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Erin Billette keeps her pace as she passes Oxford and Rochester Adams in the 1,600-meter run. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
June 12, 2013 - Erin Billette finished her running career for the Clarkston High School Girls Track & Field team hitting her personal best and making milestones.

She claimed the OAA Red championship in the 1,600-meter run, crossing the finish line at 5:01.

Billette followed it with a visit to the MHSAA Regionals where she shaved a few more seconds off her time. This time she finished second in the 1,600-meter run, setting her personal best at 5:00.12.

"I was really excited," she added. "It has been a lot of hard work."

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During the same event she lent her quickness in the 1,600-meter relay event. The relay team finished in second place and set a new school record at 4:00.55.

Billette began running when she was in sixth grade cross country explaining her parents ran in school.

"My mom ran mostly distance and wanted me to get into it," she said, adding it has helped her through the seasons. "She is a big influence for me. It has been awesome. It's like she is another coach. She is really helpful and very supportive in every way, shape and form possible. She always gets me ready for races."

Billette also played soccer, volleyball and softball and participated in Irish dance. She stuck with running when she thought about her future and decided she would have more success in running.

She hasn't decided on college but has chosen her field or study. She plans on focusing her concentration in the medical field.

"I like nursing," she said, adding her mom works in the medical field. "I have always enjoyed my anatomy and biology classes. They are my favorites."

Billette plans to spend the summer going to the beach, visiting her family's cottage and spending time with family.

Her advice for aspiring athletes is to be confident and it is the key for success.

"Believe in yourself," Billette added. "If you believe in yourself you can do it. Work hard."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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