26mi235 wrote:Daisy wrote:lonewolf wrote:He would just rather play soccer. Go figger.
He's still young for track and field and the soccer will help his endurance. When he gets older he'll probably do both.
Well, Gwen (Hardesty) Coogan played soccer until she switched to track as a freshman -- in college. She soon won several DIII 3000m titles and made the Olympic team in the 10,000 while working on her PhD in math (Number Theory, I think) at Colorado.
One thing I like about track and field -- it is one of those (few) sports you can do while enjoying playing as a kid rather than having to work to be a good athlete as a kid. Seems like you cannot play baseball, soccer, swim etc. now at a good level unless you play and typically play intensively as a kid.
Actually it is Gwyn. If I remember right her dissertation was on elliptical functions.