Brenna Peloquin began her sports career with gymnastics in kindergarten. In eighth grade, she switched to running, following a family tradition that includes her parents, two older brothers and her twin brother.
The teenager said she wasn’t certain at first that the change from gymnastics was the right choice.
“But when you stick with it, you get to love running, and that’s what I discovered,” she said.
After a great freshman year in high school, Peloquin injured herself but pushed through — creating a long-term problem as a result. Forced to take her sophomore year off, Peloquin cross-trained instead, worried about whether she’d be able to get back to track and cross-country.
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“It was a really hard process. It made me mentally stronger and I realized how much I liked running, once it was taken away,” Peloquin said.
She not only rebounded when she returned, she competed all the way to state at track during her first season back.
Since then, Peloquin has garnered several high achievements in athletics, including setting school records, winning the 3,200-meter race at the state track meet and competing in cross-country nationally, placing in the top 50.
Kevin Eager, a Gig Harbor High School teacher and her track coach, said Peloquin is the top “among a long line of female champions” at the school.
“She’s simply the best we’ve ever had here — not just genetically — but in terms of competitive focus and understanding her body,” he said. “To see an athlete develop the intangibles to go with her talent is a most fulfilling thing for any coach.”
In addition to her athletic commitments, Peloquin has maintained a near-perfect GPA and has been involved in community service, including through her church.
“She approaches community service with a sincere heart and a positive attitude, knowing that she is offering her gifts and talents to help others,” said St. Nicholas Catholic Church Deacon Dale Fickes. “Brenna is generous with her time and has a strong desire to make a difference for those she serves in our community.”
Peloquin plans to attend Boise State University on an athletic and academic scholarship. She will run on the cross-country and track teams, and study to become a nurse.
Her goal is to obtain a bachelor’s of science in nursing, then work for a few years and eventually pursue further education to become a nurse practitioner.
“I really like working with people and science has always interested me,” she said. “Nursing is the perfect world because I can use my knowledge to help people and make them feel better.”