GLADWIN – New cross country coach Ashley Burr comes to Gladwin with a wealth of experience. She ran both cross country and track at Midland Dow High School and while in college at Oakland University. In college she actually competed in three sports as the competitions were divided into cross country, indoor and outdoor track seasons. She still holds the Oakland University record for the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Next year will be Burr’s first as a full-time teacher. She has been working as a substitute in both the Bullock Creek and Midland school districts. She will be teaching science at Gladwin High School, most likely at the freshman and sophomore levels. She has already had the chance to meet some of her new athletes and had one practice. The rain has hampered the summer schedule to this point. Fall practice will start August 12. Cross country camp will be at Young State Park on Lake Charlevoix this year. They will be spending several nights camping and running a lot of hills. She also plans on getting the team to several different parks for practice. The Clare and Shepherd teams will also be holding their summer camps at Young State Park during part of their stay.
Burr is really excited for the opportunity. She loves coaching and thinks she was “born to be a coach.” She has been doing cross country since sixth grade and has not missed a season since whether running or coaching. She loves the sport and hopes that she can get that across to the kids. She wants them to love it like she does.
“Being able to share knowledge of it with the kids is the best thing in the world to me,” she said. As far as the prospects for her new team she mentioned that, “there were a lot of graduation losses from last year’s team, but the junior high program was strong and we expect to be competitive this year.”