50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #29

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  • Last summer, I mistakenly had Eliza listed as a future Dexter runner following her superb 8th grade cross year, I knew little of her whole athletic portfolio
  • When she’s not running cross, she’s running point, playing with tenacity and setting up her teammates for easy buckets
  • When she is running cross country, she’s finding the results as well
    • YAP doesn’t belong to a conference in XC, so a majority of Eliza’s races were in major invites
    • And with that steady stream of faster fields, she rose to the occasion, capturing victories at quite a few of the early season ones
  • The confidence gained from those September races served Eliza well come late fall, where she finished 2nd in one of the tougher D3 regionals, then top-10 at State
  • After a long season on the hardwood, track wasn’t a thing, but I’m confident she’ll be sticking her nose in it come fall

9Eliza Bush19:34.4132.9Warrior ClassicLake Erie10-Sep
9Eliza Bush18:33.6151.8HuronWillow18-Sep
9Eliza Bush19:17.1139.3JeffersonSterling State Park25-Sep
9Eliza Bush18:37.1148.6Coaching LegendsHuron Meadows2-Oct
9Eliza Bush19:18.8134.7Hudson BoosterHudson HS9-Oct
9Eliza Bush18:25.9144.7Gabriel RichardHudson Mills (South)16-Oct
9Eliza Bush18:36.4137.9Mark of ExcellenceAirport HS23-Oct
9Eliza Bush18:54.5145.527 Hudson MillsHudson Mills (North)30-Oct
9Eliza Bush18:43.1137.7D3 StateMIS6-Nov

  • He’s come back from a setback before, he’s hungry to do it again
  • Take a peek at that sophomore chart for Colin and you’ll notice a cutoff after what looked to be a superb start to his 10th grade expedition
  • Though a stress fracture derailed his mission in the fall of 2020, he came out of the adversity a stronger runner in the spring of 2021
    • That spring, Colin established himself as one of the sophomores to watch in both the 1600m and 3200m, the concentration on those longer distances giving hope to awards on the grass
  • Those awards came: All-Region, among the best in Kent County and the OK Red, and All-State (outperforming the projections by 20+ spots)
  • Just as he was experiencing a modicum of honors, this winter, another stress injury attempted to throw him off track
  • Drawing on that past comeback, Colin again persevered, hitting personal bests in the 800m and 1600m, those small steps likely giving way to larger ones in September, October, and November

11Colin Graham16:55.2189.9Portage EBPortage West MS20-Aug
11Colin Graham16:17.5196.5BathBath HS11-Sep
11Colin Graham16:06.1202.3Ottawa HillsRiverside Park17-Sep
11Colin Graham16:01.9193.0OK Red 1Grand Haven HS21-Sep
11Colin Graham16:32.0186.7Allendale FalconAllendale HS2-Oct
11Colin Graham16:50.5184.8OK Red 2Macatawa Bay MS5-Oct
11Colin Graham16:39.5189.5PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
11Colin Graham17:07.4186.2Kent OttawaGainey Fields16-Oct
11Colin Graham16:05.8191.1OK Red ConferenceRiverside Park21-Oct
11Colin Graham16:24.6187.11 AllendaleAllendale HS30-Oct
11Colin Graham15:56.9199.0D1 StateMIS6-Nov
11Colin Graham16:22.5191.5MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

10Colin Graham188.6Hudsonville/RockfordEast Rockford MS1-Sep
10Colin Graham191.8Jenison/RockfordEast Rockford MS10-Sep
10Colin Graham181.5Caledonia/RockfordCaledonia HS15-Sep
10Colin Graham188.4Cedar Springs MiniCedar Springs Elementary Grounds19-Sep

9Colin Graham166.3Portage EBPortage West MS
9Colin Graham173.7BathBath HS
9Colin Graham171.9SpartanForest Akers
9Colin Graham175.8Allendale FalconAllendale HS
9Colin Graham169.1PortagePortage West MS
9Colin Graham171.6Kent OttawaGainey Fields
9Colin Graham170.0OK RedRiverside Park
9Colin Graham176.11Benzie Central
9Colin Graham179.6D1 StateMIS

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