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Page 14 of 67 August 2016 15 then won state in the shot put and was sec- ond in javelin." Was that state championship in track years in the making? "No, I had never done track before," Brenner said, who was twice Oregon Prep Volleyball Player of the Year and once Oregon Prep Basketball Player of the Year. She never thought she would compete in four sports in college either. Well, five if you count her stint in fledgling collegiate beach volleyball. "I got recruited for all of them in high school," Brenner said. "But I knew I wanted to play volleyball for sure. All basketball coaches said no way, if you play volleyball you'll miss half the season. But I was defi- nitely going to try volleyball, softball and track. I had no idea it would turn into four." It probably didn't hurt Brenner that she went to Oregon, where Jordan Kent played football, basketball, and track and field in the mid-2000s. Throughout her career, coaches eventually gave in and gave her special privileges. As in high school, that didn't always sit well with the parents of her teammates. "Especially on club teams I played on for volleyball, basketball and softball," Brenner said. "Parents, they are paying a lot of money to have their kids play to get seen by coaches. I'd miss some games and some practices, and even though I was on the same page of the coaches, the parents were upset. They weren't happy. It was hard for me because I wasn't sitting on the couch doing nothing. I was training in another way." Brenner recently graduated from Oregon with a degree in psychology and minors in business administration and media studies. She is spending the summer as an intern for the Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team and plans to pursue a career in something sports related. "I'd really like to be a volleyball coach," Brenner said. If and when that becomes a reality, you can bet Brenner will have interesting insight to share with her players when it comes to specialization. n ONE-on-ONE t "I say play as many sports as you can for as long as you can. I know specialization is a big idea and a lot of people are pushing it, but I know I'm the athlete I am today because I could play a lot of sports." '' Sarasota | On high-flying bike tracks, grassy spor ts fields, brilliant white-sand beaches, or off the beaten path, you'll find the per fect outlet to let loose. p find the per fect outlet to let loose. S O M E D A Y S A R E PL AY LONGBOAT KEY | ST. ARMANDS | LIDO KEY SIESTA KEY | CASEY KEY | VENICE MANASOTA MANASOTA KEY KEY MANASOTA KEY | ENGLEWOOD ENGLEWOOD | NORTH NORTH PORT PORT NORTH PORT C o u n t y Spo r t s Com mi s s i o n M E A N T F O R

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