Ben Franke is from Seymour, IN and a graduate of Seymour High School.His parents are Tom and Nancy Franke.
The junior is a Health & Movement Studies major at Hanover.
Favorite part of Hanover outside of class: Eating meals.
Favorite quote: "For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not of your own doing, it is a gift from God. Not by no mans work so no one can boast." -Ephesians 2:8-9
Who is your role model: After the obvious answer of my parents who have done so much for me, there are to that really stand out to me. One is Tim Tebow. I admire how he is always quick to give his teammates and The Lord credit for his success on the field. The other is a guy I worked with last summer who goes by Buzz. Buzz is a former runner but more importantly he is a man of God, a motivator, and is one of the kindest and upbeat person I have ever met.
Special sports accomplishments: During 2011 at the Brown County Semi-State, at around the 3K point, I tried to cut inside a runner to take control of the inside of a turn. In doing so I got closer than I thought to my competitor and his right shoe ran against my leg, leaving two 1 foot long cuts down the back of my left leg and ankle. My left shoe also came off in the process and I had to kick it off since I could not step back into it. I ran the last 2K with one shoe and still ran a 17:13, a two second PR. Our team ended up finishing sixth, and beat Terre Haute North by 4 points, to grab the last qualifying spot for state.
Must-hear song before competing: "Tonight" "Eye On It" "Showstopper" and "Me Without You" all by tobymac