Rupe turns two-week track trial at Central into D-I scholarship
Alec Rupe is taking another leap in his unlikely story.
With only two weeks’ experience in running high school track, Rupe recently signed a national letter of intent with the University of Northern Colorado track team.
Rupe will be a long jumper and run the 60- and 100-meter dashes.
“It’s exciting,” Rupe said. “It’s all still a little crazy.”
Rupe was a four-year baseball player at Central and was talked into coming out for the track team the final two weeks of his senior year to run on the Warriors’ 400-meter relay team.
On a whim, Rupe attempted the long jump during the Southwestern League meet and finished first with a jump of 22 feet, 5.25 inches.
The jump was also a school record.
Rupe broke his own record at the Class 5A state track and field championships the next week with a leap of 22-10, placing fourth.
Rupe planned to play baseball at Colorado Northwestern Community College, but reconsidered after his track experience.
Rupe said the UNC coaches told him he has a bright future in track because he has no past.
“They talked about how I’m fresh and I don’t have any bad habits,” Rupe said. “They can start new with me and that’s a good thing.”
Rupe ran only one short-distance race in 2011, finishing ninth at the SWL championships in the 100 meters.
“I wasn’t in shape for that, so I was in the lead the first 50 meters, but I ran out of gas,” he said.
Rupe plans to study sports science at UNC.
The track season begins in January for the Bears, who are in the Big Sky Conference.