Onsted High School freshman Emmry Ross was all smiles after winning the 400-meter dash title at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state finals on Saturday at Kent City.
Story, photo by Jeff Steers
Exponent special writer
Onsted High School athlete Emmry Ross is all about running.
She excelled for the cross-country team last fall for the Wildcats.
But when it came to getting involved in indoor track this past winter, Ross had another plan.
The treadmill became her best friend . . . and it paid off on Saturday.
The freshman won four medals during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state track and field finals for Onsted.
“I ran on the treadmill a lot this winter to get ready for the spring track season,” Ross said Saturday after winning first place in the 400-meter dash. “I ran decent times as an eighth-grader but didn’t know what to expect at the high school level.”
Ross said she ran the 400-meter in 1:02 last spring but turned a 57.93 second time in the finals on Saturday.
“I was so nervous because the other girls were going out so fast,” Ross said of the race.
The freshman teamed with sister Rayne Ross, Allyson Robarge, and Cousin Kennedy Ross to finish second in the state in the 800-meter relay in 1:47.73. Earlier in the meet, Ross teamed with Brooke Borders, Cousin Kamryn Ross, and Kara Terakedis to finish sixth in the 3,200-meter relay.
But the Wildcats saved the best for last, beating the field by four seconds in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:06 with Emmry Ross, Borders, Terakedis, and Kennedy Ross.
The team went undefeated in the 1,600-meter relay all season.
Ross said training from cross country made some of those runs possible in the spring.
“Running 3.1 miles makes the 400- and 800-meter runs much easier,” Ross said.
Next year the Wildcats will lose a number of seniors from the track and field team.
“I really look up to the seniors,” Ross said. “They are good at giving advice about running.”
The freshman was rather shocked at winning the 400.
“I never thought I would win the 400 (at the state meet),” Ross said.
Looks like the cat is out of the bag in Onsted next season.