(Tommy Rice was one of three Ohio natives that represented The Midwest at CHAMPS National, where he placed 26th with a performance of 15:43.70)
Photo Creds: Raymond Tran
It has been my pleasure to write an article about one of Ohio's top running commits, Tommy Rice. Next fall, Tommy will attend the University of Tennessee to continue his academic and athletic career as a Volunteer.
To say that Tommy Rice has had a great high school running career is an understatement. This past outdoor track season, Tommy was the OHSAA DI State Track and Field 3200m Champion. He continued this momentum by placing 3rd at this past OHSAA D1 State Cross Country Championships. His efforts did not stop there as he solidified a qualifying spot to the CHAMPS Sport National Cross-Country Championships, which will be held in San Diego, California on December 10th.
Tommy is just one of two runners in the state of Ohio to have broken the 15-minute barrier this past season as he achieved this at the Team Midwest Regional Championships. Throughout this interview, Tommy shared some of his insight to the recruiting process along with his future goals.
What was the college process like coming down to a final decision?
I had to first figure out what my final schools were where I would take official visits.
What were some of the reasons that you chose The University of Tennessee?
The guys on the team and the recruits, Coach Carlson, and the momentum he is creating at Tennessee was very exciting.
What do you hope to contribute to the program at The University of Tennessee?
I hope that I can be a key runner to help them score points for an SEC Championship and a National Championship.
Through this season and beyond, what are some of your biggest goals running-wise?
The most common goal of Sub-4, a State Championship on the track, eventually competing in NCAAs for Tennessee and becoming All-American.
What are some pieces of advice that you could give to people going through the college process who are interested in running?
Some goals in college would be to podium at National Championships as an individual and as a team. Possibly run professionally if that's a reasonable option.
Tommy Rice is set to join the Volunteers of The University of Tennessee in the Fall of 2023.