Whitney Bryant, daughter of Doug and Treva Bryant, is a junior at Franklin High School and a member of the varsity girls cross country team.
Bryant is the top girls varsity runner for Franklin High School. She recently got a new personal record of 19:58, which she is very proud of. She is also excited that the team was able to qualify for state.
She started running in a bit of an unconventional way. Originally, she played soccer, but that all changed with one small mishap.
“I actually played soccer all the way through freshman year, however when my family moved to Tennessee, I missed tryouts, so I decided to run cross country.” She said.
She also runs track and thought that cross country would be a great way to supplement training for that.
When asked what inspires her to train and compete, she said she owes it to her teammates and coaches.
“Our team is literally like one big family. During races you will see them alongside the course cheering for you and it gives you the motivation to run faster and push through the pain,” she said.
She added, “When I train, I run what feels good and then try to push it harder. It helps to think of stress or anger that I can burn off as I run. It’s good fuel.”
One of her biggest role models is her mother, Treva. She said she really admires not only her running ability, but her life choices as well. “She has taught me through example to always work hard and to put other people above myself and to be kind always,” Bryant said.
FHS Cross Country Coach, Cormac Carolan said of Bryant, “Whitney is one of the toughest athletes we have. She works hard every day and her competitive nature drives her success. She has made huge strides since last season and is a great leader on our team.”
Bryant describes herself as hardworking, fun-loving, supportive, helpful and determined.
After finishing at FHS, she would like to follow in her parents’ footsteps and run track at Brigham Young University.