Northwest Christian’s Garrett McSheffrey heads to Arizona state after summer of hard work

This final season of high school track and field wasn’t just going to be about winning state championships for Northwestern Christian Academy Garret McSheffrey.

Of course, McSheffrey, who had finished seven times in total in his first three years, was likely to enter his senior season as a favorite to win the 800, 1600 and 3200 in the ranks of Class 2B, but an even higher priority. was to win a college scholarship.

Chances are McSheffrey’s resume was impressive enough to accomplish this already, but the gifted runner wanted to use the season to showcase his skills in order to cast a wider collegiate net.

The cancellation of the spring sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to that, leaving McSheffrey wondering if the college offers would arrive.

“I was very worried about where I would go and what purse I would get as I relied a lot on my senior season to build big PRs and accomplish great things,” said McSheffrey, who was also ranked in the top 10 in the state. cross country meeting three times. “What’s great is that God had a plan for me from the start despite the tragedy of losing my last season on the track.”

Garrett McSheffrey will compete in track and field and cross country at Arizona State University. Photo credit: Grant Clark

While it would have been easy for McSheffrey to rest on his accomplishments in the hope that things would just turn out for the best, he decided to take a more proactive approach – training all summer and putting in place trial times which have aroused the interest of several -profile athletics programs.

“Garrett needed to keep training to run because he hadn’t set a college pick yet and the faster times of course are getting more college attention,” said the track and field coach and Northwest Christian Field Officer Mike Michael. “The dedication to training and the mental toughness to be able to run those times in practice rather than being able to run was very impressive. Any runner knows that it is much more difficult to achieve good middle distance times. without a real race.

In the end, McSheffrey may have lost a state title or two, but thanks to his unwavering dedication and hard work, he’s now heading towards Arizona State University where he will be a member of the Sun Devils track and field and cross country teams.

“My recruiting process was unlike any normal recruiting process. Due to the pandemic, I couldn’t even visit, ”said McSheffrey. “Most of the process was my family and I exchanged calls with ASU coach Cory Leslie. After about a month of deliberation, I decided the state of Arizona was the best for me.

McSheffrey becomes the second consecutive Northwest Christian graduate to join the track and field and cross country programs at Arizona State University, joining 2019 graduate Ava Shackell who capped her high school career by winning three state titles (800, 1600, 3200).

McSheffrey ended his senior cross country season helping Northwest Christian win the 2B State Championship.
Photo courtesy of: Mike Michael

“I’ve talked a lot with Ava about ASU and their program,” McSheffrey said. “She answered a lot of questions I initially had about the program. Ava’s improvement at ASU during the cross country and indoor track seasons made me believe that I could fit in well as the Sun Devil. Having Ava at ASU already comforts me a lot because I can go and feel like part of the team since I already had her as a teammate.

“Any college would have done well for Garrett to join their team and ASU is fortunate to have been Garrett’s choice,” said Michael. “They will see a determined athlete, a natural leader and a young man who shows his faith in everything he does.”

Even without his senior season, McSheffrey goes to Tempe with a garish list of accomplishments. He was second in the 800 and third in the 1600 and 3200 at state competition during his junior seasons.

He was set to have a huge senior season for Northwest Christian, potentially winning state titles in all three races as he was the top returning athlete in all three events.

“When the season was canceled, we decided to continue training to run time trials and film them for potential college picks,” said Michael. “The added challenge of social distancing made it even more difficult, but Garrett trained with our program during the off seasons for six years from grade seven and it was his final year and he was determined to record the times he had worked so hard for. . “

Northwestern Christian graduate Garrett McSheffrey, standing beside his time, broke Lucas Graham’s school record in the 1,500 meters. Photo credit: Mike Michael

After the WIAA regular season ended, McSheffrey ran a 1,500-meter trial on his own with electronic timing and broke Lucas Graham’s 2012 school record running 4: 05.51. As he went through various trials, some trial distances and some off-distance trials, McSheffrey also recorded a 3:10 in a 1,200-meter trial, a 2:54 in a 1,100-meter trial that was set up. to run a 1500 meter simulation without the last lap.

McSheffrey will now look to incorporate this success into his college career.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better program for my high school career,” McSheffrey said of Northwest Christian. “Cam Nielsen, Noah Phillips and Ryland McCullough really pushed me to improve this year. Cam, Noah and I spent four years preparing for training together and shaping each other to be the great athletes and individuals that we have become. I am also very grateful to my trainer, Mike Michael, for guiding, shaping and influencing me to be an honest and hardworking runner and most importantly a man of God.

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