Salute to Our Seniors: Brendan Doherty- Marshfield High School

Brendan was an incredible leader and motivator on our team. He led by example and had a way of bringing the team together. He is one of the toughest and most reliable athletes I have ever coached. He will only continue to improve in college and will be a great addition at Holy Cross.
- Coach Dennis Sheppard
What do you enjoy doing outside of your running?
Outside of running, I like to hang out with my friends and family, play soccer, and spend as much time outdoors as I can.
What are you going to miss most about your high school running career?
What I'll miss most about my high school running career is the close bond my MHS teammates and me were able to create not only with ourselves, but with our coach as well. I'll also miss representing my hometown and competing against the same kids every year.
What was your most memorable race?
My most memorable race was definitely the Yale Invitational in Winter 2012. At that race, my DMR team and I clinched the number one time in the country. Not only did I face plant handing the baton off to my teammate Joel Hubbard, but I also PR'ed by two seconds.
Out of all your high school running accomplishments, what stands out the most?
Easily clinching All-American's in the DMR with my teammates Ryan Talanian, Kevin Thomas, and Joel Hubbard…One of those moments you will never forget as long as you live.
What was the most difficult obstacle you had to overcome?
Tearing my SI joint my sophomore year while lifting…it's a joint that connects your pelvic bone and spine, and is an ongoing injury, so especially after distance runs and long workouts, it would kill me like no other.
Do you have any advice for younger runners?
Honestly, your times are a direct result of the work you put into your running. You could be considered a bad athlete, but hard work can make you one of the best runners. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't hit a time or jump, because that's for you to decide.
If you were to change anything about your high school running career…what would you change?
If I could change anything, I would've definitely worked harder on the distance aspect of the sport and worried less about lifting. I also would have put my main focus on running all four years rather than beginning my sophomore year and really getting into the sport my senior year. 
What are your college plans?
I'll be running Track & Field for College of the Holy Cross this upcoming year. I hope to major in Economics & Accounting and eventually move onto grad school for either Law or Finance.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
My utmost appreciation goes to my parents for talking me into running and my teammates for pushing me to my limits, but especially my coach, Dennis Sheppard. He creates a professional relationship with his teammates like no one else and made practice every day worth while. Not only did he know his stuff, but he's made me into the runner I am today…Cannot thank him enough.