Fremont runner Conor Somers signs with Grand Valley State University

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By Craig Beilfuss
LocalSportsJournal.com

FREMONT— Fremont senior Conor Somers will continue his cross country and track career at Grand Valley State University next fall.

The future Packers graduate has signed his national letter of intent to become a Laker.

Conor has been a joy to coach,” Fremont coach Cliff Somers said. “I don’t know if it’s hard to be the ‘coach’s son’, you should ask him, but he’s been very coachable. He’s committed to improving every year.

Early in his career, he had the luxury of following the example of Nathan Walker. Somer credits Waller for pushing him to play a bigger role as he gets older.

While showing steady improvement in his times and placings, he has also grown as a competitor and in the way he approaches racing,” said Sommers. “This cross country season had a rough start as he was unable to train for the last 6 weeks of the summer due to injury.”

This injury was a major learning experience for Somer, who was relegated to running 5 minutes every other day. He was forced to take it slowly and carefully and trust in the healing process.

When he ran 16:49 on the Packers’ home course at Branstrom Park to win the conference championship, everyone knew he was ready to compete at a high level.

Conor is a great addition and a really positive fit for our program,” said GVSU coach Jerry Baltes. “He has the potential to come in and be a contributor for us in cross country on the 8k and 10k distances.”

Coach Somers has built a great training path for Conor and put him in the perfect position to come in and be ready to take the next step in training progression,” Baltes said. “We’re excited to see what Conor will do to complete his high school career this spring.”

Conor has a 3.95 GPA and plans to study exercise science at GVSU.

Career Highlights:

First-year student

Cross Country – CSAA All-Conference, All-Region

Athletics – CSAA All-Conference, All-Region

Second year

Cross Country – CSAA All-Conference, All-Region, All-State, Academic All-State – State Championship team

Athletics – No season due to Covid.

Junior

Cross Country – CSAA All-Conference, 1600 Conference Champion, All-Region, All-State, Academic All-State – State Championship team

Athletics – CSAA All-Conference, All-Region, 3200 Regional Champion, State Finals All-State 3200 3rd venue, All-State Academic

senior year

Cross-country – CSAA All-Conference, Conference Champion, All-Region, Regional Champion, All-State, Individual State Runner-Up, Academic All-State, ran 16:49 on the Branstrom Park course (third best of all times on the course.

Athletics -4: 14.69 in the 1600, which is slightly below the school record.

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