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Athlete of The Week
Champion on track

March 20, 2013

Bo Anderson finished state champion in 1,600-meter run. Photo provided
Bo Anderson proudly held up his most recent additions of medals to his athletic accomplishments.

Anderson, a fourth grader at Springfield Plains Elementary, finished as state champion in the 1,600-meter run in the Michigan AAU Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10 with the Waza Track Club.

He finished the event with a time of 6:04.84 in the bantam boys division.

"I thought it was neat," Anderson said about winning.

"He set it as his goal," said parents, Mike and Kathy.

"He ran a great race," Kathy continued, adding Bo has worked hard during the indoor season and trained twice a week. "It was really awesome to see his traning and hard work pay off. He was so proud of himself."

Bo also finished in second place in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:54.72.

Kathy explained the indoor track is a smaller track at 200 meters and it was a new experience. It also gave Bo the advantage of having a better view of his competition.

"I felt really fast," said Bo. "There is a boy from Motor City Track Club who has always beaten me in the outdoor 1,500-meter races by 10 or 15 seconds. I knew I wanted to chase him at the indoor championships and try to beat him. I passed him early in the race and I just kept pulling away after that. I was glad to finally beat him in the mile, but he beat me in the 800 meters."

Bo started with the Waza Track Club a year ago and competed during the outdoor track and field summer season and cross country fall season as well. He is the only member of the club from Clarkston.

He has been running for awhile and in the past has qualified to compete at the national level in the 2011 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Junior Olympics and the 2012 AAU Outdoor Track and Field Junior Olympics.