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Troy freshman already leading the pack

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 4:46 pm

Freshman Brody Orf makes his way to the finish line in the Cross Country Kickoff at The Battlegrounds on Aug. 29. Lauren Conner photos

By Lauren Conner
Troy Buchanan High School

Freshman runner Brody Orf began his year competing for the Troy Buchanan High cross country team medaling in nearly every meet. With a personal record of 17:53, Orf has had a strong start to his first season competing for the team.

“I just like getting out and running,” Orf said. “It’s one of those things you don’t have to be in a stadium or anything for. It’s also kind of a stress relief type of thing that helps me clear my mind.”

Throughout his life, Orf has always had a strong love for running and pushed himself every day to improve.

“I really got into running in about 4th  grade, when they made us do the mile in our fitness test,” Orf said. “It was easy yet still challenging. I really enjoyed it, so I kept going from there.”

Over the summer, Orf spent his time preparing to have a good start to his first season running in high school.

“Every day or every other day, I’d go out and run for about 10 to 30 minutes in the morning,” Orf said. “If I didn’t run that day I’d stretch.”

Within his first year on the team, Orf has made many new friendships on the team.

“Brody is a very driven runner and that rubs off on myself and the rest of the team,” senior Luke Wilmes said. “He is just a very enjoyable person to be around.”

Though many have trouble transitioning from middle school to high school, Orf enjoys the company of the team.

“It’s nice having other people together that have a common interest,” Orf said. “At Sacred Heart I was the only person interested in running in my grade for all nine years.”

As he looks to the future, Orf sets goals for upcoming meets and for the years to come. “I hope to just improve from where I am now and keep going further,” Orf said.

Orf’s time has improved by nearly a minute since his first meet and has consistently places within the top 20 of every meet. He will run alongside the varsity team on Oct. 20 to compete to move onto sectionals.

The team loves his support and his abilities as a runner. “Brody has always been so encouraging to me and the whole team,” freshman Nora Mahler said.

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