Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Heavy Medal Pirates' White Turns Up Golden with 4 Victories at District Meet

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Heavy Medal Pirates' White Turns Up Golden with 4 Victories at District Meet

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St. Charles High junior track and field standout Brad White is rather modest when talking about his own ability.

But White really doesn't have to talk because his talent speaks volumes about what he can do on the track.

White's ability to dominate a meet was clearly evident at last week's district meet at Mexico. The Pirates won the district title thanks to a solid team effort and a tremendous individual performance by White.

"It meant a lot for our team to win the district title," White said. "We don't have many guys on the team, so we had to work that much harder."

The performance turned in by White will go down as one of the top individual efforts in the history of the St. Charles track program. White won the 400-meter dash and came back to win the 800-meter run 50 minutes later. He also found the energy to run legs on the Pirates' first-place 4x200- and 4x400-meter relays.

White became the first St. Charles athlete ever to take home four gold medals from the district meet.

"Brad had a tremendous day," St. Charles coach John Prinster said. "He is such a competitor that when he saw a chance to win his races, he went after it."

"I was a little surprised that I did all that," White said. "I was concerned about running the 400 and 800 in the same meet because I haven't done that before."

White has always been a talented middle distance and distance runner since his freshman year in high school. As his career progressed, White's foot speed started to increase gradually.

His speed improved so much that Prinster started to toy with the idea of running him in the tough combination of the 400 and 800. The tough part of the two open events is that they are so close to each other in time.

"He has grown a lot and gotten stronger, so we thought we could handle it," Prinster said. "I was a little surprised with how well he ran both races. …

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