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Fearsome Four race deeper into Breckenridge record books

  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • Breckenridge boys and Sacred Heart Academy girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference #1 meet at Breckenridge Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)

So often in today’s age of sports, the element of team is forgotten, and is replaced with an emphasis on the individual.

For four Breckenridge track athletes the exact opposite is true though.

To them, teamwork is everything.

Carly Jenkins, Chloe Brittain and sisters Ellen and Anna Laurenz have banded together to form what some in the small community are calling a dynasty: A team that has already shattered the school record for the 1,600 meter relay and the 3,200 meter relay all while posting a state qualifying time in the 800 meter relay.

The old 3,200 meter relay record of 10:14.9 was set in 2013 by a team partially composed of a pair of collegiate runners in Kirsten Olling (Central Michigan University) and Dominique Adams (Saginaw Valley State University). The new record, owned by Jenkins, Brittain and the Laurenz sisters, is 10:04.13. As for the 1,600 meter relay, the old record of 4:17.7 was set in 1994. It has since been replaced by the current team with the time of 4:15.68.

According to Breckenridge track mastermind Griffin Bohannon, the four athletes have earned their keep through hard work and dedication to the program.

“Work ethic plays a major role in the success of our relay teams,” he said. “Watching them practice truly is a pleasure. They approach their workouts with the perfect mentality and never complain. Our relay members know that they cannot let off the gas for even a second because we have other girls right on their heels.”

Jenkins, the record-breaking team’s only senior, is no stranger to working to reach her goals.

“With hard work, you can achieve anything,” she said. “My hard work and determination is the reason I have improved so much over the years and is the reason I have been so successful. It has been extremely difficult to convince myself to go out and run every single day, especially during the cold winter months, but every day makes a difference. Without hard work, people would not be as successful, and even when things don’t go as planned, you can still feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you worked hard and gave everything you had to get where you are.”

Bohannon spoke highly of Jenkins, citing her as one of the hardest workers that he has coached.

“Carly has been an excellent captain and leader for me this year. Starting with cross country, she has taken many of the younger runners under her wing,” he said. “This is especially true with Annie. To start the summer, Carly was pushing Annie on all of their training runs. For the first few months, Annie could barely keep up because Carly is such a hard worker. However, Carly never let her fall too far behind and always encouraged her to push herself to her limits.”

He also alluded to Jenkins’ seemingly ageless times on the track: “There has long been a belief in distance running that girls ‘naturally’ get slower as they get older,” he said. “Carly has done a great job of showing her underclassmen teammates that this does not have to be true if you put in the work. Even when she had basketball going on in the winter-she is a very strong basketball player- she managed to fit her runs in. This is no small feat when you consider that she is also her class salutatorian! This says a lot about who she is both as a person and as an athlete.”

Ellen Laurenz, one of two juniors on the team and the oldest of a pair of sisters on the team, also can remember working from a young age to end up competing for a spot on the podium on track’s biggest stage.

“My favorite part about the girls is definitely the bond that this is creating,” she said. “Carly, Chloe and I have been running together since I was in sixth grade. That’s six years. It’s thrilling to see all of our hard work paying off. When we broke the first record by 10 seconds at the Clare invite and Chloe crossed the finish line, I immediately thought of when we were little sixth graders barely making it around the track. Now we’re crushing school records. It’s an amazing feeling.”

The head coach’s thoughts on the eldest of the current Laurenz runners?

More of the same: “Ellen has been a very pleasant surprise this season,” he said. “This year, she has done it all for us. She was strong in cross country, she ran well in the 100 meters when I asked her to, and is currently in line to win the league title in pole vault and claim runner-up honors in the 300 meter hurdles. There is not an event that she can’t do. Before the season, I really wasn’t sure who my fourth runner would be on the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter relays, but Ellen has established herself as the clear choice.”

Junior Chloe Brittain has been a fixture on the cross country course and the track for the Huskies over the past three years, scorching on to the scene as a freshman a few years ago. Already on the record board and a three-time All-State selection at Breckenridge High School in cross country, Brittain credits Bohannon’s coaching as a huge vehicle to her success.

“Something that I have learned from Griffin is to not put so much pressure on myself,” she said. “I have worked just as hard if not harder than anyone that I am going to run against.”

Bohannon aptly referred to Brittain as “the gamer.”

“Chloe has been a true ‘ace’ for her entire high school career,” he said. “She is currently ranked first in the state in the 800 meter run. She is the anchor on all three of my relays. When the race is on the line, she is the girl that you want to be giving the baton to.”

