Carson High track and field
Carson High senior mid-distance runner Nicholas Batien signs his National Letter of Intent to continue his track career at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Photo by Carter Eckl.
Carson High senior Nicholas Batien will be headed to the Mount Rushmore State next year to continue his athletic and academic pursuits.
The mid-distance track runner chose Augustana University – located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota – as his next destination for a handful of reasons.
“I would say Augustana was my first choice based off of their academic programs as well as their athletic programs,” said Batien.
Located in eastern South Dakota, Augustana University will bring Batien to encounter a new landscape, but his studies and pursuits in Northern Nevada will be what leads him there.
Batien plans on running in the 400, 600, 800 and competing in some relays once he’s on campus.
In his senior season, the outgoing Senator has already set new personal records in all three individual events while also running the 4x100, 4x400 and distance medley relay so far this season.
Augustana University competes at the Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
“It’s very important to me. Athletics is what defines me,” said Batien. “I would say being able to run is going to be a unique experience for me, especially in a different area.”
Moving out to a new part of the country will be another crucial part of the experience for Batien.
“I think traveling is going to be an important part, … competing with different kids from different colleges,” said Batien.
So far this season, Batien’s best times in the 400 and 800 came in back-to-back weeks with the soon-to-be Viking posting a 50.79 in the 400-meter and a 2:05.92 personal record in the 800.
While at Carson High Batien served in an internship with Senator athletic trainer, Adam Hunsaker, and plans to continue in that field by majoring in athletic training and physical therapy.
“My internship with Adam definitely furthered my passion for dealing with athletes and injuries,” said Batien.