By Joseph Hayes
Morgan Beadlescomb is quickly coming into his own.
The Algonac High School graduate has enjoyed plenty of success as an athlete at Michigan State University.
And that success continues to grow more pronounced by the week.
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Just a week ago, Beadlescomb set a new school record for the Michigan State University indoor track and field team while taking first in the men’s 5,000 meter run at the Iowa State Classic (13:31.50).
Beadlescomb would not only win the event, but also set a new facility record in the process, while building on his historic redshirt junior season.
“I went out there by myself with assistant coach (Aaron Simoneau),” Beadlescomb recalled. “Our distance people were at Grand Valley State and I wanted to set a good 5k time. I’ve never really been in a 5k, super fast race. I’ve had a couple races where the tactics were solid. But I wanted to fight with my head and not my legs. I knew it was going to be fast.
“I made sure to relax and I made sure I knew what I was getting into with Coach Simoneau. I wanted to start off the race well. I knew what the pace was going to be like and who I was going to run against. I was running against guys with crazy times. The national runner up in cross country was there. I knew all of this and had time to prepare for it. We set up workouts the way we knew the race was going to be run.”
Once the race began, Beadlescomb’s instincts took over.
“From the start, I was in the back, and the first lap the front guys were running quickly,” Beadlescomb said. “After the first lap, I was able to calm down and after the first two laps, gaps began to form and I was able to look for those.
“I didn’t pin myself against a rail. I was able to fill it. I was able to move up throughout the entire race and didn’t have a bunch of guys trying to pass me. I felt really good.”
Beadlescomb had more than enough to finish with the win and the record and set himself up to begin peaking at the perfect time of the season.
“I was proud to represent my school and put us on a national platform for a couple of days.,” Beadlescomb said. “Hearing people say MSU did this and that was the best feeling for me.
“I’m doing what I’m told and trusting everyone around me and trying to be a good example. It wasn’t an accomplishment of just me. I have coaches and teammates helping me every day. Everything we are doing is working.”
Beadlescomb’s performance topped his career best time (13:47.44) in the process that was set last season at the Raleigh Relays.
Before graduating from Algonac High School in 2016, Beadlescomb had become a state champion in the high school ranks.
Now he’s looking to have a similar experience this season on the college ranks. Up next for Beadlescomb and his teammates is the Big Ten Conference Championships later this month on Feb. 28-29.