Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kieran Brennan (Pearl River, NY) Commits to Villanova

Pearl River, NY's Kieran Brennan has committed to run for Villanova, according to DyeStat/ESPN. Brennan was 6th in the 800 meters (1:52.95 PR) at the New Balance Indoor Nationals earlier this month. During the just completed 2012 indoor season, Brennan owned the USA prep #8 time over 800 meters (the aforementioned 1:52.95), and the USA prep #11 time (2:28.80) in the 1000 meters.

Kieran Brennan PRs
400 meters 52.34
800 meters 1:52.95
1000 meters 2:28.80
1600 meters 4:26.60
3200 meters 10:03.60
3 miles 15:57.77

Brennan's Mile Split page is HERE.

Brennan's DyeStat page is HERE.

Here is a recent article about Kieran from local media in Pearl River, New York:

Brennan Breaks Records On Way To Sectionals

Senior Kieran Brennan has been a part of multiple school records this year

By Adam Littman
February 15, 2012

For Kieran Brennan, 2012 is a year of big races.

The senior at Pearl River High School has already been a part of multiple school records during the winter track season. But in addition to that, his favorite class this year is government and politics, party because he’s trying to follow this year’s presidential race.

“It’ll be the first time I can vote for president,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Of course, that won’t be until November, and by then, Brennan will be at college. He said he hasn’t decided where he’s going yet nor does he know if he’ll run track in college.

But before all that, Brennan is trying to get to the state championships, which being March 3 at Cornell. His next step there is 4:30 p.m. today, when he will compete in the Section 1 Class B Track and Field Championships at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York City .

Brennan has run for Pearl River’s cross country team all four years of high school, but only a few years ago decided to run year-round and participate in winter track as well. His coaches have noticed a difference.

“To be honest, I never realized how naturally fast he was,” said Mike Kiernan, Pearl River boys cross country coach. “He has tremendous leg speed. Over the past two years, he has become stronger from the mileage he has put on his body and the workouts he has done. He has the ability to do much more in workouts now than he could even just a year ago.”

Brennan said part of the reason he wanted to go the full year was because he was getting disappointed in his cross country times and wanted to improve. So far it seems to be working for Brennan.

Brennan set the school record in the 1000-meter run at the Rockland County Championships Jan. 29. He finished first overall in the race as well. His time of 2:32 beat the previous record by about a second, which Brennan set last year as well.

At the county championships, Brennan also finished third in the 300-meter dash.

Brennan was part of another school record on Feb. 4 as a member of Pearl River’s 4x800 relay team, which destroyed the previous record by 16 seconds at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. It was the second fastest time in Rockland County history. Brennan set the record along with Tom Bonaro, Brenden Bateman and Stephen McNiff.

“That combination of strength that he has developed and natural speed has made him a threat at varying race distances,” Kiernan said. “You do not see many kids with the range that he possesses.”

Last month, Brennan was named Pearl River’s top male senior athlete for the fall season by a committee that chooses the top male and female athletes for each season.

“I was really surprised,” he said. “I thought I had a good season, but really wasn’t expecting to win an award or anything for it.”

Pearl River boys track Coach Gilbert Hawkins said one of Brennan’s most admirable qualities as an athlete is his ability to run through pain, which Hawkins said Brennan does better than anyone he’s ever coached.

"(Sometimes after races, it looks like) Kieran is close to death," Hawkins said. "He becomes physically ill."

At the Dartmouth Relays, Brennan broke the school record in the 600-meter run, Hawkins said, and was sick for two hours. Hawkins had to wake him up so he could run in the 4x800 relay, which Pearl River won.

“To know that you are going to experience that much pain after a race and still go to the starting line to do it all over again takes an incredible amount of courage and strength,” Hawkins said. “Every time he races he gets stronger and braver. He has grown to be a man and I feel sorry for anyone who has to race him.”

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