Junior Isaac Basten is a runner, involved in Cross Country and Track. Ranked number four in the State with a post-conference mile time of 4:20, Basten is competing against the fastest athletes in Minnesota.
“[During] the cross country season at one point I was sixth, and then last track season I finished seven,” Basted said. “I’ve always been flirting with the top ten [runners in the state]… but I’ve never been top four”
Basten said he is “ready to go” for sections. Ideally, Isaac would like to be a State Champion in Track or Cross Country.
“That’s been my dream since I was like, five years old,” Basten said. “I just want to [Personal Record] in everything, probably run a 15:30 in the 5k. Somewhere close to 9:30 in the two mile.”
Isaac recalls running at the Hamline Elite Meet, an invitation meet for Minnesota’s top runners.
“Instead of just, like, finishing middle of the pack, [I was] trying to win it this year,” Basten said.
Thanks to Isaac’s prestigious standings in his athletic career, he’s getting a lot of attention from colleges.
“It’s been probably the most fun process out of all of this… I’ve had a few non-official visits, because you can’t go on official visits until you’re a senior,” said Basten. “I’ve been out too Purdue, and I went too Iowa, and then I went too the U of M… I’ve been staying in contact with a lot of their coaches too.”
Isaac Basten will be competing in a state competition this Thursday, in the 3200-meter race, in St. Paul.