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50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #19

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  • Connell was far and away the best freshman boy during last year’s cross campaign
  • He was the only 9th grader to break 16:00, and by the ratings, was at least 40 seconds better on average than anyone else in his grade
  • That resulted in some accomplishments as well, an All-State performance at MIS (coupled with Chelsea’s 4th place finish as a team)
    • Making this all the more impressive, I know he was battling some nasal issues late in the season that needed correction… very tough
  • The accomplishments continued into track, as he doubled at the State Meet and medaled in both the 1600m and 3200m
    • And to the shock of no one, he had the fastest 1600m time of any freshman
  • He comes into this sport as an accomplished mountain biker, and I’m sure the fearless attitude those bikers display is an advantage on the cross course

  • Ottawa Hills always has a girl, whether it be Madison Ebright, Adit Dau, or now Selma Anderson
  • Selma had a solid middle school career with quite a few sub-13 races, along with a few mid-19 5k’s to her name
  • But nothing would’ve have foretold the massive drop between 8th and 9th grades
  • She dropped her 5k best from 19:27 to 18:24 and ran quite a few mid-18 races to prove that was no fluke
  • Ottawa Hills runs a very light schedule, but they tend to race very well when it matters – so did Selma with no subpar races in the mix
    • 4th at Regionals, 2nd at OK Gold, and 27th at D1 State
  • Although she didn’t qualify for State in track, she was able to drop time (most notably 11:02 in the 3200m) that almost ensures an uptick in her cross country performances

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