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Ascending Teams and Clarkston

GIRLS

Lansing Christian – Current Rank:  9 (Division 4) Current Rating: 76.9 Jackson Rating: 99.1

Name Under the Lights Laingsburg Concord Springport Bath Weighted Avg. Jackson
Lexi Kinnas 97 110 99 108 118 107 121
Madison Volz 125 137 125 132 140 132 150
Natalie Krueger 54 51 27 35   40 69
Natalie Tebben 57 65 61 38 83 61 88
Natalie Woodland 39 35 48 32 63 44 67

 

Across the board, all of the top 5 Lansing Christian girls improved.  All 5 hit their best ratings for the season and their best times for the season, with Madison Volz getting a lifetime PR (18:41).  It’s not as if this was an anomaly, as they ran well at Bath and improved on that.  These girls will be at Stockbridge on Saturday.

Traverse City West – Current Rank: 17 (Division 1) Current Rating: 117.1 Jackson Rating: 136.4

Name Pete Moss Lancer Weighted Avg. Jackson
Abigail Jean 117 104 110 101
Audrey Braund 111 104 107 118
Claire Ackerman 113 111 112 117
Elliott Smith 125 119 122 142
Kara Crofoot 101 93 98 112
Kate Eveleigh 86 71 78 74
Morgan Lyon 126 125 125 137
Tess Crowley 96 89 92 91
Abby Hunter 116   116 139

 

Hannah Smith coming back into the fold and running a 145 (18:54), but the West girls were bound to move up even if she was held out another week.  Notable performances include PRs from Elliott Smith (19:06), Morgan Lyon (19:19) and Audrey Braund (20:19).  We’ll see the Titans again at Portage.

Bloomingdale – Current Rank: 23 (Division 3)  Current Rating:  76.8 Bangor Rating: 93.0

Name Bridgman Raider Weighted Avg. Bangor
Aimee Sustaita 84 104 96 106
Kallie Harrison 108 118 113 117
Liza Hutchins 46 41 43 65
Marta Douglas -7 42 21 63
Nelly Gonzalez 92 107 101 113
Olaisa Moss 36 28 31 51

 

Kallie Harrison and Nelly Gonzalez have been consistent forces for Bloomingdale for the last two years.  Aimee Sustaita has improved upon a solid freshman year where she ran 21:39. Marta Douglas has stepped up immensely as the year has progressed.  From barely breaking 27 in her opener to running in the 23’s now.  Adjusting for course, I have it as a 3.5 minute improvement.  Will she continue to rise?

Grosse Ile – Current Rank:  13 (Division 2) Current Rating: 111.0 Jefferson Rating: 122.4

Name Downriver Watermelon Averill Spartan Weighted Avg. Jefferson
Alisa Erickson 126 127 133 129 143
Andie Fulmer 116 122 129 122 134
Meghan Dieball 107 114 112 111 121
Caitlin Korte 91 101 102 98 108
Marisa Swick 51 85 84 83 107
Hannah Fulmer 100 89   94 100
Lynder Worsley 67 64 51 60 83

 

Many Grosse Ile girls had exceptional races at Jefferson.  Their whole varsity outperformed their season ratings, including huge jumps from Lynder Worsley and Marisa Swick.  And they have a frontrunner too, Alisa Erickson, who busted out nearly a 20 second PR, nearly reaching that school record.  They’re at Carlson’s Marauder Invite Saturday, but I think she’ll have a good chance at that record at the Wayne County Championships.

Clarkston – Current Rank:  NR (Division 1) Current Rating: 96.2  Jackson Rating: 140.8

Name Autumn Classic Jackson
Mia Patria   150
Grace Nolan   149
Mattie Drennan   142
Mallory Ferguson   133
Emily Ferguson 107 129
Elyse Wilhelm 108 121
Ashleigh Strong 85 97

 

If Clarkston’s girls were to be inserted into last week’s ratings, they’d be #2.  Things change week to week but it’s likely they enter next week at that spot, maybe even #1. I feel they’re a team that might be rated low, but on a state meet projection, would finish higher.   Grace Nolan probably has more in her, as she’s easily won jamborees over runners with 150+ ratings.  Also standing out was Mattie Drennan, with a huge PR, dropping 43 seconds and Mia Patria, who seemed to struggle in their first jamboree.  Nice bounce back performance.

