Haley Boccomino started running because of her mom, Shannon.
“I grew up in a stroller watching her compete,” said Boccomino, who was recently named Macomb’s female athlete of the year after qualifying for the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track national championships six times in two years.
As Haley got older, she started to enter small races, and her mom would run alongside her. Boccomino continued running with the Girls on the Run club and then Center Line High School, where she was the only female on the team and would train with the boys. An assistant coach told her about the Macomb program, where she would go on to earn back-to-back All-American honors in the 4 x 800 meter relay.
“I could not appreciate my teammates any more,” she told The Macomb Daily. “It is so great to have a support system.”
Boccomino, who was salutatorian at Center Line, carried a 3.805 GPA at Macomb and now has an athletic scholarship to continue her education at Wayne State, where she hopes to join the pre-med program and become a physician assistant.
“I knew Macomb was going to be best option of the opportunities I would have,” she said. “It was a smart thing to do because I saved so much money going to Macomb that now I can put it toward my education going elsewhere, and I got all the classes I needed. I’m really excited for the challenge.”