International athletics star in the making, Shane Brosnan posted the latest in the string of strong indicators of his rise through the ranks with a third place finish in the High School Invitational Mile at the famed Millrose Games in New York at the end of January.
The race was run and won in a new record time and Shane finished in a time of 4:09 – a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed in the states.
It all bodes well for the youngster who only recently committed to Harvard University – as we told you here just before Christmas – and there he will be joining the track team in August.
Grandparents in Castleisland
In the meantime, he is involved in the high school indoor season before returning to the outdoors.
It was while on a visit to the home of his grandparents here in Castleisland last July that the New Jersey, USA based athlete ran for An Ríocht AC in Templemore and he won the Munster U-20 3000m at the meeting.
Shane Brosnan is a son of Tracey and the Cahernard born, New Jersey domiciled Séamus Brosnan and a grandson of Denis and Catherine.
After returning to the USA from the trip to Ireland, Shane started training for the cross country season.
His high school coach set some lofty goals and Shane and his team signed up for them.
Within a few races Shane smashed a 23 year old record while winning the county championship. He and his teammates progressed to the state sectional finals where he won again leading the team to their first sectional win ever.
This qualified them for the New Jersey state finals. Shane came third and, again, lead his team to their first state win.
In the course of 2021 Shane also went on to qualify for the U.S. national individual cross country championship by placing fifth in the northeast region with over 300 runners.
This race was watched in person by his grandparents Denis and Catherine Brosnan who were visiting at the time.
While it is hoped he would run in the singlet of An Ríocht Athletic Club again in 2022, his schedule looks like that of an emerging athletics star – but club and family members are hopeful that it will happen.
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