“He really became a leader when Adrian Glover was here and saw what it took to be a champion,” Stucker added. “This past summer he became a vocal leader as well as a leader by example. You don’t have very many kids like that, so he has really helped our team flourish.”
Breedlove has steadily improved on the cross country course over the back half of his prep career, as well. As a junior, he finished sixth in the Logansport Sectional and 13th at the Culver Academy Regional to qualify for the semistate.
He returned as a senior and established himself as one of the top runners in the state, taking sectional runner-up honors before placing eighth in the regional and 12th in the New Prairie Semistate to qualify for the state finals, where he finished 72nd to grab IATCCC 4A All-State honorable mention honors. He was also an academic all-state honorable mention selection.
“No one works harder than Jeremy,” Stucker said. “He comes from a fine family. ... He’s the total package. Everyone would love to have him as their son.”
IUPUI’s men’s cross country and track programs are coached by Chuck Koeppen, who earned acclaim as Carmel High School’s boys and girls cross country coach, leading the Greyhounds to a combined 22 state titles in 37 seasons. He also guided the Hounds’ boys track team to a state title in 2000.
IUPUI’s men’s cross country squad finished third in the Summit League Championships last fall before taking 11th in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
The track and field program only competes in distance events, something Breedlove found additionally appealing.
“It’ll be a transition going from being one of the top runners around here towards the back of the pack once I get to college,” Breedlove added. “I’m really excited for that, because it’ll give me goals and I’ll always be able to push myself really hard. I’m going to give it my best effort and see where that takes me.”