Salute To Seniors: Brandon Nichols (Kent Island)

Brandon Nichols of Kent Island developed into one of the best distance runners from the Maryland Eastern Shore over recent years. His highlight performance certainly came in winning the 2A boys 1600 meter state title indoors in an upset victory over Calvert's Justin Diehl this past February. Nichols finished out his senior year with PR's of 1:58 in the 800, 4:21 in the 1600, and 9:36 in the 3200. He won a grand total of 10 Bayside Conference titles individually between cross country and track. Nichols transitions next to competing for Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?

My most memorable race was this indoor season at states when I won the 1600m for 2a. 

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

My biggest competition the past 4 years has been my teammate Erick Sanchez. Training everyday and racing every week together has involved a lot of back and forth competition. 

What was your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment was again winning the indoor 1600m title for 2a. 

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

If I could do it all over again I wouldn't change anything I believe my high school running career has prepared me well for college. 

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

Some of the most difficult obstacles I've had to overcome have been injuries but the biggest obstacle by far has been trying to stay motivated through all the pain of training and preparing for races. 

What will you miss the most?

Something I'll miss the most is all of my teammates at Kent Island High School I've trained with the past 4 years. 

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

Advice I'd give to younger athletes is to always stay focused and determined on your goals and do everything you can to stay motivated to reach those goals. 

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

My coaches have taught me everything I know about running from proper form to racing tactics to staying motivated.  

What are your college plans?

My college plans are to attend Mount Saint Mary's University and continue running cross country and track. 

Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?

I'd like to thank all of my teammates, coaches, and everyone I've raced in the last 4 years of high school. I wouldn't be the runner/person I am today without you.