Student-athlete to soldier-athlete

Shadrack Kipchirchir will join the U.S. Army after track championships

Updated: June 11, 2014, 9:44 AM ET
By Chantel Jennings | ESPN.com

EUGENE, Ore. -- Twelve days after distance runner Shadrack Kipchirchir runs the final collegiate race of his career at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, he'll trade in his Oklahoma State singlet for army fatigues and report for basic training.

He'll spend the next nine weeks in basic combat training, followed by advanced individual training, which could last up to another nine weeks depending on his military occupational specialty.

With all that on his ...

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