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Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School's Ty Brooks

Posted: September 9, 2014 - 11:11pm  |  Updated: September 10, 2014 - 1:12am
Ty Brook, Evans High School cross country  Special
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Ty Brook, Evans High School cross country

Evans High School’s Ty Brooks has been running for a long time.

“In elementary school, Westmont had a track team – it was like an unofficial track team, we didn’t go to any meets or anything – I still went there and ran,” Brooks said.

In his second year on the Knights’ cross country team, the sophomore is seen as one of the squad’s top runners.

And he thinks he’s on pace to be better than he was a year ago.

“My PR (personal record) was 17:50 last year and two races ago I got like 18 seconds off of that, so I think I’m doing pretty good this year,” Brooks said. “I’m probably going to PR pretty soon.”

Coach Steve Aaronson called him a humble guy who doesn’t give himself enough credit.

“He really doesn’t know his potential,” said Aaronson of Brooks, who was 15th in the Region 2-AAAAA meet and 78th in the class AAAAA state meet a year ago as a freshman. “It’s going to be really interesting to see just how fast and how far he will go.”

Playing baseball in middle school, Brooks might not have been a high school runner without a firm nudge by his parents.

“I kind of stopped running and in eighth grade my parents noticed I was getting lazy,” Brooks said. “They decided to tell me to do cross country for high school in eighth grade.”

And running also occupies his spring semester.

“I do track, too,” said Brooks, who plans to run the 400 meter, the 800, the 4X400 relay and the 1600. “That’s why I did baseball in middle school and decided to do track in high school, because I think I’m better at track than I am at baseball.”

While upperclassmen take care of leadership roles, Brooks is one to help foster an interesting atmosphere. He’s doled out nicknames like Beige Pterodactyl and White Billy Goat to teammates after he was stuck with the moniker Black Sheep a year ago.

“I forget why, it’s probably for a stupid reason, but it just stuck,” said Brooks of his nickname.

Aaronson calls Brooks laid back but said that once he gets to the starting line, his demeanor changes.

“Race day, he just kind of nonchalantly makes his way to the starting line and you kind of think ‘What’s going on?’” Aaronson said. “But when the race starts, it’s all business. It’s kind of like I’m coming through, get out of the way.”

Aaronson is looking forward to what the next two cross country seasons hold for Brooks.

“Next year, that’s the one you’re going to be watching,” Aaronson said. “That’s the young man we’re going to be watching.”

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