TRAVERSE CITY — The setting, the academics, the track and cross country programs.
Dartmouth had it all for Kyle Dotterrer.
So, once he was accepted to the Ivy League school, confirming his intentions to attend and run for the Big Green was just a formality for the Traverse City Central senior.
Dartmouth was one of seven schools Dotterrer and his father, Robert, visited in August.
“The first thing that hit me was how beautiful it (campus) is,” Dotterrer said of the New Hampshire school. “It’s insane.
“I like the academics, and the prestige it carries. It’s the smallest of the Ivy League schools (about 4,000 undergraduates) and that intimacy is important to me. It will makes the transition from high school to college less harsh.”
Dotterrer earned All-State honors last fall by placing sixth in the Division 1 state cross country finals. He also received Academic All-State accolades with a 4.0 GPA.
At Dartmouth, he’ll join a cross country program that qualified for the national championships in the fall.
“I think he will be a great fit,” Central coach John Lober said. “He was one of the top five seniors in the state (in cross country). He’s proven himself. I know their coach (Barry Harwick) is excited to have Kyle be part of their program. I don’t think he knows what he’s getting. Kyle’s going to surprise them.”
Dartmouth’s top four runners at nationals were seniors.
“That’s troubling, but it could also be good for me,” Dotterrer said.
Dotterrer, 17, ran a 15:44 in the Division 1 finals.
“I’m not their top recruit,” Dotterrer said. “There are faster guys (coming in).”
In track, Dotterrer has posted times of 1:58.7 in the 800, 4:22.9 in the 1600 and 9:41.3 in the 3200. He’s also part of Central’s record-setting 3200 relay team, which ran a 7:52.87 last spring.
Dartmouth has a good reputation in distance running, Lober said.
The Big Green just won the indoor Dartmouth Relays. Abbey D’Agostino captured the women’s NCAA cross country individual championship in the fall — the first Ivy League runner to ever do so.
Dotterrer also visited Harvard, Princeton, Tufts, Penn, Yale and Cornell.