MSUB transition was easy for Ase

Sunday, February 10, 2019
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Ase Ackerman competes on the Montana State University - Billings cross country and track teams.

Ase Ackerman is a member of the Montana State University Billings cross country and track teams. The former Dawson County High School athlete is continuing his decorated running career. He is currently enjoying his first year of the college life and looks to make it a fruitful tenure as a student-athlete.

Ackerman said his first few months on campus have been enjoyable.

“College has gone very well for me so far. I enjoy the academic system here as well as being on the track team,” Ackerman said.

For some students it can be a difficult adjustment from high school to college but Ackerman feels like this process came by fairly naturally for him.

“The transition went as well as I think it could have for me because I was prepared to put in the work to compete collegiately. It really is a lot more work and a time commitment, but I love it,” Ackerman said.

One of the things that made the transition smoother was his older brother Beau Ackerman.

“He has helped a lot, him being here especially, was the push that made me decide to compete for MSUB. Him and I are pretty close, so him being here made the transition a lot easier,” Ackerman said.

The Ackerman combo allowed Ase to familiarize with the people around him more quickly. This is a vital part to being comfortable on campus.

“It gave me a sense of familiarity with the team from the start. Making it easier to get to know my teammates from the start,” Ackerman said.

Ackerman competes in multiple running events any where from the 400 meter to the 5000 meter. Ackerman hopes to focus mostly on the 5000 meter by the end of the season.

Ackerman gave a lot of credit to one person for instilling the love of running in his life.

“I was pushed towards running mostly by my brother Beau, when he was in middle school. He did cross country in middle school and so did most of his friends. So that made me want to become a runner too,” Ackerman said.

After that Ackerman said he became “hooked” and running was just so easy to fall in love with. Ackerman has a goal which he would love to accomplish this season.

“This year my biggest goal is to stay healthy, so I can stay consistent with our training. I know as long as I can do this, I will run well,” Ackerman said.

Ackerman has multiple long term goals which he has on the agenda as well.

“Throughout my career I hope to keep improving and eventually compete at the national collegiate level. Regardless of how fast I run I just want to finish knowing I gave it my all,” Ackerman said.

Ackerman has his running career ahead of him. As most athletes do he has a set of goals of which he hopes to accomplish. Ackerman also has family around him with experience and success to help guide him along the way. He looks forward to competing this year and a fruitful career is in his sights.