Where to start? A multiple homerun game? A no hitter? A 4:15 mile? This week saw more coaches involved in nominating their athletes for “Athlete of the Week” than any other week. More awesome athletes to choose from than ever before. But in the end the old cliche’ “seeing is believing” applies and this week’s “Athlete of the Week” will go to Kennedy Beazley.
At the Golden Triangle meet, Kennedy Ran the 800M run and anchored the 4 X 800M relay. In the relay, Saline was second to Northville when Kennedy got the baton in the exchange zone. She was about 35 meters behind but did not panic. She simply did what any seasoned athlete would do, run YOUR race. Now what Northville did not realize is that Kennedy’s race was not ordinary. Kennedy can close a race and close she did. At about 90 meters to go Kennedy raced by the Northville runner and sprinted on giving the Hornets the victory. In the open 800 meter run, she was out in 68 and change (68.63 on my unofficial watch). That alone is meaningless until you factor in that she came back in 67 and change to finish in 2:15.73. Anyone who has ever ran (raced) the 800M (880 yards for me) at any level knows that negative splitting that race is tough. Kennedy did that and looked strong doing it.
The Track & Field Regionals are in Saline on May 16th and that will be the next big stage for Kennedy to show her strengths. Kennedy will be running at Michigan State next year and I am sure she will be very successful at the next level.
Congratulations To Kennedy Beazley!
For those who have asked, the “Athlete of the Week” is chosen weekly based upon who separates themselves from the pack of tremendous Saline Athletes. Statistics are passed on to @SalineAthletics or to @SHSHornetNews and a representative from a program nominates an athlete. From there the field is narrowed and an athlete is chosen. Without statistics being submitted and/or without a nomination being given, @SalineAthletics and @SHSHornetNews uses all resources available to choose and athlete.