Athlete of the Week: Alex Comerford
OTSEGO, Mich. —
An Otsego senior runner is adding a trophy to the mantle.
Otsego Senior Alex Comerford is fresh off a Division-2 cross country state championship and talked about where he finds his inspiration.
The Comerford name is quickly becoming synonymous with winning races as he follows the dominant footsteps Mallory Comerford, his older sister, who is a former newschannel 3 athlete of the week.
Comerford is as fast as he is decorated and there are lots of accolades, including a Division-2 Boys' Cross Country State Championship in the beginning of November.
"It was awesome," Comerford said. "It's been something I've wanted to do for a really long time, was win a cross state title."
It's not the first state title Comerford can claim, either. In the spring of 2018, the then-junior took home to boys’ Division-2 3200-meter title in track and field. He said his most recent victory means even more
"I think it's just really a big accomplishment, especially with the level of competition in cross country. In track, you'll get people split up between the mile and two-mile, so everybody's out there competing for the same thing, the 5k."
Titles are a common thing in the Comerford family. Mallroy is a National champion swimmer both at Louisville and with the United States.
Alex said, "She was just congratulating me, super happy."
While they compete in different sports, Alex said his sister's inspiration is the same.
He said, "It's just super awesome to have her to go to, just for advice and to show this is possible to be able to do something like that in the future. (it's) just something to work for, honestly."
Comerford's used the inspiration, and says it's all been a part of a magical run with the bulldogs.
He said, "Having the opportunities that I've had, it's just been so amazing and it's been a great experience the whole four years. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Comerford's season isn't over yet. He's currently training for the Footlocker Regional Championships on November 24. If he places in the top 10, he'll advance to the national championships in San Diego.