MileSplit Fast Four: A weekly glimpse at four of our nation's best

Becca Addison
Sr., Grand Haven H.S.
Grand Haven, MI


Highlights: An accomplished runner on the track, Addison (Photo courtesy of placed second in the 800 (2:05) at the NON in 2008 … Registered the fastest time of the day (17:50) in winning the D1 race at the Portage Invitational … Undefeated in every race this fall, except at the MHSAA LP XC Finals, where her 17:28 placed her third behind Megan Goethals’ state record time of 17:10 … A four-time regional champion and all-state selection, she also placed third at the MHSAA LP XC Finals as a freshman in 2005 … Placed 11th at the 2007 Foot Locker Midwest Regional with a time of 18:05 … State Champion at 800 and 1600 meters in 2008

Coach (Greg Russick) says: “She’s just a wonderful person. On top of all her attributes, the quality of her character exceeds all of those. She’s just a great kid. She’s a wonderful young lady who’s gifted, but yet doesn’t take those gifts for granted. She works very diligently to do the things that she does. She’s the finest competitor, the finest athlete I’ve ever coached. As an athlete, she’s the total package.”
Addison says: “My eighth grade track coach was also the high school cross country coach, so he got me to do it. I think now that I am older and running more mileage I am getting better at [cross country]. My freshman year I didn’t really do much mileage, so it was tough for me. Each race I was kind of running outside of my fitness level. I have grown to like running more in general, as I’ve gotten older. I like that feeling after a race that you know you couldn’t have run any harder.”

Summer mileage (max): 45

Weekly mileage: 40

Training shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider

Superstitions: None

Hobbies: Synchronized swimming, scrap booking, plays the flute and the French horn

Favorite school subject:  Anatomy