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Ashley High School Cross Country Standout Brien Lancaster talks about his Senior Year

By: Elise Heglar
Staff Writer

Local Brien Lancaster has a lot to look forward to this coming school year. A rising senior, Brien will be acting as a captain on the Ashley High School cross-country team this year. Brien has had a passion for running since his freshman year, when he joined both the track and cross-country teams.
“I helped run practice over the summer and help encourage all of my teammates while we practice for the coming season,” Brien said. Brien loves cross-country because he gets to see a big payoff to a season of hard work at the end of the season.   “I like the fact that you have to work up to the final race of the season. It’s like you get to see all of your hard work and training really go somewhere,” Brien said. Having a leadership role on the team is something Brien says he is definitely looking forward to. He hopes to work with his teammates and bring a great season to Ashley. “I’m pretty excited about it. It’s kind of exciting to have a leadership role on the team,” Brien said. As a senior, Brien has already started looking into colleges for next fall. Currently he is most interested in attending Shorter University in Georgia, a small Christian school Brien believes will meet all of his needs for higher education. “It’s really small and Christian. The coaches are awesome and they have a really great running]program, so I’m excited about that,” Brien said. Brien has known for a while that he wants to attend an out of state school and has researched other schools in Virginia and South Carolina. While he is open to learning about other schools, Shorter is currently his first choice. He likes the small feel and religious connection in the University. “I didn’t want to go too far away for college, but I did want to try something new. Georgia is a pretty cool state, so I think it could be good,” Brien said. Brien is considering majoring in math or sports management when he attends college. Math has always been a strong subject for him and he has a strong passion for sports.
“I really enjoy athletics, it’s something I’ve always been really interested in,” Brien said.
Brien is also involved in an organization that helps him further his Christian faith; the Young Christian Leaders of America, or YCLA. Brien enjoys this organization because it gives him a chance to talk with people his age who have a similar faith.
 “I love being with a bunch of people who have the same beliefs as you,” Brien said. Brien credits his faith to helping him make good decisions during high school. “It’s definitely influenced most of my decisions in high school. It keeps me in check and helps me stay focused,” Brien said.
We at the Gazette wish Brien luck in his senior year.