Southeast of Saline’s Luke Gleason – “Image Maker” Student Athlete of the Month Presented by Saline Imaging

Luke Gleason –
Southeast of Saline 

Southeast of Saline senior Luke Gleason participates in cross country. As one of the leaders on the team and one of the top cross country runners in the area, Gleason said he enjoys being part of the team and what his teammates bring to every race.

“I love my team for their work ethic and their determination to become a better person and a better runner,” said Gleason.

Gleason did play basketball last season, but this year he is focused on improving his times and preparing for the upcoming track season in the spring.

“The most challenging thing in athletics for me is probably is trying to become a better leader for my team,” said Gleason.

Like other athletes, cross country runners face challenges unique to the sport such as foot, toe and numerous types of leg injuries. Before entering high school, Gleason suffered an injury which sidelined him for a time. Fighting through that situation has given Gleason a perspective on injury recovery and what it takes to stay healthy throughout the season.

“I have suffered an injury, but it was back in my eighth grade year I had a stress fracture in my toe and I did a lot of swimming and biking,” said Gleason.

Gleason has enjoyed his time on the cross country team and is looking forward to taking the next step towards his future of becoming a collegiate athlete.

“The best thing about being a student-athlete at SES is that you can experience so much more. You can enjoy all of your classes and then you can go do what you love as a sport,” said Gleason. “As of now I have verbally committed to Emporia State to run cross country and track.”

The memories he’s made at SES will stick with him throughout his college days and beyond.

“My favorite memory is my sophomore year after I ran a not so good race at the state meet at rim rock. I went off by myself and thought that I ruined our chances to win state as a team. I get called in to a huddle and my coach told us we won the team state title. That was the best memory,” said Gleason.

Outside of athletics, Gleason is involved in Student Government and he serves as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at SES.