Track & Field

Future very bright for ‘Running’ Mountaineer’

Turner trying to qualify for New Balance Nationals
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jun 05, 2014
Photo by: Ken Howle Tuscola sophomore Brooke Turner crosses the finish line first in a high school meet’s 1,600 event.

Have you ever heard the term “flying under the radar?”
Well, for sophomore Brooke Turner, the correct term is “running under the radar.”
Although she no longer runs under the radar after her recent athetic accomplishments this season Tuscola High School and for her club team Asheville-based Fast Twitch.
The “Running Mountaineer” was named the WNC Athletic Conference Runner of the Year after finishing first place finishes in mile (5:30), the 800-meter (2:30) and in the 4 x 400 relay.
At the NCHSAA Class 3-A West Regional at A.C. Reynolds, head coach Courtney Clinnard’s star runner broke school records in the mile and 800, finished first place in the 800 (2:20), second place in mile (5:11) and was a member on the 4x400 (4:19) relay team, which finished third.
At the NCHSAA Class 3-A Track and Field Championships on the campus of North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, Turner once again broke her school records in the mile (fourth with a PR of 5:03) and 800 (third) with a PR of 2:17.
Competing for FTTC, she recently ran in the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Florida, where she broke the tape with a time of 2:16 in the 800.
On Saturday, she will be running the Poweraid Race in Charlotte on Saturday, where she hopes to cut a half second off to qualify for New Balance Nationals.
“Brooke has loved to run from the time she was a little girl,” said her mom Layra Turner.  “She would run back and forth in her yard.  She would pick out tennis shoes and say that she wanted to wear “her fast shoes, because she ran fast in them.”
The “Running Mountaineer” began to blossom into a very special distance runner five years ago when she joined up with Waynesville’s Brad Dodson, who created a running club.
Dobson nurtured her love of running in a fun environment. Her first competition was in the fifth grade where she competed in the  Power of Pink race.
When Turner is not running, she is very involved in the youth program at Calvary Road Baptist  Church.
“My relationship with Jesus is very important to me,” said Turner.  “I give God the glory for giving me the talent to run after each race by pointing as I cross the finish line.”