50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #23

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  • I’ll just say this: having Northville’s depth is intimidating enough, pairing that depth with two young, yet experienced frontrunners will be devastating to much of their competition
  • The numbers here have Ella and Cassie right next to each other, less than a second apart, and their accomplishments bear that out
  • During championship cross country races, their times were nearly identical
    • Wayne County: 19:20 for Ella, 19:24 for Cassie
    • KLAA: 18:51.8 for each
    • State: 18:52 for Cassie, 18:54 for Ella
    • Meet of Champions: 19:03 for Ella, 19:05 for Cassie
  • Ella didn’t show up in high school an absolute superstar, it’s taken some work to get there
    • Prior to October of her freshman year, she hadn’t broken 20:00 in a race
    • Since then, over 75% of her races have been sub-20
  • During track, she was able to show off some mid-distance ability, breaking 5:00 in the 1600m (which in our insane state environment, “only” placed 15th), and sprinting to a 2:19.5 in the 800m
  • Despite the above talk of her teammates, don’t ignore her individual accomplishments, they will be plenty in the coming years

10Ella Christensen20:23.9123.0LamplighterFord Field20-Aug
10Ella Christensen19:45.3128.6Pete MossBenzie Central HS28-Aug
10Ella Christensen19:12.9134.4Ramblin’ RockWillow11-Sep
10Ella Christensen19:58.2130.6SpartanForest Akers17-Sep
10Ella Christensen19:25.0138.7Mott Fall ClassicHess Hathaway24-Sep
10Ella Christensen19:07.6136.1DeWittDeWitt HS2-Oct
10Ella Christensen19:20.4137.2Wayne CountyWillow9-Oct
10Ella Christensen19:36.8144.1Freeland FalconFreeland16-Oct
10Ella Christensen18:51.8140.4KLAA ChampionshipHuron Meadows21-Oct
10Ella Christensen19:32.6134.86 Hudson MillsHudson Mills (North)30-Oct
10Ella Christensen18:54.0139.0D1 StateMIS6-Nov
10Ella Christensen19:03.3136.6MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

9Ella Christensen105.9Northville/SalemWillow12-Sep
9Ella Christensen110.0Canton/NorthvilleCass Benton16-Sep
9Ella Christensen102.4Northville/PioneerPioneer HS23-Sep
9Ella Christensen116.0Northville/PlymouthCass Benton29-Sep
9Ella Christensen118.6HansonsFreedom Hill3-Oct
9Ella Christensen113.0Brighton/NorthvilleHuron Meadows6-Oct
9Ella Christensen120.0West OttawaRiverside Park10-Oct
9Ella Christensen123.7KLAAHuron Meadows17-Oct
9Ella Christensen114.3PR 15Novi HS24-Oct
9Ella Christensen115.0D1 Reg 8Chandler Park30-Oct
9Ella Christensen122.3D1 StateMIS6-Nov

  • You could see the inklings during the 2021 track season, Braylon’s freshman year
    • His 1600m ranked 6th amongst all 9th graders, his 3200, 12th      
  • Those rankings don’t mean squat when a new season comes along, unless you’re Mr. Petty, then they’re just an obvious part of the story
  • His coming out party on the cross course came at Huron Meadows in late August, where he ran 16:32, nearly a 20 second PR
  • That early season breakout gave way to a season where he was sub-17 in the rest of his races (after being below that mark once as a freshman)
    • Those fast times led to numerous honors, top-10’s at every single race, up there in high-profile meets such as Cougar Falcon, Otsego Bulldog, along with all the championship competitions
  • And as he always does, cross was built on into track, where his 9:39 ranks 12th for anyone that was a sophomore and younger
  • Just as Ella and Cassie for Northville, Braylon will join Aidan Smith as another pair of teammates as low sticks in the D2 ranks

10Braylon Petty17:13.6196.1Lenawee County PreviewTecumseh HS21-Aug
10Braylon Petty18:04.0174.7Bert CebulskiHeritage Park (Adrian)26-Aug
10Braylon Petty16:32.2195.3A2 Early BirdHuron Meadows2-Sep
10Braylon Petty16:25.2197.9SEC 1Hudson Mills (South)14-Sep
10Braylon Petty16:18.8197.7HuronWillow18-Sep
10Braylon Petty16:19.3195.6Cougar FalconGainey Fields25-Sep
10Braylon Petty16:57.9199.0SEC White 2Bennett Park28-Sep
10Braylon Petty16:06.8196.4Otsego BulldogOtsego HS2-Oct
10Braylon Petty16:43.1187.6Lenawee CountyGerber Hill Park16-Oct
10Braylon Petty16:28.6190.1SEC ChampionshipHudson Mills (North)21-Oct
10Braylon Petty16:17.5191.5D2 StateMIS6-Nov
10Braylon Petty16:12.7194.8MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

9Braylon Petty155.8Adrian/Chelsea/Tecumseh TriHeritage Park (Adrian)26-Aug
9Braylon Petty155.8Adrian/Dexter/Tecumseh TriHeritage Park (Adrian)4-Sep
9Braylon Petty160.5Adrian/Hudson/Skyline/TecumsehHeritage Park (Adrian)12-Sep
9Braylon Petty176.1JacksonSharp Park19-Sep
9Braylon Petty164.8Adrian/Pinckney/TecumsehHeritage Park26-Sep
9Braylon Petty168.6Adrian/BedfordIndian Creek Park3-Oct
9Braylon Petty174.4PR 35Heritage Park (Adrian)24-Oct
9Braylon Petty178.5D2 Reg 18Lake Erie31-Oct
9Braylon Petty181.8D2 StateMIS6-Nov

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