile at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York and then 8:40.73 for 3200m at the Arcadia Invitational. On April 20 at the Dakota Ridge Invitational he ran 8:57.15 to became the first Colorado schoolboy to run under 9 minutes for 3200m in Colorado.
He has lofty goals for the remainder of his high school career and a big decision as too where he will go to further his academic and athletic talents. And yes he is not only talented on the track. Academically he carries a 4.1 GPA while taking a course load that includes many Advanced Placement classes. To see what these goals are and to learn which colleges are on his preliminary list let's get to know...Cole Sprout.
I started running track in 7th grade mostly for fun and really liked it so I decided to run cross country and track 8th grade year. That’s really when I fell in love with the sport and community and I’ve been doing it ever since.
I’ve definitely had a lot of memorable highlights, but the two that stand out to me are:
1. Setting the 3000m sophomore class national record/team win at The Oregon Relays. Record aside, it was just an unforgettable experience getting to run at Hayward Field and then wining the meet as a team.
2. Breaking the Colorado State Meet record. It was truly just a special moment considering the number of incredible athletes that have come before me and the fact that it was on home turf.
I really enjoy science and math.
I’m a big outdoors guy. Whether it’s backpacking, skiing, hiking, or mountain biking I love being surrounded by nature.
400 meter repeats at mile pace.
I peak at around 50-54 miles.
Either Waterton Canyon or Grigs. Both are incredible trails fairly close to my house I run on often.
I’m kinda all over the place but here are some artists I’m into right now:
No. I don’t like running with my phone.
The Office, that 70s Show, New Girl
My favorite is probably Instagram just because I can do a lot more with it than Snapchat, and I really don’t use Twitter.
Jesus and my parents
1. Win state in the events I run.
2. Try to get as close to 4 or even under, in the mile
3. Run fast/win Brooks PR
Big goals are to win NXN, run sub 4 in the mile, and go after the national record in the 3200m. Generally speaking I want to do everything I can to stay healthy.
I don’t know yet but I’m thinking about doing something involving math/science(so like engineering most likely).
I do, and these aren’t in any particular order but I’m interested in Stanford, University of Washington, Northern Arizona, Georgetown, and potentially a few others.