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50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #2

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  • This fall, expect to be in awe of Julia’s times
  • With each passing year, she’s set the bar higher and the times lower, her junior season the most impressive yet
  • She went under the rarely broken 17:00 barrier twice, once at Benzie and once at Shepherd
  • Julia has reigned supreme in Northern Michigan also, with two Big North titles and one Northern Michigan title in her career
  • This spring, we saw similar incredible times – she cruised (seriously, completely under control) to a 10:09 at Shepherd, then went 2:09/4:41 in the following weeks
  • Both XC and Track state meets didn’t go her way and that’s the one final hurdle
    • But I don’t think there’s anyone more well-positioned to get there

  • Hunter came into Benzie Central with a ton of expectations and hype, and he’s absolutely blown those out of the water
  • As an 8th grader, he had a dominating cross and track campaign, topped off by a Megastar meet where he ran 4:32/9:34, that 3200m being the top middle school time in the country
  • He’s continued that victorious streak since entering high school, only losing one cross race (to Nathan Walker, nonetheless)
  • What impresses me in his running is his ability to kick off any pace, often ferociously (reminds me of a Woody Kincaid or Grant Fisher)
  • The New Balance 3200m was scorching, the lead pack hit the bell at ~7:56 and he was a few seconds back, but he closed in 60 to break 9:00
  • Adidas Outdoor Nationals told a similar tale, where he stormed back from what looked like an insurmountable gap to win the 5k national title
  • His Michigan track season was pretty darn good as well, where he won the 1600m title in D3 and finished 2nd in both the 800m/3200m
    • In the heat wave of that day, that performance is extremely impressive, but I’m sure he’s motivated to complete the distance triple in 2022

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