Hunter Bennington, a senior at South Webster High School, signed for Shawnee State men’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams on Tuesday.
“The running Bears have stabled most of all the exemplary runners in Southern Ohio and Hunter is no exception,”said Coach Tim Conley.
Bennington ran track all four years and ventured into cross country during his junior and senior years at South Webster for coaches Conley and Bill Raison.
In addition, Bennington also participated in basketball and soccer throughout high school.
“He’s a very talented athlete. Typically Shawnee goes for athletes with lower mileage,” said Shawnee State coach Eric Putnam. “That basically means that the athlete played other sports during winter instead of running indoor track, which he did, he’s also a very fine basketball player. I’ve had a lot of success with athletes like Hunter in the past. Typically these types of athletes only run seven or eight months a year and then once they give up the other sport they run 11 months a year and they usually improve quite a bit.”
As a high school runner for South Webster, he holds the fastest mile time in school history at 4:33.2.
He also holds a school’s best 16:02 for 3.1 miles (5K) which he set during this year’s Southern Ohio Conference (SOC) Meet.
“He’s got a lot of potential to get faster in college,” added Putnam. “He seems like a fine young man and we can’t wait to see what he can do and how he improves.”
Bennington has been a member of the SOC Cross Country and Track all-conference teams and is currently looking forward to his final track season where aims to set the bar even higher.
Bennington says he owes his success to his family, thanking his parents and grandparents for believing in him and encouraging him to pursue his dreams.
Putnam says he is pleased to add Bennington to his arsenal of top runners.
He’s feels Bennington’s success is directly related to his family’s support and his work ethic.
He looks forward to having him next fall running as a Bear instead of a Jeep.
He will join the Bears in the fall of 2017 and has plans to major in the health care field.
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