FAIRFIELD, Conn. –- Fairfield Prep senior track and field standout Chris Alvarado was anxious to wrap up his college selection process. A recent trip to Georgetown University cemented his decision.
Alvarado become one of the first high school athletes from this year’s senior class to commit to a school when he announced last week he was going to attend Georgetown. The University of Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan and Stanford were also considerations.
“I definitely was looking to commit and it just worked out perfectly,’’ Alvarado said. “It was my last visit, I liked the campus and the team, and it seemed like it was the perfect fit. They’re a stronger track and field program, which is perfect for me.”
Alvarado said he was anxious to commit to a college so that he could focus on running and his academics during his senior year. He had already missed two races this fall before making the commitment to Georgetown.
In his first race after announcing his choice, Alvarado smashed by 30 seconds the course record at Thetford Academy’s 23rd annual Woods Trail Run. He won by a whopping 38 seconds.
“I just left it all out there on the course,’’ he said. “It was awesome to be back with the team, and it was great to show Georgetown what I could do.”
Alvarado’s recruiting process began when he a few schools contacted him while he was still a sophomore. He first heard from Georgetown in his junior year. “It was a fun process, but one that took some time and I had to do a lot of homework,’’ he said.
Alvarado had an outstanding year as a junior, including an eighth-place finish at the Foot Locker Northeast Championships. That result earned him a ticket to the Foot Locker national championship race in San Diego. He won the 3,200 at the State Open indoor and outdoor championships.
“I’m looking at this cross country season as my redemption season,’’ Alvarado said. “I felt like I accomplished a lot, but there’s a lot more to accomplish. I’d like to break some records, win the State Open and run a really good race at Foot Locker. I want to have a really good senior year and hopefully get a couple of records.”