2020 Previews

50 Tickets to Brooklyn (#27)

The List

27. Sophie Novak, Lake Orion

Sophie started her love of running when she won a 0-18 year old division 5k at 8 years old. Since then she juggled her love of running and playing travel soccer at the regional level. After participating in both varsity soccer and track her freshman year, she decided to part ways with soccer and concentrate on reaching her full potential in Cross Country and track. She loves cross country, 1600 and 800 meter races. She is a very dedicated, hardworking student and is proud of her 4.1 GPA. Sophie loves the team friendship and camaraderie the most. Sophie is looking forward to her senior year, and seeing what else she can accomplish.

Tara Novak (Sophie’s Mother)
  • Incredible track ability with range, 2:12/4:49 as a sophomore (and 4:55 in January) had her ranked extremely high nationally for her class
  • 3x All-State, 2x Regional Champ
  • Reigning Oakland County Champ in the 800/1600
  • 2019 XC season started slow, but peaked hard late with her first sub-18, a higher rated State Meet, and an even higher rated MITCA Meet (18:13, 161.9)

27. Ben Clason, Forest Hills Eastern

  • Ben is another one on that steady improvement track
  • Has dropped nearly 2:00 from his PR set as a freshman
  • From his 2019 track season (9:42 3200m), one could see his cross season in the cards
  • Broke 16:00 early at Saranac and nearly hit that mark on multiple other occasions
  • Extremely consistent late, running almost identical performances at Otsego Bulldog, Portage, Regional, and State
  • His 12th place at MIS was his highest finish, slicing 75 spots off his finish from 2018. 

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