Player of the Week: Mike Griffin, KP Cross Country

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Mike Griffin
By Staff

King Philip junior Mike Griffin has been selected as the Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 28 through Nov. 3. Griffin is the ninth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Griffin put in a stellar performance at the annual Hockomock Cross-Country Championship at a rain-soaked Wrentham Development Center last Sunday morning. Griffin won the boys’ title in a time of 15:54.67, narrowly beating second-place Tyler Brogan by just one second with a strong kick down the final straightaway. With Griffin leading the way, KP finished third overall as a team.

“Mike is an outstanding student-athlete that has, through dedicated hard work, earned the respect of his teammates and his competition,” said King Philip coach Chris Elgar. “This is particularly true of the friendly rivalry between himself and the equally talented second place finisher (Tyler Brogan of Franklin).” Brogan won the dual meet match-up to start the season, but then Griffin finished first in the remaining meets, including the rematch between the two on Sunday. Elgar added, “Mike finished first in the remainder of the dual meet season and is excited to build on his Hock performance at the divisional championships and beyond.”

Griffin has had a strong three years on varsity for KP cross-country and track. His performance at this year’s league meet was 13 seconds faster than his time from last year, when he finished third, despite the course recovering from the previous day’s heavy rains and what the runners described as a slow opening mile. Griffin showed his strength in the closing stretch, as he stayed ahead of Brogan in the race to the finish line.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

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