50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #46

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  • I love to spin a tale of remarkable improvement, but Griffin has just been remarkably good his whole career
  • He reached great heights as a freshman, slipping into the 16’s late at Regionals
  • He hit his first state qualifier as a sophomore, along with an All-Oakland County finish
  • Then as a junior, finished higher at Regionals, higher at State, and higher at County
  • One might see his personal best “only” improve by 27 seconds across the three years, but his accomplishments as a junior far outweigh those as a freshman, and when you finish Top-10 at the toughest county meet in the country, you’re doing damn well
  • In track, he’s been able to display some serious strength, having run multiple sub-10 efforts in the 3200m despite a 1600m best of 4:40
  • He’s been a near qualifier in that 32, hopefully 2023’s spring season can be the breakthrough

11Griffin Conway16:51.3193.9LamplighterFord Field20-Aug
11Griffin Conway17:21.6195.1South LyonIsland Lake28-Aug
11Griffin Conway16:24.3191.9Ramblin’ RockWillow11-Sep
11Griffin Conway16:52.6190.5SpartanForest Akers17-Sep
11Griffin Conway17:03.7191.4Oakland CountyPossum Hollow9-Oct
11Griffin Conway16:41.3184.2KLAA ChampionshipHuron Meadows21-Oct
11Griffin Conway16:57.6185.86 Hudson MillsHudson Mills (North)30-Oct
11Griffin Conway16:40.5184.5D1 StateMIS6-Nov

10Griffin Conway169.0Brighton/NoviHuron Meadows29-Aug
10Griffin Conway175.0Hartland/NoviHartland HS12-Sep
10Griffin Conway166.1Canton/NoviNovi HS22-Sep
10Griffin Conway166.9Novi/SalemNovi HS29-Sep
10Griffin Conway180.3Oakland CountyKensington9-Oct
10Griffin Conway182.4KLAAHuron Meadows17-Oct
10Griffin Conway179.4PR 15Novi HS24-Oct
10Griffin Conway176.5D1 Reg 8Chandler Park30-Oct
10Griffin Conway176.9D1 StateMIS6-Nov

9Griffin Conway170.3South LyonIsland Lake
9Griffin Conway172.3Ramblin RockWillow
9Griffin Conway174.0HollySpringfield Oaks
9Griffin Conway171.9Oakland CountyKensington
9Griffin Conway174.3KLAAHuron Meadows

  • Speaking of remarkably good, how does three for three on the All-State podium sound?
  • No matter the division, no matter the year, Hannah always shows up when it counts
  • Her career is littered with outstanding performances, but I think 2021 contained the best of the bunch, back-to-back 18:35’s at Cadillac and Shepherd, followed up by 18:48 at Portage on a tougher course
  • Hannah has many accolades on the cross course, but track is where she truly shines, a true mid-distance girl
  • She showed that prowess in her initial track season, grabbing 12th in the 400 at D2 State
  • Then as a junior, smashed the 60 sec. barrier late in the year on her way to a 3rd place finish at D3 State

And for the first time ever, you get video footage! Look at those wheels!

Apologies to P-W, that’s just a great anchor leg

11Hannah Pricco19:53.0146.3Michigan CatholicSt. Francis Retreat Center28-Aug
11Hannah Pricco18:57.0145.7Lansing Catholic Mini 1St. Francis Retreat Center9-Sep
11Hannah Pricco19:14.0141.0Lansing Catholic Mini 2St. Francis Retreat Center17-Sep
11Hannah Pricco18:51.6120.1CAAC White 1Burchfield Park21-Sep
11Hannah Pricco18:35.1143.3CadillacVeterans Serving Veterans Park25-Sep
11Hannah Pricco18:35.2147.3BluejayShepherd HS2-Oct
11Hannah Pricco20:02.0128.3CAAC White 2St. Francis Retreat Center5-Oct
11Hannah Pricco18:48.3147.9PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
11Hannah Pricco19:16.5137.8Greater LansingLedge Meadows GC16-Oct
11Hannah Pricco19:33.8122.4CAAC White 3Portland HS21-Oct
11Hannah Pricco19:56.8140.724 SFRCSt. Francis Retreat Center29-Oct
11Hannah Pricco18:41.4138.2D3 StateMIS6-Nov

