Ell-Saline High School track and cross-country athlete Gavin Brady entered the 2021 track season with a renewed focus and drive to compete at a high level this season thanks to his involvement with a running group over the winter.
“My favorite thing about competing is the teamwork it takes to succeed. Over the winter I ran for the Winter Soldiers, a distance group ran by Huey Counts. The push I had from those teammates to work harder during the off-season I think is what will give me an edge on the competition this year,” said Brady.
It was during his freshman year when Brady decided to compete in cross country and track as a distance runner. Currently he competes in several running events for Ell-Saline High School.
“I am currently running the 4×800, 4×400, 800m, and the 1600-meters but do plan on getting the 3200-meters in a couple meets,” said Brady. “Our team this year has an amazing drive to become the best we can. We have some really good confidence and know we can improve.”
Now a senior, Brady has enjoyed competing with his teammates and representing Ell-Saline High School.
“Being a student-athlete at Ell-Saline you will always be pushed by your coaches to take care of your academics before your athletics. Everyone out here knows how important it is and there is always someone who will help you out if you need it,” said Brady. “After graduation I plan to attend Fort Hays State University for a degree in business management and also run track and field for them.”
Brady expressed an appreciation for his parents who supported him through high school and continue to support him as this chapter comes to an end and a new chapter begins.
“My biggest influence has definitely been my mom and dad. They have been pushing me for as long as I can remember and have always pushed me to be the best I could be,” said Brady.
Away from running and competing, Brady said he enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the lake. But even in his free time, you can usually find him lifting weights or going on long runs.