Two-time Division 1 state cross country champion Nick Foster is used to long runs but decided to take a shorter course when it came to college. Despite plenty of interest from schools all over the country, including Stanford, the Pioneer senior will walk across the street so he can run for the University of Michigan Wolverines.
“I decided on Michigan after taking three official visits to Stanford, University of Washington and Michigan,” he said of his top three choices. “I loved all of my options and really could see myself at all of them. After a lot of consideration I ended up going with my gut.”
And his gut was telling him to stay home.
“The combination of academics and athletics really seemed to fit me,” Foster said of U-M. “Not to mention I’ve been a big Michigan fan my whole life. There is also a brand new ‘world class’ track and field facility at Michigan that is mind blowing.”
He also felt a special connection with the Michigan athletes and head coach Kevin Sullivan, who is a multiple time Olympian and NCAA champ and Michigan alum. “My connection to coach Sullivan was very good as he started recruiting me early and we have gotten to know each other quite well. I’m really looking forward to running for him.”
Foster said he is not sure what he wants to study. “I’m interested in an Econ or business major,” he says. “I’m going to start out in LSA and see where I go from there.”
Foster has been training with his Pioneer teammates as that special class of seniors gear up for the upcoming track and field season.
“I have been a little more dialed in this winter and I am building up a really good base to work off of this spring,” he said. “I feel like I have a little bit less pressure this year because I’m already committed and everything but I’m really more motivated than ever and want to go out with a bang.
“Once my high school season is over I will get a training plan for the summer and then report for practice in August. I’m honored for this opportunity and excited to see what the future has in store.”
In November, Pioneer finished sixth overall at the state finals in a very competitive field as the defending state champions capped off a successful 2018 season. Foster was his dominant self, winning the individual race for the second consecutive year crossing first in 15 minutes, 13 seconds. Plymouth’s Carter Solomon was second in 15:18.1 and Lakeland’s Harrison Grzymkowski was third in 15:32.3.
Last year as a junior, Foster went 15:16.1 to finish first and help lead the Pioneers to a Division 1 state championship title. Pioneer finished with 107 points, three points better than Plymouth. Foster outkicked rival Cole Johnson of Rockford, who finished in 15:18.2.
MAIN PHOTO: Nick Foster with his parents Dave and Katie Foster