Athlete of the week: Ethan Brenneman

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) Ethan Brenneman says, "There really is no offseason. It's just really how hard you want to push yourself and how much you want to drive yourself."

All that work put in by Ethan Brenneman put him on top of the podium as a junior in the 800

Blake Proefrock says, ' I don't want to say it was a shock, we knew going in where he was and his capability. He ran the special 800 at Howard Wood but in the time that he did it was fantastic.'

Brenneman says, ' All throughout my running career that was one of my biggest goals, I never thought I would get up that high honestly, I was the worst one on the middle school team in sixth grade, so it just shows hard work and dedication right there paying off.'

Brenneman wasn't done running though as he also anchored the 800 medley to a first-place finish

Brenneman says, ' That was the craziest race I've ever been in. You know we were in dead last and ended up bringing us back to first so that was probably the craziest race and most favorite race of all time.'

Running the 800 takes a unique athlete

Proefrock says, 'You know that's a pretty tough race and the way he tends to attack it and running, in general, is sometimes a little bit more than we bargain for.'

Brenneman is also a leader on the team getting teammates to join him for runs throughout the Hills.

Proefrock says, ' He trains and runs year round and doesn't matter where it is, running around town, the hills, up and down Beare Butte they've done it all.'

In addition to the hard work the Senior runner credits others for his success on the track.

Brenneman says, ' Man Proefrock and Peterson, I would not be here without them. Where I am now with them, God, and hard work I would not be here without them.'

To achieve his last two goals for his senior campaign Brenneman will rely on what has brought him this far.

Brenneman says, ' Win state and I'm hoping to get all-time top 10 which both of those feats will be pretty hard, but with hard work, I hope to achieve them.'