Athlete of the Week
Bruderick solid as a rock on track and field
June 22, 2011 - Adam Bruderick reflected back to the track in Rockford as the Wolves finished their spring season for track and field.
|Adam Bruderick runs for a lead in the 3,200 meter relay at the OAA Track Meet. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)|
The 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams qualified for the last round at the MHSAA State Finals on June 4, but didn't finish in the top eight.
"We didn't do our best but we did pretty good for the weather and the day we had," he said.
Bruderick added one of the highlights was beating Troy 72-56 early in the season.
"It was our first meet of the year," he explained, adding it was also the first time since he was on the team they beat the Colts.
"Getting more people out there and we had a lot of new people and new blood on the team, I think that really helped the team," he said.
Bruderick has his goals set for his senior season and wants to finish All-State in the 800-meter run and take more athletes to the state finals.
"He is our best athlete," said John Bennink, head coach for the Clarkston High School Boys Varsity Track and Field team.
"He is the anchor and the legs for the 4x800 relay league championship team and for the 4x400 relay team. He was two time league champion and second in the 800-meter run."
Bruderick began track in seventh grade when his mom told him it was a good sport to try.
Following his mom's advice he did try it, not only did he like it but discovered he was good at it - especially distance running. He joined cross country in the fall to continue running and also plans to help get the team to state finals and finish all-state.
He spends the winter season on the ice with the Clarkston Varsity Hockey team and all three work compliment each other, he added.
"Cross country really helps because it builds my endurance," Bruderick said. "It builds a base for the beginning of the year then that helps with hockey. Hockey strengthens my muscles and quickens my speed and that really helps with track."
Until school starts in September he will spend time getting ready for his senior year and playing in a summer hockey league.
He finished the school year with a 3.2 GPA and adding to his class requirements was involved in CSMTech.
Bruderick has not decided if he will continue running or playing hockey in college but knows he wants to study medicine.
"I am definitely looking at a medical career," he explained. "I like to help people and science is my favorite subject."
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.