10Hannah Pricco132.4Michigan CatholicSt. Francis Retreat Center29-Aug
10Hannah Pricco135.7Fowlerville/LC/ParchmentSt. Francis Retreat Center9-Sep
10Hannah Pricco121.7Eaton Rapids ClassEaton Rapids HS15-Sep
10Hannah Pricco137.0Lansing Catholic QuadSt. Francis Retreat Center18-Sep
10Hannah Pricco137.6CAAC WhiteSt. Francis Retreat Center22-Sep
10Hannah Pricco133.6CAAC WhiteIonia HS6-Oct
10Hannah Pricco136.6Greater LansingLedge Meadows10-Oct
10Hannah Pricco137.6PR 27St. Francis Retreat Center24-Oct
10Hannah Pricco143.4D2 Reg 14DeWitt HS31-Oct
10Hannah Pricco141.4D2 StateMIS6-Nov

9Hannah Pricco144.4Michigan CatholicSt. Francis Retreat Center
9Hannah Pricco148.7MarauderUncle John’s
9Hannah Pricco140.0SpartanForest Akers
9Hannah Pricco145.4BlueJayShepherd HS
9Hannah Pricco140.5Greater LansingLedge Meadows
9Hannah Pricco144.614Uncle John’s
9Hannah Pricco147.6D2 StateMIS

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  • I swear this is the last time I’ll use this hashtag all summer, but Morgan is another example of #TheSkrollEffect
  • To go from the high-23’s as a freshman to low-19’s in only a year is fairly incredible
    • And judging by those track times, she’s got more growth in her as well
  • Morgan really stepped into her bag in the spring of ’21, her openers at 2:33/5:41 that eventually got down to 2:20/5:19
  • After a rustbusting opener at Kensington, she laid down a 19:14 at Willow, looking to match the Churchill boys on a magical season
  • But that was unfortunately cut short, she was unable to compete at Regional, and thus State
  • Folks such as myself were wondering if she’d return to her prior form in track, she sure swept away those wonders, with multiple sub-5:05 efforts to close the year

10Morgan Brown21:32.0107.6MilfordPossum Hollow2-Sep
10Morgan Brown19:14.8133.7Ramblin’ RockWillow11-Sep
10Morgan Brown20:23.8122.1SpartanForest Akers17-Sep
10Morgan Brown19:53.8123.1Coaching LegendsHuron Meadows2-Oct
10Morgan Brown19:44.0129.3Wayne CountyWillow9-Oct

9Morgan Brown50.7Brighton/ChurchillNankin Mills8-Sep
9Morgan Brown62.3Churchill/FranklinNankin Mills26-Sep
9Morgan Brown80.0PR 12Champaign Park22-Oct
9Morgan Brown82.4KLAAHuron Meadows17-Oct
9Morgan Brown92.9D1 Reg 6Willow31-Oct

  • Spring of ’21, heading out to Dexter to watch some track action for the first time in two years, Brandon immediately caught my eye
  • He ran 2:13/4:52 that day, solid, but not spectacular, but he had an aggressive mindset to his racing that you could see mixed with a bit of strength could lead to a special runner
  • Those special qualities came out last fall, where every 5k he ran was south of 17:00
    • Dexter doesn’t avoid hard courses either – there’s a Holly in there, Hudson Mills North as well
  • Brandon slightly inched down time over the course of the season and in the most important race of the year, hit a nearly 20 sec. PB, a 16:12 at MIS
  • This spring season, he made continued progression, especially in the 800m, cutting time down from 2:13 to 2:00
    • That 2:00 is ranked 14th amongst all sophomores in 2022

10Brandon Anderson17:38.8178.1LamplighterFord Field20-Aug
10Brandon Anderson16:52.7188.4A2 Early BirdHuron Meadows2-Sep
10Brandon Anderson16:57.8187.1SEC 1Hudson Mills (South)14-Sep
10Brandon Anderson16:30.5196.5HollySpringfield Oaks18-Sep
10Brandon Anderson16:41.8188.7JacksonSharp Park25-Sep
10Brandon Anderson16:45.1190.3SEC Red 2Munson Park28-Sep
10Brandon Anderson16:36.8190.4PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
10Brandon Anderson16:35.6187.8SEC ChampionshipHudson Mills (North)21-Oct
10Brandon Anderson16:34.5190.54 MeadowsHuron Meadows29-Oct
10Brandon Anderson16:12.7193.8D1 StateMIS6-Nov
10Brandon Anderson16:20.0192.3MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

9Brandon Anderson144.2Dexter/PinckneyBennett Park28-Aug
9Brandon Anderson143.3Adrian/Dexter/Tecumseh TriHeritage Park4-Sep
9Brandon Anderson139.4AA Huron/DexterHudson Mills (South)12-Sep
9Brandon Anderson163.5JacksonSharp Park19-Sep
9Brandon Anderson154.3Chelsea/DexterHudson Mills (North)29-Sep
9Brandon Anderson171.5PR 11Hudson Mills (North)24-Oct
9Brandon Anderson167.9D1 Reg 6Willow31-Oct
9Brandon Anderson177.2D1 StateMIS6-Nov

