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Latest Peloquin already making presence felt at Gig Harbor High

Freshman Bradley is the latest in a long line of successful Peloquin runners at Gig Harbor High School.
Freshman Bradley is the latest in a long line of successful Peloquin runners at Gig Harbor High School. Staff writer

There’s another Peloquin at Gig Harbor High School, and to the surprise of no one, he runs fast.

Freshman Bradley Peloquin is the latest Peloquin to suit up for the Tides. His three older brothers, Conner (23), Casey (21) and Tristan (class of 2015) all ran for the Tides, along with his older sister, Brenna, Tristan’s twin sister. The twins graduated last spring, going down as two of the school’s most prolific runners ever. But Bradley isn’t feeling the pressure to live up to their accomplishments.

“I don’t know why, I just don’t (feel any pressure),” Peloquin said.

But the accomplishments of his older siblings do drive him.

“I want to do well,” Peloquin said. “I don’t even know if I want to be like them, I just want to run as hard as I can at races and finish and be tired. That’s just how I am.”

He’s ultra-competitive, like his siblings, but already has a mature outlook regarding competition.

“I think the No. 1 thing is just, it’s sports,” Peloquin said. “If, at the end of the day, it doesn’t go well, it’s not the end of the world. Obviously, you want to try your best. I think that’s probably why I don’t have pressure on me.”

In the Sundodger Invitational at Seattle’s Lincoln Park last month, Peloquin finished 11th overall and second on his team (behind only senior Ryan Gregory) with a time of 15 minutes, 45.22 seconds. He had the highest finish among all freshmen in the race.

“I was really happy with that,” Peloquin said. “It’s a really fast course, so it’s the fastest time you’ll run all year.”

Peloquin is already soaking in as much knowledge as he can from head coach and professional runner Mark Wieczorek.

“(Tristan and Brenna) really liked Mark,” Peloquin said. “I think the No. 1 I’ve learned from him is just on easy days, the days you’re supposed to run easy, you’re actually supposed to run easy. I think it’s hard, just because I’m really competitive. Sometimes when you’re feeling good, you just want to go hard. But you don’t want to do that. It might not go well. I think that’s probably the No. 1 thing.”

From his siblings, he learned not to stress out too much about races.

“I remember I used to get super stressed about races,” he said. “They taught me to relax and whatever happens, happens.”

The Tides may not be quite as strong as in years past, but Peloquin still thinks this group can contend at the Class 4A state meet in Pasco.

“I think we’re looking really good,” Peloquin said. “We’re starting to come along.”

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