"I just love running the hurdles," Concord senior Grant Bass said. "There's no way to explain it."
And the hurdles seem to love Bass right back. He's already been a sectional and regional champ, and he's got his eyes on going even further in his final high school season.
"I remember when I first started running them they looked really really tall," Bass said. "And now, my senior year, they look like the shortest things to jump over."
"He's also pretty mentally tough," Concord track coach CJ Shafer said. "And when you run the 300 meter hurdles, that's a big part of it."
Bass finished 10th in the state last year in the 300 meter hurdles, second among juniors. So a state title this season is a definite possibility.
"He has a pretty legit shot," Shafer said. "He's definitely in the conversation."
But Bass is just as proud of what he's accomplishing outside of sports. Which includes a 3.8 GPA, Student Council, National Honor Society, and much more.
"I work just as hard in the classroom as I work on the track, or, I should say, it's kind of the other way around," Bass said. "Keep my grades up, that's always the way I was raised."
Bass says he's interested in becoming a high school teacher. But he'd like to become a high school champ first, and set a school record.
"I want to come back home with a ring," he said. "First place. And hopefully have my name up on the board and have something here at Concord when I move on."
The wildest part of all of this is, he was never supposed to be able to run well at all.
"Me and my brother were both born with flat feet," Bass said. "And we went and got the opinion of one doctor who told me that it would be very difficult or we may not be able to run very well for the rest of our lives had we not had the issue corrected. My brother did get the surgery. I did not, because I felt that he needed it more. And so here I am today, still running."