Knutson’s Athlete of the Week- Alexis Chapman


Addison High School athlete Alexis Chapman, right, battles Brynn Mericle of East Jackson during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 regional meet at Webberville High School on May 21.

Story, photo by Jeff Steers
Exponent special writer

Addison High School athlete Alexis Chapman spent most of her senior year doing rehab and getting ready for the 2022 track season.

On Saturday, May 21, all of the work paid off for the AHS senior.

Addison won its second consecutive Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 track regional championship at Webberville High School.

Last year Chapman was recovering from an ACL and meniscus tear from a basketball injury.

“Track is what I was waiting for,” Chapman said. “I didn’t play basketball and only ran a couple of cross-country races last fall.”

The work and the wait were worth it for Chapman who was on the winning 800-meter relay team and on a qualifying 400-meter relay team.

The Panther athlete ran the 800-meter relay in 1 minute, 50.82 seconds. Chapman runs the second leg on a team that includes Ally Beougher, Alaysia Allen, and Molly Brown. (more below)

“We worked really hard on our handoffs this week,” Chapman said. “We are only a second away from the school record in the event.

“Molly Brown is a great anchor leg as she hates to lose.”

Chapman said the Panthers worked all spring to have a chance at another regional title.

While Chapman is a soft-spoken polite young lady, she is also a stalker.

“I look at every night looking at other team’s time,” Chapman said. “I compare times of the other teams in our events.”

Chapman has the Cascades Conference meet on Tuesday, the Lenawee County Meet a week later, then the MHSAA state finals on June 4. She plans to attend Ferris State University this fall but doesn’t expect to run track.

“This is it . . . it took nine-plus months to get back (into shape with her knee),” Chapman said. “Sports makes you a better person as you can cheer on other teams and athletes and make new friends.”

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