Spring Hill senior Dylan Brenneman recently signed a national letter of intent to run cross country and track at Kansas State ths fall. BACK ROW: Spring Hill assistant coach Jeff Preston and head coach Brent Smitheran. SEATED: Monica Brenneman, Dylan Brenneman, Charlie Breneman and Bri Brenneman. Submitted photo
After 3 record setting years at Spring Hill, senior Dylan Brenneman will continue his cross country and track career at Kansas State this fall.
He made it official Nov. 21 by signing a national letter of intent in front of family and friends in the school’s library. He also had offers from Tulsa, Okla., and Wichita State, before settling on Kansas State.
“I really liked the facilities and coaches at Kansas State,” said Brenneman, who likely will pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. “It seemed like a good fit and somewhere I can get better.”
Brenneman got better in each of the four seasons of cross country and track at Spring Hill. In cross country, he placed 11th in the 4A state 5k his freshman year, fourth as a sophomore, and second as a junior. He managed a 22nd place finish as a senior despite extreme heat conditions.
Equally impressive was his track resume. An injury kept him from a freshman state appearance, but he returned as a sophomore to place fifth in the 3200 meters and sixth in the 1600 meters.
As a junior he placed third in the 800, third in the 1600 and set the state record in the 3200 with a time of 9:25.19. He clocked the fastest 4A time of 4:14.6 before state in the frontier league meet. It is also a 4A Regional record.
“Champions are made when no one is watching,” said Coach Brent Smitheran. “That applied to Dylan. Due to his advanced ability he trained by himself at practices. He pushed himself to get better. That is a true testament to his true grit and character. I’m excited for his opportunity at Kansas State.”
Brenneman won the KC Turner 4A Regional title and helped his team qualify for state as a team.
“That was a four year goal to qualify as a team,” added Brenneman.
Brenneman’s 5k time of 15:26 at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Sept. 17 is the fastest time in Kansas this season and a Spring Hill school record.
Just last week Brenneman was named to the elite first team KC Star All-Metro team.
For now, Brenneman will focus on off season training for the Spring Hill track season. He hopes to set records, qualify for state and join his teammates in one final state performance.
Dylan is the son of Charlie and Monica Brenneman of Spring Hill.