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Ashley hurdler earns "All-America" status

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Ashley High School senior Stanley Broaden captured two state titles in May. He won the the 110m high hurdles (14.38 seconds) and the 300m intermediate hurdles (37.4 seconds). Last week he added another title: "All-America" with a top 6 finish in the New Balance Track Nationals in Greensboro.

Broaden graduated from Ashley earlier this month. In fact he's a National Scholar Athlete. As of this week he's ranked No. 6 in the country for the 400m intermediate hurdles, No. 1 in the state for the 400m intermediate hurdles and 5th all-time for North Carolina. His personal best in the 400m hurdles is 52.43 seconds. His personal best in the 110m high hurdles is 14.26 seconds.

Broaden will run track at Appalachian State next spring. Before he puts on his track spikes he'll be putting on his soccer shoes. Broaden will be a two-sport athlete at ASU. He'll play for the ASU soccer team this fall.

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Congratulations! Great effort and results

Obviously this young man is not sitting around feeling sorry for himself and wasting his life. He's going places and will emerge as a true leader in whatever he does.

But pick the one sport you love, the one you are better at, and stick with it over anything else. Too many people spread themselves too thinly between sports and never achieve their true potential. With those times you're running, I hope your choice would be track....so why risk injury on the soccer field?

I have a friend in Iowa whose daughter was an above average basketball player, a great volleyball player, and an AMAZING runner. In her sophomore year of high school, however, she spent far too much time on the bench because a knee injury she incurred playing basketball. She finally decided to concentrate on track only in her junior and senior years and like Stanley, won a full scholarship. She's likely destined for Olympic trials - she's that good.

God gave you an amazing talent, and it's great to read that you're capitalizing on it. Good luck!