Brimley’s Plotkin Etches Name in State Record Books
BRIMLEY – As another high school cross country season comes to a close, one are student-athlete has etched his name in the record books.
Brimley senior Austin Plotkin became just the second runner in state history to win four consecutive boys cross country individual state championships, joining Central Lake’s Ryan Shay who won four straight Lower Peninsula Class D titles from 1993-96. Plotkin’s time of 17:20.7 at the Upper Peninsula Division 3 championships in Marquette back on Oct. 19 was nearly 11 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
A track state champion in the 3,200, Plotkin initially pursued shot put when he began his track and field career in eighth grade.
“When I came out for track, I actually came out for shot put in eighth grade because I moved wood for my grandpa the summer before and I thought, ‘You know, I can chuck these pieces of wood pretty far,” Plotkin said. “First meet, my coach, Justin Kerrig asked me if I would run the two mile because we had no one doing it. I said sure, coach, I’d do it. I think ran like an 11:20 the first two mile.”
Plotkin plans to pursue his running career at the collegiate level next fall.