I ran in the big ten and quit after my first year. Ran 1:55 and 4:16 in high school and just wasn’t made for training so much at the college level. It’s such a grind and incredibly draining. My teammates all they were interested in was running and I quickly got bored.
After I quit I joined a frat and got more involved on campus and had an absolute blast. Did things like study abroad and internships overseas, things I would’ve been hesitant to take because of training constraints if I had still been running competitively.
the whole D1 thing is incredibly overhyped. Even at a big ten school I was a bit shocked. It’s pretty much the same as in high school. Basketball, football, soccer and hockey at some schools get all the attention while no one really cares about running. Sure it’s cool to flex that you’re a student athlete and you get some cool gear and extra resources but it just wasn’t worth it in my eyes.
If you have other interests and can fit into the college party culture just do that. You really only have four years of it and you can run for the rest of your life if you want.