Whiteland junior dashes toward trip to state finals



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Whiteland's Brandon Benson and Brandon Patterson compete in the 100m dash during the 2014 IHSAA Boys Track and Field Sectional at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal


Like many young and impressionable sprinters, Brandon Benson idolizes Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest human who, at 6-foot-5, possesses a stride that makes gazelles envious.

Benson, however, has spent the past couple of months demonstrating there’s more than one way to break a tape.

Standing 5-8, the Whiteland Community High School junior is anything but an imposing presence when lowering himself into a starter’s block.

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