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William Thomas vs. Nolan Nixon for the best flow in Michigan XC

  • William finished his freshman season on a roll and has been on the ascent ever since
  • He’s gradually gotten better every year, going from breaking 17:00 in 9th grade to breaking 16:00 this past year
  • One of the top returners in Oakland County, where he looks to best his 6th place finish last year
  • Despite those quick times, he’s been on the wrong end of a very tough region and missed qualifying for MIS in 2018 and 2019
  • He pulled through this year, finishing 6th
  • It would be easy to just be happy to be there, but he ran one of his better races of the year on that first Saturday in November
  • His track season showed similar progress, where he dropped nearly a minute from his previous best (10:35 to 9:43)

I always feel like I have to do some convincing when I give notice to the incoming freshman, so here you go:

  • Undefeated in her cross country season, which is impressive given that she had to go against her Saline teammates
    • Those Saline teammates (they’re STACKED at the 9th grade level) have multiple sub-5:40/11:40’s to their names
  • Ran 9:15 at Portage in 2019 as a 7th grader, right along with Helen Sachs (who ran a 10:44 3200m this year) and a similar time to notable names such as Madelyn Frens, Drew Muller, Emily Tomes, amongst others
  • Middle school rating is very similar to Jayden Harberts and Katie Watkins, two girls that broke 19:00 this past season

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