Seaholm’s DaDamio ends high school career with state title

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 19, 2020

 Birmingham Seaholm senior Audrey DaDamio is pictured competing in a race earlier this season. Dadamio’s time of 17 minutes, 46.07 seconds was good enough to get her a Division 1 state title Nov. 6 at Michigan International Speedway.

Birmingham Seaholm senior Audrey DaDamio is pictured competing in a race earlier this season. Dadamio’s time of 17 minutes, 46.07 seconds was good enough to get her a Division 1 state title Nov. 6 at Michigan International Speedway.

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Audrey DaDamio is a state champion. The senior concluded her time as a cross country runner at Birmingham Seaholm by capturing a Division 1 state title Nov. 6 at Michigan International Speedway.

DaDamio’s time of 17 minutes, 46.07 seconds was good enough for the top prize. Ann Arbor Pioneer freshman Rachel Forsyth took second with a time of 17:55.60 and Traverse City Central junior Julia Flynn was third at 17:59.18.

“It feels really good,” DaDamio said. “It was a really exciting day and a great race. It just feels special to accomplish something I’ve been hoping to do for a long time now.”

Taking first place in playoff races is nothing new to DaDamio. In a pre-regional 5K race held Oct. 23 at Clintonwood Park, DaDamio topped teammate Haley Deighan by almost a full minute.

The Maples had three runners finish in the top 10 in that race with Lexi Deighan taking 10th place. As a team, Seaholm finished third overall behind Clarkston High and Rochester Adams.

DaDamio took first again in her regional race Oct. 30 at Clintonwood Park. Her time of 17:22.4 beat out Waterford Kettering’s Chloe Wall’s time of 18:16.0. Seaholm took fourth in that meet behind Clarkston, Walled Lake Northern and Rochester Adams.

DaDamio said she had a precise plan as far as how she wanted her season to go when it came to workouts and races each week. That structure is what helped her find the playoff success that she did.

“I had a lot of good training and felt calm going into a lot of races,” DaDamio said. “I think having those good workouts and having great teammates to workout with helped give me a lot of confidence leading up to those meets.”

Seaholm girls cross country coach Craig McCardell used the word consistent when it comes to describing DaDamio as an athlete. As a person and as a student, there has been nothing but growth.

“I could see Audrey as the nervous ninth grader with an injury that she wasn’t sure was going to stand up,” the coach said. “Now she’s a mentor, a leader and she’s thoughtful. She’s vocal and I think she’s ready to go out in the world and make things happen.”

Though DaDamio is finishing her high school career on top, it hasn’t always been easy. She suffered a knee injury early in her career and spent nearly two years rehabilitating before she was fully healthy again. McCardell said the injury really inspired DaDamio to focus on developing her fitness.

The determination to overcome that injury has paid off, not only with a state title, but a shot at the next level. DaDamio committed to run at Stanford University Nov. 13 and will continue her athletic and academic career as a Cardinal.

“To be competing in the NCAA is going to be something that is very exciting,” she said. “The team has seemed to be really supportive. It’s similar to my high school team, which is what I wanted in a college team. I’m excited to be a part of Stanford’s team next year because it seems like a really great program.”

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