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.
Other athletes in your family: My dad also was an NCAA athlete. He played men's volleyball for University of Michigan and my 8th grade twin brother and sister are following in the steps of their brother and currently running XC and track for Seymour Middle School
Person who pushes you or makes you better: My coaches, teammates, and competitors all push me to be the best that I can be.
Your guilty pleasure: I love Lance Armstrong as an athlete still and his book "It's not About the Bike; My Journey Back to Life" is still my favorite of all time
Favorite quote: "The blue jello tastes like America"-camper "If your not breathing hard after singing "In a cabin" you didn't do it right"- Jo-L "Boys I have a question, do you know how to pull a rope?"-Matt Hartzburgh
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.