Teen finishes first in Suffolk County 10K

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Brayden Clements, a senior at Patchogue-Medford High School, recently won the Catholic Health Suffolk County 10K race and was the first overall finisher.

Clements runs on the varsity cross-country and track and field teams at Patchogue-Medford High School and is also a member of the National Honor Society.

According to his father, Adam Clements, not only is he a varsity runner but he is also an honor roll student who has overcome learning disabilities on the spectrum.

A Patchogue resident, Clements, 17, said he has been a runner since he was 10 years old and enjoys running year-round. He also plans to run in college and recently applied to St. Joseph’s College, undecided about his major.

“I am very proud of myself,” he said. “It was a huge race for me, I was overjoyed.”

Though his father was running, too, his mother, Erin Clements, witnessed the winning moment at the finish line, screaming and jumping along the way.

“She was going bananas,” Adam Clements said. “We are so proud of how hard he works and all his accomplishments in school and running.”

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