Brahm runs to her own pace

Senior star heads into final month of season seeking school record


Senior Connie Brahm (95) runs past a Brownsburg runner at the Ben Davis Invitational.

A family with an Olympian and a Division 1 collegiate athlete may seem like a lot of pressure for a typical teen, but to senior Connie Brahm it is her daily reality.

Brahm, however, just runs her own race.

Brahm is entering her final month as a high school cross country runner. She’s chasing down the school record for a 5k as she is well on her way with her PR of 19:38 (the record is 19:17).

“Every time I run, I give it my all, because I know that there are 35 other girls doing the same thing,” Brahm said.

The drive Brahme has not only shows up on the course, but in everything that she does. Brahm is more than just a great athlete; she’s top 20 in her class, an active member of web design and is also involved with the speech team.

Brahm says her teammates and peers help keep her grounded and focused.

“It’s easy to stay focused on what needs to be done because we hold each other accountable,” she said. “Every one has their own goals and we want to see each other reach those goals.”

And as for pressure, Brahm tries to view her amazing genealogy as encouragement instead of a stressing factor. Her father Terry Brahm was an Olympian runner and her brother Luke Brahm runs cross country and track at Princeton.

“I view it as more of an asset, because I’m constantly surrounded by people who can give me great advice,” Brahm said.

Brahm is breaking no stride as she sets down a legacy for her own life and runs down her own path. No matter if Brahm is running a 5k race or just the race of life, she knows giving it her all gets her a long way.

The cross country teams run in the Marion County meet Saturday morning at Brebeuf before starting postseason action.