Scholar Athlete: Brookstone runner Abbie Dillon

Abbie Dillon is one of the most consistent runners on the Brookstone cross country team. She runs because she enjoys it.

"It feels like such an accomplishment after you’ve run six miles or even when you start out doing four," she said. "You just feel really good."

Dillon has felt good multiple times this year, racking up 5 top ten finishes including this week’s area meet. In the Columbus City championship earlier this month, she set a personal and team record with a time of 21:56.3. Achieving times and finishes like that doesn’t come easy.

"A lot of times you forget that you need to try really hard in practice in order to do well in the races and you tend to slack off sometimes in practice especially after a hard day of school," Dillon said. "But you have to run hard during practice in order to do well in the races."

Cross country though has helped her in more ways than one. Dillon plays tennis in the spring and is able to keep up with her opponents because of the hard work she puts in during the fall and off-season.

"Playing a long tennis match, you need to be able to endure that for a long time and cross country definitely helps," she said.

But Dillon doesn’t just push herself hard in athletics. She’s maintaining a 4.4 GPA and is actively involved in things like the Agriculga and Green Club. It’s not easy being a student athlete but it is a title she embraces.

"There’s definitely some nights where I end up going to bed at 1am but it definitely feels good to do well in school and cross country," said Dillon.

In college, Dillon is hoping to pursue environmental studies.

If you’re an area Athletic Director or coach who would like to nominate an athlete, e-mail Jenna Callari at jcallari@wltz.com.

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