A 2x All American high school cross country runner, PE teacher, Mr. Braund, received a full scholarship to Chico State for cross country where was ranked as one of the top 25 runners in the nation.
He started running in the 8th grade, but didn’t start taking running seriously until his sophomore year. He would run 70-80 miles every week to condition himself for upcoming races. All of Mr. Braund’s hard work paid off, as he won multiple medals throughout his high school career.
While attending Chico State, Mr. Braund led the Wildcats to the 1999 NCAA Championship. In 2001, Mr. Braund became Chico’s first individual California Collegiate Athletic Association Cross Country champion and earned his second All-America honor with an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. In 2014, he was inducted to the Chico State’s Hall of Fame, the first in over 50 years.
“It [Cross country] isn’t a sport that requires skill, it is more of a sport that requires guts and determination,” said Mr. Braund when asked what made him successful.
He credits his coaches for his success, and stays in touch with them still, even to this day. Mr. Braund said, “the best part of the journey was the friendships and knowledge I gained.”