CCHS standout runs his way to Black Hills State University

Campbell County star runner Braik Hurm signs his National Letter of Intent alongside his parents Anna Gillespie and Travis Hurm. (Photo courtesy of Braik Hurm)

Campbell County High School cross-county and track standout Braik Hurm is an example of hard work pays off. All the senior has done is drop his times on an impressive pace the past three years and it has now paid off in the form of a college scholarship.

Hurm started his new year by solidifying his athletic future. He signed a national letter of intent last week to compete in both cross-county and track at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., a Division II program in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Numbers don’t lie and Hurm has steadily reduced his times over the course of his sophomore through senior seasons. All that hard work paid off when he recorded his fastest time at the Wyoming High School Activities Association’s state meet last November.

CCHS cross-country standout Braik Hurm is in a typical spot as he runs ahead of the pack and among the leaders of the race. (RJ Morgan/County 17)

As one of the star runner for the Camels, Hurm captured a career-best fifth place at the 4A finals where he clocked a personal state-best state time of 16 minutes, 36.67 seconds. He completed the 3-mile course 15 seconds faster from just a week earlier at the 4A East Conference championships.

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That’s just the tip of Hurm’s fantastic rise in the sport. He shaved nearly three minutes off his time in only two years.

Just a year ago, he was 46th at the state meet where he was about a minute slower at 17:38.25, and he was 66th overall as a sophomore at the WHSAA finals where he crossed the finish line in 19:08.31, almost three minutes off his time this year.

Hurm’s rise as one of the best in Wyoming blended well with a talented CCHS team that has been rebuilding for years. He was tops on a speedy team that gave the Camels their best season in six years, since the split of the high schools.

After competing in track for the final five months of his high school career, Hurm will pack up and move on to the next level where he has his sights set on cutting more time off his personal bests and at greater distances and against stiffer competition.