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  • With many Mustangs dotting this list and the top of the state scoreboards, Brady might slip under the radar
    • But not here!
  • Heron was Northville’s 3rd runner during much of the championship season and figures to be right in that mix again with their pack
  • He ran his fastest time of the year at KLAA, and three of his better rated races in at KLAA, Wayne County, and Regionals
  • What stands out the most is his consistency, his slowest times in major races were either Lamplighter (long course) or Cleverley (muddy course), everything else sub-17
  • He’s been like this for years, consistently solid, but took that next step in the fall of ’21.
  • During track, he was able to break 10:00 early in the season, then worked on grinding down his 1600m best, reaching down to 4:34 in late May at Houseman Field.

11Brady Heron17:08.2188.3LamplighterFord Field20-Aug
11Brady Heron16:51.9198.7MustangCass Benton31-Aug
11Brady Heron16:37.2189.9BathBath HS11-Sep
11Brady Heron16:44.6193.1SpartanForest Akers17-Sep
11Brady Heron17:09.7188.4Cleverley Friday NightAnchor Bay HS24-Sep
11Brady Heron16:37.8192.1Wayne CountyWillow9-Oct
11Brady Heron16:13.4193.5KLAA ChampionshipHuron Meadows21-Oct
11Brady Heron16:37.1192.66 Hudson MillsHudson Mills (North)30-Oct
11Brady Heron16:29.3188.2D1 StateMIS6-Nov

10Brady Heron181.9Northville/PlymouthCass Benton1-Sep
10Brady Heron175.1Northville/SalemWillow12-Sep
10Brady Heron178.5Canton/NorthvilleCass Benton15-Sep
10Brady Heron179.1HansonsFreedom Hill3-Oct
10Brady Heron181.0Brighton/NorthvilleHuron Meadows10-Oct
10Brady Heron181.8KLAAHuron Meadows17-Oct
10Brady Heron174.0PR 15Novi HS24-Oct
10Brady Heron176.7D1 Reg 8Chandler Park30-Oct
10Brady Heron183.6D1 StateMIS6-Nov

9Brady Heron166.3MustangCass Benton
9Brady Heron169.5BathBath HS
9Brady Heron170.1SpartanForest Akers
9Brady Heron169.8Wayne CountyWillow
9Brady Heron162.6KLAAHuron Meadows

  • As with Heron, Alexis Ball is a runner on a high-level team that’s worked behind the scenes for a few years and primed to take a more prominent role
  • Her freshman campaign began inauspiciously, running 22:00+ at Ludington, but she finished that year with a sub-20 at the MMoC and nearly breaking through the top-100 at MIS
  • As a sophomore, she began the season with a personal best at Benzie (always a good sign), then continued the progression with four sub-19 efforts
  • While the regional race in the boggy conditions at Delta didn’t go as well as others, her State Meet was a superb rebound, finishing 50th overall and as the 2nd TCC girl on a team that finished 3rd
  • Her track campaign showed some progression, especially in the 3200m, knocking off 16 sec. from her freshman year, getting down to 11:18
  • As we’ve seen with Julia Flynn, even the fastest of the fast are able to improve in the Trojan program, I don’t doubt we’ll see greater heights from Alexis in the coming seasons

10Alexis Ball19:12.9139.4Pete MossBenzie Central HS28-Aug
10Alexis Ball20:05.5128.2SpartanForest Akers17-Sep
10Alexis Ball19:11.4139.2JacksonSharp Park25-Sep
10Alexis Ball18:28.1149.6BluejayShepherd HS2-Oct
10Alexis Ball19:29.0139.7Big North ConferencePetoskey MS19-Oct
10Alexis Ball18:46.2138.3Northern MichiganMichaywe Pines GC23-Oct
10Alexis Ball20:21.3127.92 DeltaDelta College30-Oct
10Alexis Ball18:58.3137.6D1 StateMIS6-Nov
10Alexis Ball18:53.9139.7MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

9Alexis Ball85.6LudingtonWest Shore CC19-Sep
9Alexis Ball106.1PetoskeyPetoskey MS26-Sep
9Alexis Ball117.3Shepherd BluejayShepherd HS3-Oct
9Alexis Ball119.2Big North ConferencePetoskey MS13-Oct
9Alexis Ball121.7PR 1Grand Haven HS23-Oct
9Alexis Ball125.3D1 Reg 1Buckley HS31-Oct
9Alexis Ball118.0D1 StateMIS6-Nov