Perhaps the most impressive member of the world-beating quad, however, spent the past track seasons torching the track record books – in middle school. Anna Laurenz, known by her teammates as “Annie,” is on a roll that few runners could conjure up even in their dreams.

She broke four records on the middle school stage (55 meter hurdles, 200 meter hurdles, 800 meter run and the 3,200 meter relay along with teammates Myra Marr, Elizabeth Snow and Kiera Goward), and already has three high school records: The two relays mentioned above, plus the top mark for the 300 meter hurdles.

The youngest of the Laurenz teammates may not want to put away her record-writing pen, either: She also has her sights set on the 100 meter hurdles crown.

“I definitely love the relays because I’m running with such a great team,” she said. “But, the hurdles are what I look for. It’s always nice to have an individual race, and to know you can win without other people to help you.”

Bohannon had high words of praise for his young talent: “Annie has been incredible this season. We knew after her eighth grade year, she was going to be special,” he said. “Her success comes as a result of two primary things - unbelievable talent and unbelievable coachability. She is the type of athlete who would run through a brick wall if I told her to.”

Ayanna Williams, Myra Marr, Kenzie Mayle and Elizabeth Snow were also cited by Bohannon as being assets to the team.

“They keep competition strong and push the runners in the rotation,” he said. “That’s key to having a successful team.”

The success of the fearsome four of Jenkins, Brittain and the Laurenz sisters has not gone unnoticed by Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) foe and state girls track powerhouse Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. Irish coach Rob McConnell expressed great appreciation for what his good friend Bohannon has helped his Huskies to achieve: “The investment that Griffin puts into track and cross country is beyond the norm, thus it is not surprising that his athletes would perform above the norm. Setting records happens when talent, hard work and direction – coaching - comes together. As a coach you hope to get the best out of all your athletes, but not all of them are willing to put in the work, or believe in the coach.

“The athletes at Breckenridge believe in Griffin and it has paid off with good results,” he said. “Breckenridge is new to the MSAC, but a welcome addition. We are looking forward to many friendly competitions in the future.”

Bohannon, who spends nearly 10 hours running each week with McConnell, says that he looks forward to the competition not only with his running partner in the new conference, but with other traditional top-dogs of girls track as well.

“We had a feeling before the season that our teams could be among the best in the state in both the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter relays,” Bohannon said of McConnell and himself. “We even joked that we might get sick of seeing each other because we will end up racing no fewer than eight times by season’s end.”

“What SHA has accomplished in cross country and track over the last couple of years has been positively stunning,” he said. “We are honored to be competing with them this spring because we know just how strong they are. Every time we are going up against them, it adds a little motivation. Having teams like that to go against week in and week out has toughened us up so that we are ready for the postseason.”

While Bohannon was reluctant to acknowledge being one of the reasons for the team’s success, an overwhelming opinion from his four runners suggests otherwise.

“It is hard for me to take too much credit with the group of young ladies that I have,” he said. “My main role has been simply not messing anything up. I do think that my genuine enthusiasm and passion for the sport has helped to shape their mentalities a little bit. I will say this - writing the workouts is easy when you have the group that I have. They will do anything that I ask, no matter what.”

Going forward, Bohannon hopes to qualify for the state finals in all three relay races when the Huskies host regionals this Saturday.

“First and foremost, we need to get all three relays to the state meet. This should be no problem for the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter relays, but the 800 meter relay is going to be tough,” he said. “Beyond regionals, our 800 meter relay would really like to win the league.”

“For the 1,600 and 3,200 relays, our goals are a little bit bigger. We would like to challenge SHA for the league and regional titles in both events and are expecting high finishes on the state level,” he said. “It looks like Fowler, SHA, Hillsdale, and maybe one or two others will be right with us in those relays.”

If nothing else, Bohannon is proud of what this team from a small-time school has put together, and is proud of the product that many small farming communities in the area send to state competition each year.

“I think that the Mid-Michigan area in general shows the state how successful small schools can be in track and cross country,” he said. “The whole area is full of hard working kids who are overflowing with school pride. More importantly, the kids in this area all seem to listen to and respect their coaches.

“I tell my athletes all the time that I don’t have any secrets to training,” he said. “The only ‘secret’ is to believe in your coach and program and to work hard. We seem to have a lot of that going around in Gratiot and Isabella County. “

The Huskies will begin their quest for glory on Saturday when they host regionals. Events will begin at 9 a.m.

Last Updated: 5/18/2017 2:13:13 PM EST


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