2020 Previews

50 Tickets to Brooklyn (#1)

The List

1. Abby VanderKooi, Muskegon Western Michigan Christian

  • Abby busted onto the scene in early 2018 with a mind-blowing 17:05 at Orchard View and has been on a tear ever since
  • Twice an XC State Champion, twice FootLocker qualifier, twice finishing 3rd in the nation, and a FLMW winner (and only halfway through her career)
  • Her 2019 season hit a bit of a lull with some iron issues, but that didn’t affect her winning ways, as she was defeated only once, on a hot day at Spartan
  • She competed in Arizona’s Desert Dream a few weeks ago, emerging as the 3200m victor, running 10:02 for 3200m
    • And also ran 4:49.6 for a full mile the night prior (~4:47.9 1600m)

1. Nathan Walker, Fremont

  • Nathan may end up being the best runner to come through the storied Fremont program
  • He’s been very accomplished already, racking up 3 All-State honors (twice in the top-5) and 2 Regional titles
  • His freshman and sophomore years were very good by any standard, but he’s continued to make progress
  • He finally had a breakthrough in terms of time, running 15:07 at Portage, and a few weeks later, breaking 15:00 at Benzie
    • And apparently has gone 14:50 already this summer
  • Continued his peak into November, qualifying for FootLocker (and in the process, beat 2 of the 3 guys that bested him at MIS), then finishing 28th at Nationals

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