High School Runner (Freshman)

“Are you dead?” I asked. There was no response. “Coach?” I said.

It was six a.m. and I was still rubbing sleep out of my eyes when I found him.

He reminded me of roadkill—one of the dead raccoons or opossums I often saw on the country roads surrounding our town. I thought of my brother and what he
always said when we drove by a bloody lump on the road. He’s sleeeeepy … Saying that was one of the few things my brother intentionally did to be
funny, although he was often funny unintentionally.


“A solid debut set in the demanding world of high school distance runners, lit with pathos and humor.” — Kirkus Reviews

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“Funny, inspiring, distinct of character, and rich in detail, High School Runner (Freshman) rightly belongs in the canon of other fine tales of the track.Neal Bascomb, author of The Perfect Mile

“If you’re a runner, this story is a must-read. If you’re not, read it anyway. Very funny.Mark Hentemann, executive producer/writer Family Guy