Edison’s Louis Colson has decided to continue his running career at Harvard.

LEESBURG VA - SEPTEMBER 21: Edison's Louis Colson heads toward the finish in the boys varsity Louis Colson set a course records at the Oatlands Invitational in September.

After receiving his admission to the prestigious Ivy League school, Colson committed to the Crimson’s track and field team two weeks ago.

“It’s just unbelievable to me,” Colson said. “The school I wanted to go to was one that had a great opportunity and great academics. They’re a great team. It’s incredible to know I’ll be heading there.”

Colson, who holds a 4.77 grade point average at Edison, received an early-admissions likely-letter to Harvard. This means that barring an unforeseen circumstance, Colson will receive his official acceptance letter soon. He’ll enroll next fall.

“As long as I don’t mess up, I’ll get an acceptance letter,” Colson said.

Colson said the Harvard coaching staff will decide whether he focuses on a specific track and field event or goes with cross-country.

Harvard’s cross-country team is currently ranked 21st in the nation.
Colson picked Harvard over Rice and Brown, citing location and the team dynamic among the reasons that led him to his decision.

The senior All-Met is enjoying one of the area’s best cross-country seasons this fall, highlighted by setting a course record at the Oatlands Invitational (15 minutes 16 seconds) in September and tying a school record on the course at Burke Lake Park (14:42) on Thursday.

His 14:42 matched former Edison runner George Watts’s time on the 2.8-mile course in 1974, which ties them as the eighth-best performers at Burke Lake.

“The past couple of days, I just took easy runs,” Colson said. “I felt really fresh going into the race. It was a nice day and I gave it my best.”

Colson’s next race will be the 5A North region meet on Nov. 6 at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. With the success he’s had, his strategy won’t vary.

“It’s the same, go out with the main pack for a while and try to pull away at the point I feel I can take over,” Colson said. “I just go in trying to enjoy it and have fun.”

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