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Freeland’s Henderson earns track/cross country scholarship to SVSU

One of the most versatile athletes in Freeland’s senior class will be taking his talents to the Saginaw Valley State track and field and cross country programs next school year.

Three-sport athlete Kyle Henderson signed a national letter of intent last week to compete in track and cross country for the Cardinals.

“It showed me that I have the potential to be a very successful college runner,” Henderson said of SVSU’s scholarship offer. “I think I’m ready to run at the college level.

“I couldn’t have gotten where I am today without (Freeland track and cross country) coach (Jason) Robinson and my dad.”

“Kyle’s a very gifted runner,” said Robinson, who has coached Henderson since he was in seventh grade. “He is very naturally talented, but he’s talented because of hard work more than anything. He spends lots of time running on his own in the offseason.”

In cross country, Henderson’s personal best time of 16:15 in the five-kilometer run last fall put him in the top five all-time in Freeland’s program, Robinson said. Henderson placed second at the Division 3 regional despite having sprained his ankle two days earlier.

In track, Henderson was part of the Falcons’ school record-breaking 3,200-yard relay last spring.

On top of cross country and track, Henderson is in the midst of his final high school wrestling season and has already become the school’s all-time wins leader with 189 wins. He’ll try to qualify for the individual state finals for the fourth straight year.

“I’ve loved all three sports. I might as well get the most out of high school while I can,” Henderson said.

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