Chase Rose is a graduating senior from Oxford High School. Before Oxford, Chase was at Kirk Academy until his senior year, where he won 5 MAIS State titles. While at Oxford, Chase won the 2020 MHSAA 6A Cross Country State Title, as well as winning the 800m and 1600m state titles in the outdoor track season in PR times of 1:57 and 4:26. Chase was also a basketball standout while at Oxford, and was selected for the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game, as well as winning the Oxford Eagles Player of the Year award.
Chase has decided to take his talents to Ole Miss in the Fall, where he will use his athletic capabilities to run the 3k steeplechase for the Rebels during the outdoor track season - an event that Chase's older sister, Morgan Claire Rose, also competes in for the Lady Rebels.
Ole Miss is just coming off of a fantastic cross country season, in which they played 2nd at the SEC Cross Country Championships, qualified for the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships. T heir DMR squad placed 2nd at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships, running the second fastest time in the World All-time.
Once at Ole Miss, Chase is planning on majoring in Management Information Systems, which is the study of people, technology, organizations, and the relationships between them. MIS professionals help business firms the maximum benefit from investment in personal, equipment, and business processes. Some benefits from MIS include increased technology production, better tourist information, and better banking systems, among many more.
Below, you can see a little bit on how Chase got to where he is today, and some advice he would like to give young and up-and-coming athletes!
Explain your 'running journey'
I got into running because of my dad and sister were big into it. I had a great cross country season in the fall! My track season went pretty good in the spring-I had an injury that put me out of training for a little bit early season. I have always been connected with Ole Miss because I grew up being an Ole Miss fan! Ole Miss has one of the best running programs in the country so when they called me after having a really good race, it was easy for Ole Miss to be my top choice.
What is your most memorable meet/race and why?
The first time I broke 5 in the mile as a ninth grader. After that race, everything started clicking.
Out of all your high school achievements, which one means the most to you and why?
The 6A xc state championship. I transferred from a private school to a 6A public school my senior year of high school. People said it would be much harder to win a state championship in public school system than in private school system. Proving that I could do it was an achievement for me.
If you could go back and do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?
No I wouldn't
Who is somebody that you look up to / someone that helped you along your journey to get you where you are today?
Definitely my dad
What will you miss the most?
I will miss my teammates
What piece of advice would you give to the younger athletes that are just getting started on their journey?
Just keep working hard even if you are not motivated. If you put the work in then the results will show up.