Darien’s Alex Ostberg runs sub 4-minute mile for Stanford
Two years worth of work came together in minutes.
Ostberg, a two-time NCAA All-American, placed 13th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships back on Nov. 17. Indoor track training began in December.
“I was running 60 to 70 miles per week with key sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays. I trained well in Connecticut in the winter weather during semester break,” Ostberg recounted. “I gained confidence and encouragement. Ultimately, it wasn’t one herculean factor. It was consistent work that maximized training.”
Running on the same Cardinal squad as 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track 5,000 meter champion and 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championship runnerup Grant Fisher, has only helped Ostberg.
“At Stanford University, the coaching staff understands how to teach great runners,” Ostberg said. “The coaches believed in me all the way and felt I was ready to challenge a sub four minute mile. Even if I wasn’t 100 percent sure. They made sure I was calm and relaxed and could put forth my best effort. My job was simply to execute.”
Ostberg is majoring in human biology at Stanford.
“Most people in human biology go to medical school to be doctors,” Ostberg said. “I’m using the human biology knowledge to apply it to exercise physiology. Specifically how to improve human performance.”
The next goal for Ostberg is to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track Nationals in March in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite his breakthrough, Ostberg is unlikely to qualify in the mile run. The 3,000 meters is more likely for qualification, especially if Ostberg runs on the 307-meter Dempsey Indoor Track.
Going to college 3,000 miles from home isn’t for everybody. But Ostberg is certain he made the right choice going to Palo Alto.
“It’s been an incredible journey. I’m incredibly thankful to have been recruited by Stanford,” Ostberg said. “It’s been a privilege to be here four years and be exposed to so many fascinating people. It’s a unique mission at Stanford. Build great athletic teams and impart wisdom to make special people.”