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Best of the Week 2022-2023: Excellence in College Prep


Congratulations to Michael Bissler '23 on winning the OATCCC Division I State Championship for the 60 Meter Dash with a 6.84 time! Having spent years training as an athlete, Michael, a former football athlete, decided to make the switch and devote his time to solely training for track and field during his sophomore year. "I feel like I worked hard enough to put myself into this position to win. Any true competitor lives to step into the biggest moments and perform at the highest level. This accomplishment has meant a lot to me because I was able to take what I've learned from a great group of past teammates and applied it to this final season of mine here at St. Ed's. This was not just my championship, but one for all my former teammates and coaches who were with me every step of the way," says Michael.

Having competed in the 4x1 and 4x2 relays, the 100 and 200 meter dash and the long jump during his junior year season, Michael is biased toward his preference for the 60 meter dash for which he medaled in. "For six seconds of life, I am completely alive and completely consumed by something I really enjoy," says Michael. "And my favorite part about track and field has been the lifelong friendships I have made and the everyday interactions I have with my teammates while we work slow and steady toward our goals. We have a special team and environment at St. Ed's that makes this experience more fun than just another sport." Touching on his experience as a shy underclassmen making a switch in athletic interests, Michael is thankful to his fellow Edsmen teammates and coaches for helping him fall in love with track and field. "My advice to younger athletes is to never allow somebody to tell you what you can and cannot do. Only you know your true potential and you have to allow your inner drive and passion to overcome whatever obstacles the world will throw at you." Congratulations again to Michael on his State Championship Title!

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