Clinton Township Chippewa Valley track members take part in a practice May 3. Since 2012, Chippewa’s boys and girls teams have won more than a dozen MAC dual and division meet championships.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley track members take part in a practice May 3. Since 2012, Chippewa’s boys and girls teams have won more than a dozen MAC dual and division meet championships.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Chippewa Valley track and field battling in the MAC Red

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 7, 2019

 Clinton Township Chippewa Valley junior Alexa Garavaglia practices running hurdles. Coach Terry Wilson said he thinks Chippewa’s program is in a “good place.”

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley junior Alexa Garavaglia practices running hurdles. Coach Terry Wilson said he thinks Chippewa’s program is in a “good place.”

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Since 2012, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s boys and girls track and field teams have won a combined 15 dual and division meet titles in the Macomb Area Conference.

Those championships came in the MAC Blue and MAC White divisions, respectively.

This year, Chippewa is competing in the highest division of the MAC, which is the Red Division.

Given that Chippewa is one of the larger schools in Macomb County, the Red Division is exactly where coach Terry Wilson thinks the program should be competing.

“I think it’s a natural progression,” Wilson said. “When we started off seven years ago, that was our goal, to move up.”

At press time, the boys and girls teams were both 3-1 in dual meet competition in the division, trailing Macomb Dakota’s boys and girls squads each at 4-0.

Wilson said Chippewa has been pretty successful in meets, and one reason can be attributed to how tight his group of athletes are together.

“Our kids are really close,” Wilson said. “You can see that when we have a close race or something like that, our kids are cheering each other on. I like that a lot.”

Two of Chippewa’s student-athletes are Courtney McGarity and Reynei Wallace.

McGarity would like to carry on in the new division with the same kind of success his team has previously enjoyed.

“This being our first year in the MAC Red, we came in with the mindset that, like we did in the White Division, we want to dominate the competition, come through and be very successful, obviously,” McGarity said.

Wallace said Chippewa has good potential and that the athletes are “pretty fast” this year.

“We’re a very competitive team,” Wallace said. “It’s really exciting. I like better competition.”

Wilson has had his own share of athletic success, including playing for the Houston Oilers in the NFL. He also played minor league baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

His approach to athletics can help the student-athletes he coaches.

“I looked at every sport as the same,” Wilson said. “I competed no matter what I was doing. I try to instill that in the kids. Whether it be in the classroom, whether it be out on the playing field, whether it be in life when you’re trying to compete for (a) high-paying job. Always compete; always give your best and always feel like you have a chance to be a champion no matter what you do.”

Wilson thinks Chippewa has a lot of potential, and he said he is excited.

“I think we’re in a good place,” Wilson said. “We don’t field every position. … But I think our kids are working hard.”

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