5 Things You Should Know About Me: Scott Bauhs

March 14, 2012 at 11:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner

In mid-January, at the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon, Scott Bauhs ran 1:01:30 to finish third in a strong international field. It was a personal best by more than a minute, but the 25-year-old was hardly surprised. "I was hoping to run 61 flat," he said afterward. His confidence is based on a history of achieving his goals early and often: The youngest American (at age 21) ever to break the four-minute mile and run under 28:00 for 10,000 meters, Bauhs also holds the U.S. single-age record for the 5K (13:37, age 22, 2008) and until recently, he held the single-age record for the half-marathon (1:03:04, age 21, in his 2007 debut) as well. An eight-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion, Bauhs was a star at Division II powerhouse Chico State University, the only college he ever seriously considered, and he is now a member of the Mammoth Track Club, the only training group he ever wanted to join. He has represented the United States at the 2008 and 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the 2009 World Half-Marathon Championships, and the 2011 World Championships (at 10,000 meters), and he hopes to do so again at 5000 or 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games in London this summer. Bauhs, competing without a shoe-company sponsor, will make his NYC Half debut on March 18.

  1. My high school, San Ramon Valley High in Danville, CA, named a cross-country meet after me in 2006. The "Scott Bauhs Invitational" is an honor, although a lot of the kids and parents probably think that Scott Bauhs is really old or even dead.
  2. A lot of people still know me for allowing Charlie Serrano the chance to win the NCAA Division II 5000-meter title in 2007, with me taking second. I would do it again in an instant. Chasing Charlie around in practice helped me get to the level I was at then and am at today, and being part of the Chico State teams was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
  3. The greatest accomplishment of my career so far has to be making the World Championships team last year at 10,000 meters, when I finished third at nationals to Galen Rupp and Matt Tegenkamp. But I still get goosebumps when I think about my first NCAA Division II title, when I came from behind to outkick the great Nicodemus Naimadu in a huge upset.
  4. I have a pet chinchilla named Odie. My pet gecko, unfortunately, succumbed after going on a hunger strike to protest the cold weather in Mammoth when I moved here.
  5. I'm an Eagle Scout, which I remind everyone of when we get lost on a training run. I never seem to do a very good job of getting us un-lost, though, so I'm hoping the Eagle Scout people don't find out.
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