Brian Hesson (2012)

About Brian Hesson

Brian Hesson of Caldwell’s Class of ‘93 remains to date one of Ohio’s most decorated cross country and track athletes. A 17 time All-Ohio athlete, Brian was the premiere distance runner in the State of Ohio from the fall of 1990 to the spring of 1993. Winning eight individual State titles and earning All-American status three times at the Kinney (now Footlocker) National Championships, Brian helped Caldwell High school teams to a winning streak of eight consecutive State Championship titles in cross country—still the record regardless of gender or division. From Caldwell to the University of Alabama, Brian wasted no time making an immediate impact on the Crimson Tide program. By making the 1994 US Junior National Team. From that point on, he continued to be a vital part of the Alabama distance program, attaining All-SEC honors in cross country and track and was a three time NCAA Championship qualifier. Perhaps one of the biggest highlights of his career was in the 1997 SEC Championships. Over the three days of competition, Brian placed in the 10K (30:24) on Friday, the steeplechase (9:19) on Saturday, and the 5K (14:31) on Sunday. Following the 1997-1998 season, Brian was recognized by the University of Alabama with the Career Achievement Award. Brian still lives in the Caldwell area (Macksburg, OH) and continues to be an inspiration to the Caldwell tradition of State Championship competition.

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