Salute to Seniors: Ben Breton (Windham High School)

Name:  Ben Breton

School:  Windham High School

What was your most memorable race? 

My most memorable race would have to be the 1600 at Southwesterns during the recent outdoor track season.  I ran a 6 second PR, and it seemed like everyone else in that race did too.  Also watching Stevie Larkin go sub-10 shortly after made that day even more memorable.  

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

 My biggest competition, included some of my best friends:  Xander Keiter, Josh Lombardo(JOJOLODODO), Alex Swett, Jeremiah Sands, Yayha Nure, Shamus Malia, and all of Falmouth and Scarborough. 

What was your greatest accomplishment?

     I think my greatest accomplishment was overcoming some of the injuries I faced over the past four years.  There were many moments where I could've given up, but I put in huge amounts of effort to try and stay healthy and keeping myself in shape.

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

I would definitely take a more holistic approach to training.  While I learned this later in high school, I struggled to find a balance between running, cross training, strength training, and injury prevention exercises earlier on in high school. 

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

Like I said previously, overcoming injuries was a huge obstacle and learning curve for me.  A few injuries that I had happened right at the peak of the season, so it really put me down in the dumps at a point in the season where my confidence should be at its highest. 

What will you miss the most?

I'll definitely miss the camaraderie of the Maine running community. It's crazy how I've met and become friends with people from all around the state, just from running.

What advice you would give to younger athletes?

     I would say to research the science behind running/training, as it really puts purpose behind your workouts.  Knowing why you are doing something and how it affects you can really improve your mindset when training. 

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

My coaches have taught me how to push myself, but also how to take a step back and keep it all in perspective.  I tend to get lost in the moment during the week leading up before a big race, and my coaches have done a great job at making sure I'm not putting too much pressure on myself.

What are your college plans?

 I will be attending Fairfield University to run cross country and study mechanical engineering.  

Who would you like to say thank you to?

I'd like to say thank you to coaches, friends/competitors, teammates, parents, and Steve Larkin for breaking 10.  

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

 "I'm Ben Breton I'm so cool" -Bryce Murdick  "Short shorts for the sport sport" - Michael "Dark Horse" O'Clair. The boys are back in town baby #senditfortheboys

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