Brandon Patterson wasn’t doing himself any favors by mentally sizing up the competition before his varsity track and field debut in early March.
The sprinters settling into starting blocks were older, larger and more experienced than the Whiteland Community High School freshman — grounds for a slight measure of intimidation,
to be sure.
Then the gun sounded to begin Heat 4 of the 55-meter dash at the annual Hoosier Qualifier at Indiana Wesleyan University. It was here Patterson’s athletic instincts took over.