Being on a Championship-
It’s prestigious to be recruited for membership in a program that has a tradition of winning team championships. Some athletes derive their greatest satisfaction from sharing team victories with teammates. But, being recruited to a team that has a championship-winning legacy comes with the expectation that you’ll be bringing something extraordinary to help the team continue its dominance. And, the atmosphere on a team with a culture of excellence could be high pressure, where you have an assortment of elite athletes trying to out-train and outperform each other. In this environment, you might be a small fish in a big pond. Many athletes thrive under the pressure of high expectations; others crumble. It’s important to do extensive research on the strengths and weaknesses of the program to determine your potential impact on the team and the resources available to bolster your performance.
At the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the LSU men secured their fifth outdoor national title. This added to the 31 other NCAA track & field titles that the men and women teams have earned during the program's history (both indoor and outdoor).
Of course, winning team championships involves a lot of strategizing to maximize team scores. Championships are sometimes won by less than one point. The more capable you are in competing in multiple events, the more valuable you’ll be to your team. Your coach might assign you to compete in multiple events, where you earn one point contesting several rounds of a non-signature event. And don’t be surprised if you are offered less than a full ride at a university where scholarships are divvied up, given the abundance of talent.