I usually participate in the short distance races in my school. My school does not have an official track team, instead we host we we call 'inter-house sports' competitions every two years. Here students are grouped into abpit six houses and participate in sports from races, to marching to high jump, egg race, etc. I always did the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay race and I was the fastest female athlete in junior secondary and second best in senior secondary. I also participated in 1500m race in my last senior year. That was the first time my school had hosted a race of such distance. I would like to pursue athletics also in college and cross country.
Should I include athletics under my extracurriculars even if it wasn't constant and I don't have any formal training? If yes, how should I describe it.
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Yes, include it. Any extracurriculars help, especially if it is something you like and would like to also do in college. I assume it's like a passion of yours, so if it is, describe it as that. Include every achievement even if you have no certificate. What's important is that it's something you like and something that you could do while in college.
This will give a precise idea of what your track times would need to be to get recruited on a Division 1, 2, 3 schools for women. I hope this is helpful.
You certainly should put it down on your ECs as a sport even though you didn't run consistently.
Most Elites (Notre Dame, Stanford, USC, UCLA and Ivys are Division I teams. MIT, Caltech, the majority of top liberal arts colleges like Williams, Pomona, Swarthmore are Division III teams. Other schools like regional universities like CA State, Univ. of Illinois, Bucknell, GWU are Division 2 schools.
I don't know how good you are but this scholarship standard link will give you some guidance.
If you partook in athletics with your school, then yes, you should list it. However, many students have running as a hobby and join their school track team, so that may not be a top-tier activity. I'd suggest listing races you won and have documentation of your win to increase your ECs strength. You should consider joining in larger running competitions in your area to boost it even more. Good luck, hope this helps.
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