For better or worse, individuals are often recognized by one trait in high school. Some traits are good; some bad, but very few are exceptional. One of these outstanding traits is dedication, and Brenton Widener attempts to personify just that.
Widener is a senior at Thomson High School and is currently in his fourth year on the school's cross country team. His teammates and coaches have called him an exceptional runner as well as a leader.
Running 10 to 15 miles every day of the week, Widener sets a standard for the teammates that look up to him.
"It is encouraging just to strive to be as good at running as Brenton," said senior Marcus Wilson, one of Widener's teammates.
He added that he looks up to Widener as an athlete, expressing how impressed he was of Widener's preparation for the season.
"He ran 10 to 15 miles for the whole summer and came back ready to lead," Marcus said.
Cross Country coach Neil Osbon only had positive things to say about Widener, his prodigy.
"He always does more than he is asked and challenges himself to be bigger and better than before," Coach Osbon said. He added that Widener is a good leader because he thinks of all the consequences before acting on anything.
Widener adores getting a chance to think while running. When asked why he loves his sport, he ran two laps just to think of his answer.
After the laps, he said he is very competitive and loves to win. He also loves to be pushed to be better.
"I love the sound of the crowd as I am pulling out on the last 100 meter stretch to win the race," he said.
In all of the track meets for this competitive year, Widener has improved his time and set a personal best time. His time for the 5K improved with each race, going from 18 minutes and 27 seconds in his first race to 18 minutes and 20 seconds in the second race, and 18 minutes and 12 seconds in the third.
"I run hard, train hard, do what the coach says, and I always do my best," Widener said, explaining his secret for continued improvement.