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50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #11

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  • One of the things that struck me in the creation of this was how far Annika has come
    • I had always assumed she was great, unheralded, but always great
  • But she started out slow as a freshman, her first four meets all north of 23:00, and only began to transform her times late in that year
    • At the end, a glimpse was seen, a 20:00 at Benzie, a time that set the stage for the coming years
  • In her sophomore campaign, she continued to show flashes, with multiple efforts in the low-19’s
  • Late in her junior year, she began to put the stamp on all that potential and use it for lift herself to podiums
    • Past mid-September, Annika was almost automatically sub-18:30 and along that path, racked up numerous honors
    • All-State, Regional Champ, Kent County champion
  • She may be small in stature, but she exudes confidence, sticking her nose in every race in every which way

GradeNameTimeRatingMeetCourseDate
11Annika Sandman19:42.6135.8Portage EBPortage West MS20-Aug
11Annika Sandman21:52.5129.5HesperiaBaker Woods25-Aug
11Annika Sandman19:24.1135.6Pete MossBenzie Central HS28-Aug
11Annika Sandman19:20.8136.1OK White 1Gainey Fields8-Sep
11Annika Sandman18:29.7155.1BredewegMacatawa Bay MS11-Sep
11Annika Sandman19:12.8142.1Ottawa HillsRiverside Park17-Sep
11Annika Sandman18:22.5146.5OK White 2Riverside Park22-Sep
11Annika Sandman18:18.9145.7Autumn SunriseHeritage Christian School25-Sep
11Annika Sandman18:42.5142.8Allendale FalconAllendale HS2-Oct
11Annika Sandman18:21.9145.4OK White 3Brookside GC6-Oct
11Annika Sandman19:05.1149.0Kent OttawaGainey Fields16-Oct
11Annika Sandman18:26.6151.1OK White 4South Christian HS20-Oct
11Annika Sandman18:14.5149.21 AllendaleAllendale HS30-Oct
11Annika Sandman18:21.7149.8D1 StateMIS6-Nov
11Annika Sandman18:20.5150.8MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

GradeNameRatingMeetCourseDate
10Annika Sandman118.5Pete MossBenzie Central HS29-Aug
10Annika Sandman123.8OK White (GF)Gainey Fields16-Sep
10Annika Sandman129.0Ottawa HillsRiverside Park18-Sep
10Annika Sandman115.8OK White 2Lowell HS23-Sep
10Annika Sandman103.9Bob PerryLowell HS26-Sep
10Annika Sandman131.4Allendale FalconAllendale HS3-Oct
10Annika Sandman133.7Autumn SunriseHeritage Christian10-Oct
10Annika Sandman128.2OK White ChampionshipByron Center West MS14-Oct
10Annika Sandman133.2Kent OttawaGainey Fields17-Oct
10Annika Sandman124.3PR 2Cedar Springs ES24-Oct
10Annika Sandman128.0D1 Reg 1Buckley HS31-Oct
10Annika Sandman120.5D1 StateMIS6-Nov

GradeNameRatingMeetCourse
9Annika Sandman57.7BredewegMacatawa Bay MS
9Annika Sandman73.9Allendale FalconAllendale HS
9Annika Sandman92.3Kent OttawaGainey Fields
9Annika Sandman84.0OK WhiteRiverside Park
9Annika Sandman113.81Benzie Central

  • I don’t know how he does it, but Nicholas consistently and continually finds a way to outperform these rankings 
  • Whether it’s Oakland County last year (projected 8th, finished 2nd), State Finals (projected 18th, finished 13th), or the Meet of Champions (should’ve drafted him), Nicholas is always bringing it 
  • During the past two years, he’s reached sub-16, both instances at State Finals and his first venture into that realm during that year 
  • This past spring, he took giant leaps in both the 1600m and 3200m, dropping from 4:40 to 4:25 and 9:47 to 9:19 
  • All in all, a very lethal combination of improvement and late-season performances, that formula could lead to more great accomplishments in a few months 

GradeNameTimeRatingMeetCourseDate
11Nicholas Negru16:56.2197.6AverillPossum Hollow11-Sep
11Nicholas Negru16:19.4196.2JacksonSharp Park25-Sep
11Nicholas Negru16:17.3196.2Coaching LegendsHuron Meadows2-Oct
11Nicholas Negru16:34.0201.3Oakland CountyPossum Hollow9-Oct
11Nicholas Negru16:42.6196.1LVC ChampionshipPossum Hollow21-Oct
11Nicholas Negru16:27.3201.97 Hess HathawayHess Hathaway30-Oct
11Nicholas Negru15:41.2204.3D1 StateMIS6-Nov
11Nicholas Negru15:41.0205.3MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

GradeNameRatingMeetCourseDate
10Nicholas Negru179.3Lakeland/WLCLakeland HS15-Sep
10Nicholas Negru186.7Walled Lake City MeetGilbert Willis Park1-Oct
10Nicholas Negru189.9Oakland CountyKensington9-Oct
10Nicholas Negru178.5PR 13Kensington23-Oct
10Nicholas Negru190.2D1 Reg 7Clintonwood Park30-Oct
10Nicholas Negru199.1D1 StateMIS6-Nov

GradeNameRatingMeetCourse
9Nicholas Negru169.5A2 Early BirdHuron Meadows
9Nicholas Negru180.6HollySpringfield Oaks
9Nicholas Negru181.2Coaching LegendsHuron Meadows
9Nicholas Negru180.4Oakland CountyKensington
9Nicholas Negru180.4Lakes ValleyKensington
9Nicholas Negru192.47Springfield Oaks
9Nicholas Negru189.6D1 StateMIS

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