Prep track: Manistique’s Broullire going to West Point Academy

MANISTIQUE – A childhood dream is about to turn into reality for Kenner Broullire.

The Manistique High School senior will leave Schoolcraft County this summer to attend West Point Military Academy, where he plans to run track next season.

“I’m very excited about it,” Broullire said. “This is something I’ve dreamed of since I was little, not only about going to the academy. But I’ve always dreamed of playing college sports.

“I think this will be very fulfilling. I’m looking forward to seeing how I match up with everybody there.”

Broullire, whose tentative plan is to major in economics, will report to the academy on July 1 for six weeks of basic training.

“That will be very demanding,” Broullire said. “Yet, this is also a way to develop some leadership skills and an opportunity to serve my country.

“During your freshmen year, they do a lot of things that don’t seem to have a purpose. But in the end, everything has a purpose.”

Acceptance into the academy is a two-part process, Broullire said.

“First, you need to get a nomination by a congressman,” he said. “Then, you can apply to an institution of higher learning of your choice.

“There’s actually five you can apply to. I applied only to the Naval Academy and West Point, and the only one which accepted me was West Point.”

Broullire, the Upper Peninsula Division 1 record holder in the 300-meter hurdles (39.74 seconds), is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to compete in major college (NCAA Division 1) track.

“This is something I’ve very excited about,” he said. “They’re in the Patriot League, but they compete against quite a few Ivy League schools. I believe they also go to the Penn State Relays, which is a very prestigious event.”

According to West Point assistant (sprint) coach Rondell Ruff, Broullire will start by running sprints as a freshman, with the possibility of resuming the hurdle races as a sophomore or junior.

“He (Ruff) has never seen me run,” Broullire said. “First off, the level of competition will be very high. I’m just hoping I can help the team.

“Another thing I’m looking forward to putting on a different uniform. Not only will I be representing the school, but I’ll be representing the entire United States.”

Broullire is well aware of the challenges in store, such as balancing athletics with academics.

“The academics is what I’m mostly concerned about,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be tough. The academy is Ivy League-caliber academically.

“The school is known for its engineering program, but I don’t think of myself as an engineer. That’s why I’m (tentatively) planning to major in economics.”