Max Tenbraak is usually a “lock” to be noticed at cross country meets. The Heritage senior typically is among the leading group of runners to finish a race, but it's his locks of hair that many …
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Max Tenbraak is usually a “lock” to be noticed at cross country meets.
The Heritage senior typically is among the leading group of runners to finish a race, but it's his locks of hair that many people notice most.
And, his hair is shorter than usual this season after he got a mullet haircut with racing stripes last season before the state cross country meet but claimed it was "really bad" and shaved off all his hair.
"I think the hair started because I got busy, got lazy and got behind in getting my hair cut,” explained Tenbraak. “I found that I liked long hair. My dad doesn't have a lot of hair and he said I should enjoy it while I have it. He figures I will probably have thin hair like him."
Tenbraak played soccer as a freshman at Heritage before concentrating on cross country and track.
“I've always been very good at it and have enjoyed running,” he said. “It's a great way to push myself and see what I'm capable of. The mental toughness aspect is very important."
Tenbraak ran a time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds at the Cherry Creek Steve Lohman Invitational on Aug. 25 and finished with a 16:44 at the Warrior Invitational on Aug. 31.
The coach's take:
“He is one of our top runners and he is a very good student. Last spring in track, he ran most of a race after losing one of his shoes.”
— Brian Runyon, Heritage boys cross country coach
What's your favorite pre-game meal?
Usually I don't eat a whole lot before a race because I get nervous. I usually have a sandwich of whole wheat, turkey and cheddar cheese.
Who is your favorite athlete?
For running, I should say Steve Prefontaine, but I also really like basketball and there's a guy from the Denver Nuggets named Gary Harris who is a really good player and seems like a nice guy.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
A lot it comes from within but also there are teammates that I want to do well for and help the team do as well as possible.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
I really like history. It is very interesting with all the parallels of things that are happening in the past and are currently happening and just how much society and things have changed in terms of technology, social and economic aspects of how people make their livings.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I like to play basketball and I really like music a lot. I play the piano.
What are your plans after high school?
Hopefully go to college, major in engineering and find a career in that. I will probably run in college as well.
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