Kevin Sethre: Berthoud To Augsburg University

Kevin Sethre will head to Augsburg University next year.


                                   Kevin Sethre's Best Marks

1,600 - 5:28

3,200 - 11:50

5k - 18:11


Talk about the recruitment process - what other schools were you looking at, and how did you come to choosing Augsburg University.
The recruitment process went very quick.  I didn't actually contact Augsburg until January, and it all moved really fast from there. I visited campus towards the end of January, and made my decision by March. There is a bit of a story behind how exactly I started to look at Augsburg in the first place. Over the summer, I got some emails from cross country coaches out of state saying they were interested in having me join the team. At the time, I wasn't really interested in leaving the state, and I was a little discouraged by how my junior season had gone, so I wasn't sure I would actually be fast enough to run in college. Anyways, a lot of the schools I was getting emails from were small liberal arts colleges in the midwest. Eventually, my dad suggested that I look at Augsburg, since my grandparents went there and I still have some family who lives in Minnesota. When school got back in for the second semester, I met with my counselor, who is also the cross country coach. He had me send emails to a few coaches, and Coach Meghan Peyton from Augsburg was the first one to respond. I visited campus in late January, and I loved it and the city of Minneapolis, so I was very happy when I was accepted into the school about a month later.
What do you plan to study at Augsburg University?
As of right now, I am still undecided on what major I will choose to study, but I have always been interested in history and communications.
How did you get into running?
My dad got me into running at a very young age.  I ran my first 5K at the age of 5 or 6, and my first 10k when I was about 8. I decided that I might as well do cross country in middle school. I enjoyed it a lot and made a lot of friends on the team, so I decided to keep doing it in high school. There were hard times, but I feel that running was a good way to take your mind of the stresses of life. I learned the importance of hard work.
Have you always wanted to compete in college?
I have always wanted to compete in college, I just didn't think I would get the opportunity until this season.  I didn't have a good junior season. I didn't improve at all, but I learned from my mistakes and had a great senior season where I improved a minute and a half, which made running in college seem like much more of a possibility.
What would say say your main event is? And what event(s) do you see yourself running at Augsburg?
I get better the longer the distance, so I will probably being doing longer events at Augsburg. I'll run cross country, and I'm not sure what I'll do in track, but I'm sure that it will be a long distance.
Could you share any goals you have for the upcoming track season?
As of now, I have not yet run in an outdoor track meet this season, but I feel much stronger than I have in the past. I'm confident that I can get my mile time down under five minutes and run a 10:45 two mile.  Coach Jennings says that I have a chance to make it to state in the two mile this year, so I am hoping to do that.
What would your favorite high school moment be?
I have had a lot of great high school moments that I can look back on, but making it to state for the first time as a senior is definitely my favorite. I was so nervous for regionals, and I got even more nervous after the race, because I was worried that we hadn't made it. When it was announced that our team had come in fourth and qualified, I was about as emotional as I've ever been. There's a picture of me crying afterwards and hugging my best friend Noah, who I have run with for the past seven years. We both had a goal to make it to state, and it was great that both of us made it in our senior season I cried for about ten minutes straight after the announcement. It was one of the only times I've ever cried tears of joy, and that was one of the greatest days of my life.