As Buffalo Gap's Tom Cromer prepares for a run, it's not only about being physically ready at the start, it's also about being mentally ready for the challenge.
“It's not so much the enjoyment of running, although it is kind of relaxing to me, and it's satisfying to compete in a sport that's challenging,” said Tom.
His coach says his dedication stands out.
“Tom's a natural leader, he has been for the last two years. He works to make himself better each and every day, and it has put him where he is now,” said his coach Wayne Paxton.
Tom's become one of the best at what he does, at the district, regional and state levels. He's also one of the best in the classroom.
“So I can get into the colleges that I want, and that will lead me in the direction I want to go, to get the career I want,” said Tom.
His teacher says he's a role model in the classroom.
“Tom is one of those kids you wish you had more of. He is a model student, always on time, never misses class. I really enjoy him, this is the second time I've had him,” said his teacher Amelia Coltrane.
The race Tom is running, is only at the midway point, but he already has his sights set on what's next for him, once he crosses the finish line.
“Virginia Tech is probably my top option, being that I want to major in some Animal Science or Biology, to go into Veterinary Science,” said Tom.
Tom Cromer's success on the cross country course and in the classroom is why he's WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week.
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