Runner Adams to chase dream in US

US BOUND: Talented Ulverstone middle to long-distance runner Kale Adams, 19, is heading the the US in a week’s time to begin a four-year scholarship at Adams State University in Colorado. Picture: Jason Hollister.

ULVERSTONE runner Kale Adams says his move to an American university will further his long-term goal of representing his country in his pet event.

The 19-year-old will next week jet off to the US to begin a four-year scholarship with the aptly named Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.

Adams said yesterday the idea to pursue the move came after he was contacted by several universities last year who expressed their interest in him.

“These universities weren’t what I wanted in terms of their program and that’s when I asked my contact in Melbourne which ones he recommended,” he said.

“He knew of some good schools and I emailed four asking whether they had anything available.

“I was initially interested in going to Melbourne for a while but then I had a change of mind, and I really wanted to try and keep my athletic career going.”

Adams said he wanted to try and take his athletics pursuits as far as possible.

“I’d like to represent Australia one day in the 3000 metres steeplechase,” he said.

“Really I’m just trying to see what I can do in athletics and to achieve the very highest of my potential and not be disappointed.”

Choosing Adams State University had nothing to do with the coincidental name – but the fact they were willing to provide Adams with a 100 per cent scholarship.

“You have to have a certain score academically and certain times athletically and once you exceed them, you qualify for a scholarship,” Adams explained.

In addition to the athletics, Adams will study a biology degree in cellular and molecular biology.

“I will have classes in the early morning and afternoon, then at about 4pm I will have training for an hour and a half to two hours each day,” he said.

It will be Adams’ first time overseas.

“I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get over there,” he said.

“My parents are excited I’m going to be doing what I love doing but they are sad to see me go.”

Adams departs Tasmania for the US next Monday.

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