50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #43

The List

  • You know, I talk all the time about the effect of certain coaches, but I haven’t said much about Coach Collette’s effect on the West Michigan Aviation squad last year
  • Although it didn’t end in a state meet berth, there was a noticeable improvement in many of their runners, Emma being a prime example
  • She flashed some potential and attained some results as a freshman, winning the Alliance League, breaking 20:00, qualifying for State
  • 2021 was a season where she cashed in on that potential, withdrawing a 10th(!) place finish at MIS
  • The Aviators took off /glided/reached Mach 4 (you pick the bad pun) in October, Emma was at the forefront of their ascent (I can’t help myself)
  • A 19:15 at Portage was a personal best, that was followed by another best at the Alliance Conference meet, and another one at State
  • Not satisfied with just one championship season peak, she doubled back on that come track, running personal bests in the 1600m at Regionals and State, narrowly missing an All-State selection

10Emma DeVries20:06.4123.9Alliance League 1Calvary Laketown1-Sep
10Emma DeVries19:26.2125.3SpartaFruitridge Hayrides18-Sep
10Emma DeVries20:39.5142.2Alliance League 3Johnson Park6-Oct
10Emma Devries19:15.1139.0PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
10Emma DeVries19:36.8138.4Kent OttawaGainey Fields16-Oct
10Emma DeVries19:08.1127.3Alliance ConferenceFruitport Calvary Christian19-Oct
10Emma DeVries19:56.9138.414 SFRCSt. Francis Retreat Center29-Oct
10Emma DeVries18:55.9138.0D2 StateMIS6-Nov

9Emma DeVries83.3Ravenna BulldogRavenna HS8-Sep
9Emma DeVries106.2Harriers for HopePeacock Tree Farm19-Sep
9Emma DeVries115.2Alliance 1Johnson Park23-Sep
9Emma DeVries114.8Allendale FalconAllendale HS3-Oct
9Emma DeVries120.9Autumn SunriseHeritage Christian10-Oct
9Emma DeVries123.1PR 26South Christian Sports Park23-Oct
9Emma DeVries124.1D2 Reg 13Otsego HS31-Oct
9Emma DeVries117.0D2 StateMIS6-Nov

  • Clayton is just one in a line of Ackleys and Enns that have found success in our sport
    • His parents both ran for Cornerstone, his sisters Alayna (15th at the D2 10k), Lynae, Savannah, and Adelyn (broke 16:00/34:00 this past season) are all running in college, his cousins, the Enns have millions of All-States to their name, I could keep going
  • It would be easy to let the pressure of others success inhibit one’s love for running, be a burden on the start line, but Clayton has gone the opposite direction, and appears primed to make even more a name for himself in the coming year
  • As a Hart teammate, he has been able to contribute to the Pirates immense accomplishments in the past three years, a top-5 team in each of those years
  • He always seems to bring his best performance for that stage, whether that be an 8 sec. PB this past year or stepping up as their 2nd runner as a freshman
  • He brought that same energy to Kent City in early June as well, nailing a 10+ sec. PB to finish 4th in the 3200m

11Clayton Ackley16:54.7184.1Pete MossBenzie Central HS28-Aug
11Clayton Ackley17:00.1182.0Leanne Wolf GeersMason County Fairgrounds9-Sep
11Clayton Ackley16:59.8184.7WMD 1Walkerville14-Sep
11Clayton Ackley16:42.0194.0SpartanForest Akers17-Sep
11Clayton Ackley16:38.0183.3WMC 2Montague HS21-Sep
11Clayton Ackley16:46.7186.4Cougar FalconGainey Fields25-Sep
11Clayton Ackley16:34.5187.5BluejayShepherd HS2-Oct
11Clayton Ackley16:40.7189.1PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
11Clayton Ackley18:44.6183.1WMC ChampShelby HS12-Oct
11Clayton Ackley16:52.4175.9Hart & SoleColonial GC16-Oct
11Clayton Ackley16:41.7179.8Mel HallSpring Lake HS23-Oct
11Clayton Ackley16:27.2177.320 BenzieBenzie Central HS30-Oct
11Clayton Ackley16:19.3188.2D3 StateMIS6-Nov
11Clayton Ackley16:39.5185.8MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

10Clayton Ackley181.5Pete MossBenzie Central HS29-Aug
10Clayton Ackley168.7Wolf GeersMason County Fairgrounds10-Sep
10Clayton Ackley169.3LudingtonWest Shore CC19-Sep
10Clayton Ackley168.1WMC OakridgeOakridge HS22-Sep
10Clayton Ackley173.5Cougar FalconGainey Fields26-Sep
10Clayton Ackley181.9Allendale FalconAllendale HS3-Oct
10Clayton Ackley162.7WMC ConferenceUniversity Park GC13-Oct
10Clayton Ackley171.1PR 40Manistee HS23-Oct
10Clayton Ackley168.3D3 Reg 20Buckley HS31-Oct
10Clayton Ackley177.6D3 StateMIS7-Nov

9Clayton Ackley171.2Pete MossBenzie Central
9Clayton Ackley157.8SpartanForest Akers
9Clayton Ackley150.2Allendale FalconAllendale HS
9Clayton Ackley164.8PortagePortage West MS
9Clayton Ackley180.2Mel HallSpring Lake HS
9Clayton Ackley176.320Benzie Central
9Clayton Ackley179.9D3 StateMIS

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