NOVEMBER 10 SCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS
Profile of Ilion Golden Bomber Brandon Rawson.
Team: Ilion Golden Bombers
Sport: Cross Country
Year in school: Senior
Sports to partake in: Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee
Sports to watch: NHL hockey, MLB baseball
Athlete: Derek Jeter
Teams: New York Yankees, New York Rangers, New York Giants
Subject in school: Math
TV show: The Big Bang Theory
Songs: Coldplay’s ‘Speed of Sound’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘We Weren’t Born To Follow’ and ‘No Apologies’
Band: Bon Jovi
Food: Caramel Shortcake
Explain what you enjoy most about your sport and athletics.
What I love about cross-country is the fact that everything is not all about team, which is why I’d be a horrible football or soccer player. I also love that I can just run and run and run without anyone nagging at me. Cross-country is just amazing because you get to sightsee while you’re running which really relaxes me in a way. It keeps me coming back for more and that’s something I can’t say about any other sport.
What is your most memorable athletic moment?
My most memorable athletic moment is when I qualified for the state championship meet this past Saturday. To be able to go there and say you’re one of the best, there’s just no other feeling like it.
Tell us about someone who inspires you in sports and why.
My coach, Mr. Charles Maxson, has just been unquestionably my greatest inspiration. In my seventh grade year, I was only running 11-15 minute pace in a 3K and didn’t even get 300 meters into my first modified race before I dropped out. At the start of my running career, Coach Maxson and I were both wondering “Why did I bother coming out to run?” It wasn’t until my freshman year in a dual meet at Sherburne-Earlville that I realized what potential I actually had. I actually ran crappy originally but weather cut the race short and it was rescheduled for our one free Wednesday. Getting a second chance, I just ran with it and wound up with an 18:30 and a second place finish behind only former Sherburne-Earlville standout Noah Huff. Three years later, I’m on my way to the state meet and my coach has gotten me there. Without a doubt in my mind, if he hadn’t coached me, there’s no possible way I’d even come close to making it. I can’t thank him enough for what he’s led me to accomplish. For that reason, he’s my greatest inspiration.
Page 2 of 2 - What are your greatest challenges balancing academics and sports?
Trying to keep balance between the amount I study for each subject while still getting a good hard workout in.
What are your plans after graduating from high school?
After I graduate, my plan is to attend HCCC for two years to begin a major in the broadcasting field and continue running. After HCCC, I plan on attending a four-year school to keep running and complete my major. Where exactly I’ll go is a question I can’t answer yet but I’m looking at a few schools such as Monmouth University in Northeastern New Jersey, American University in D.C., SUNY Oswego, St. Michael’s University near Burlington, Vermont, Utica College and RIT.
appeared in November 10, 2012 print edition of The Telegram