Salem High Cross Country and Track Standout Brenner Webster Signs Letter of Intent to Continue Athletic Career at McKendree College.
Salem High School Track and Cross Country stand-out, Brenner Webster, has decided to take his talents to McKendree University.
The Wildcats have seen Webster take on a leadership role amongst the team very early as he led by example with his work ethic. Webster says that he never thought he would get this far but achieving his dream of becoming a college athlete is something he owes all to hard work and dedication.
“It's awesome. I always wanted to be a college athlete, I didn't think it be Division II but I worked hard and got there.”
The 2015 Cross Country State Champion hopes to take what he learned at Salem to the next level and have continued success while he learns from new talent and teammates. Webster is not taking the summer off as he prepares for the next chapter in his life with mid-summer camps and training.
“I'll have people to compete with at college. I'll have teammates to run with every day. It's just going to be a big change with the training and everything. I went to a Cross-Country camp over there with them but now I'm just running by myself.”
Salem Track and Field coach, Mike Hargis, says Webster's leadership has been evident on the team since his freshman year.
“There was leadership qualities you could see as an underclassman. He definitely was motivated, you could see that he wanted to get better and he wanted to be better and he was doing the things that he needed to get better.”
Salem's Cross Country coach, Geff Purcell, commented that McKendree is getting someone that could be the face of the program.
“I think he'll be one of their top runners right away and take the same leadership he had here and show that same strength. He has a good inner-strength and desire to work hard. That's not so teachable and we try and we hope that they see that. It helps when you have somebody ahead of you showing you that. By him being where he was at, he's helped the young men we have right behind him are now working harder from the benefit of having him in there.”
Webster was top ten in the mile at the state track meet. He begins his time with the team during pre-season workouts this August.