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  • Flash back to New Balance, standing track side, five laps in and coaches all around asking, “who’s that up front in the black?”
    • Ottawa Hills don’t race much, but when they do, their elite athletes always find a way to the front, Benne another one in a long line of recent greats
  • That New Balance 3200m ended in 8:56.38 and if I’m reading Jeff Hollobaugh’s list correctly, I believe that’s #4 all-time for Michigan juniors
  • The night in early May wasn’t completed without past races – in cross country, Benne had already captured an All-State honor and OK Gold title
    • And the previous spring, reaching as low as 9:21 for the 3200m distance
  • The race did set the stage for the distance upset of the D1 State Finals, Benne sitting patiently on Hough, matching his every move, making the last, decisive move at 150m to bring home the title
  • You could flip a coin between him, Seth, and Hunter and who is ranked where
    • The numbers have the three in this order, mainly because of Hunter’s cross country times and records
  • But between Seth and Benne in Division 1, Seth had the upper hand in cross, Benne ran the faster 3200m in track
    • Seth’s highs were higher in cross, Benne was more consistent, and the consistency reigns supreme in these
  • In 2020, we missed out on Hobbs vs. Hough, I have a feeling karma will work in our favor and we’ll have the best D1 individual matchup this state has seen in years

11Benne Anderson16:04.2200.9Pete MossBenzie Central HS28-Aug
11Benne Anderson16:05.1193.0OK Gold 1 (Cedar Springs)Cedar View Elementary8-Sep
11Benne Anderson16:00.5204.2Ottawa HillsRiverside Park17-Sep
11Benne Anderson15:33.5195.8OK Gold 2Gracewil CC28-Sep
11Benne Anderson15:50.0206.0PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
11Benne Anderson15:48.2198.6OK Gold ConferenceRiverside Park19-Oct
11Benne Anderson15:34.5203.81 AllendaleAllendale HS30-Oct
11Benne Anderson15:22.9210.4D1 StateMIS6-Nov

10Benne Anderson190.5OK Gold 1South Christian Sports Park8-Sep
10Benne Anderson189.0Ottawa HillsRiverside Park18-Sep
10Benne Anderson187.6OK GoldWayland MS29-Sep
10Benne Anderson200.7BengalsRiverside Park9-Oct
10Benne Anderson188.4PR 2Cedar Springs ES24-Oct
10Benne Anderson187.8D1 Reg 1Buckley HS31-Oct
10Benne Anderson195.9D1 StateMIS6-Nov

9Benne Anderson119.7SpartanForest Akers
9Benne Anderson169.9OK WhiteRiverside Park

  • I said at the beginning of the summer that these weren’t necessarily rankings, but a celebration of achievements, an ode to those who have given our sport so much
  • Rachel has racked up the achievements, and in her career, thus far, has given us much to marvel
  • Ann Arbor middle schools don’t post many cross country results, 100% understandable, but we were able to get a glimpse during indoor track in her 8th grade year, where she ran 2:16/5:06
  • Her presence was known immediately upon landing at the high school level, winning 9 of her first 10 races, placing 2nd at D1 State, helping the Pioneers grab a state title
  • Since then, it’s been title after title, record after record, on the state and national stage
    • The title that stands out was this past fall on the cross course, her 17:09 sealing ANOTHER championship for the Pioneer crew
    • Rachel and her Purple TC girls were the talk of the indoor scene, now owning indoor state records in the 4×8 and DMR, capturing national titles and record at New Balance Indoor
  • Unfortunately, outdoor track wasn’t able to occur, it’s not my place to know or ask why, but I do know this – any future with Rachel in it will be a good one, we have been and we will be blessed to have her around

10Rachel Forsyth17:45.0168.7Pete MossBenzie Central HS28-Aug
10Rachel Forsyth17:23.9175.0John Bruder ClassicShepherd HS8-Sep
10Rachel Forsyth18:37.6154.1SEC 1Hudson Mills (South)14-Sep
10Rachel Forsyth17:48.3173.9SpartanForest Akers17-Sep
10Rachel Forsyth18:17.3158.6SEC Red 2Munson Park28-Sep
10Rachel Forsyth17:26.0175.3PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
10Rachel Forsyth18:30.7166.1Freeland FalconFreeland16-Oct
10Rachel Forsyth17:48.3162.9SEC ChampionshipHudson Mills (North)21-Oct
10Rachel Forsyth18:28.3176.25 Lake ErieLake Erie30-Oct
10Rachel Forsyth17:09.3173.9D1 StateMIS6-Nov

9Rachel Forsyth149.7Pioneer/ChelseaPioneer HS2-Sep
9Rachel Forsyth153.7Pioneer/TecumsehHudson Mills (North)12-Sep
9Rachel Forsyth131.0Brighton/PioneerPioneer HS16-Sep
9Rachel Forsyth148.8Northville/PioneerPioneer HS23-Sep
9Rachel Forsyth156.3Pioneer/SalinePioneer HS3-Oct
9Rachel Forsyth161.8SEC RedIndian Creek Park17-Oct
9Rachel Forsyth155.0PR 9Indian Creek Park24-Oct
9Rachel Forsyth160.2D1 Reg 5Lake Erie31-Oct
9Rachel Forsyth163.5D1 StateMIS6-Nov

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