On many fronts, Jeremy Breedlove has received a top-notch education on what it takes to succeed as a distance runner during his four years at Kokomo High School.
As a teammate of current Brigham Young University runner Adrian Glover, Breedlove saw the dedication and work ethic it took to reach the NCAA Division I level.
And, after suffering a broken foot on two separate occasions during his sophomore season, he learned the importance of proper mechanics and footwear.
Breedlove has made the most of those lessons, signing this week to continue his track and cross country careers at IUPUI.
”I really just like the team and atmosphere and felt it was a good fit. I’m pretty happy with the decision,” Breedlove said. “It definitely feels good to say with 100 percent assurance that I know exactly where I’m going. Now, all I have to worry about is getting my times down as far as I can to get ready for tournament time.”
Breedlove is a two-time Kokomo Sectional runner-up in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for the Wildkats’ track and field program, doing so in both his sophomore and junior campaigns.
He was unable to run in the regional meet as a sophomore due to a recurring foot problem that initially kept him out of the cross country postseason that fall.
However, with better knowledge of proper foot care, he enjoyed a fully healthy junior track campaign, and finished the season with an eighth-place finish in the 1,600 and 10th-place finish in the 3,200 at last season’s regional meet.
Kokomo cross country coach Ricke Stucker, who also works with the Kats’ track and field distance athletes, has seen Breedlove grow immensely over the past four years.
“He has listened a lot better,” Stucker explained. “He was hurt early in his career because he was using the wrong kind of shoes and wearing them too long. He finally bought into our shoe philosophy and has really flourished in his junior and senior years.