BOYS

Clarkston – Current Rank: NR (Division 1)  Current Rating: 176.2 Jackson Rating: 203.9

Name Preseason Projection Autumn Classic Jackson
Brendan Favazza 207 203 215
Shawn Slater 199   210
Nathan Sesti 205   205
Mark Sprague 188   200
Christian Collis 193 184 189
Jeremy Cavallo 175   186
Carson Brock 165 169 176

 

Shawn Slater, Mark Sprague, Jeremy Cavallo, and Carson Brock all exceeded my preseason expectation.  I’m ecstatic for Cavallo, who dropped under 17 min. for the first time in his career.  Slater ran 15:56 last year, but was inconsistent, which hurt his average rating.  He had a much more steady track season, always around that 9:40 mark for the 32.  Even then, a 210 to start off the season is impressive.  Brock may challenge 17:00 this season after barely running under 18 last year.  And Mark Sprague could be their 4th guy to go sub-16 this year.  Long story short, a great invitational debut for these guys.   I really wish we could see them against Plymouth or Brighton before states.

Birmingham Seaholm – Current Rank: 24 (Division 1) Current Rating: 181.8 Jackson Rating: 188.5

Name Averill Holly Weighted Avg. Jackson
Anthony Marx 153 153 153 158
Brody Longe 167 150 158 175
Gehrig Longe 145 148 147 160
George Nummer 206 205 206 212
Jack Seel 186 170 178 188
Jakob Sayers 209 197 203 206
Robert Gleich   158 158 152
Toland Corum 153 147 150 161

 

Before this weekend, it was pretty certain that Troy and Grosse Pointe North were locks in Region 8.  Royal Oak has an outside chance, but Seaholm’s performance at Jackson definitely lowered their odds.  George Nummer and Jakob Sayers are givens, what is key for Seaholm is their 3/4/5.  Jack Seel got down to 16:58 at the Beach last year, but had two wildly different performances this year.  His 16:46 is what’s needed.  The brothers Longe both set huge PRs and Toland Corum had his best performance of the season by over a minute.

East Grand Rapids – Current Rank: 12 (Division 2) Current Rating: 177.8 Jackson Rating: 185.9

Name Portage EB Bath Spartan Weighted Avg. Jackson
Andrew Periard 185 198 185 190 197
Elijah Becker 159 178 165 168 178
Evan Bishop 200 210 214 209 212
Luke Caswell 135 161 151 151 157
Sean Coney 153 181 175 172 178
Anton Ludwig 144   150 148 165
Enzo Metz   150 142 146 159

 

Andrew Periard and Evan Bishop were to be expected.  I pegged both of them as potential all-staters, and Bishop is coming off a track season where he went 4:25,9:18.  As with many of these teams, their 3-7 runners make the difference.  Elijah Becker is someone who’s steadily dropped time over the course of his career, going from 18:28 as a freshman to 17:10 earlier this season.  His 178 at Jackson lets us know he’s closing in on that 17 minute barrier.  He and Sean Coney will be key to EGR’s success the rest of the season.

Kent City – Current Rank:  19 (Division 3) Current Rating: 159.0 Evart Wildcat Rating: 171.5

Name Kent City Long Lake Muskegon CC CM Hornet Sparta Weighted Avg. Evart Wildcat
Alex Russo 152 162 173 173 166 184
Casey Carew 157   178 157 164 182
Nick Flegel 145 166 174 155 161 162
Ryan Wheeler 156 152 176 171 165 177
Thomas Swanson 98 118 123 141 122 152

 

One has to appreciate when a freshman realizes their potential and keeps progressing.  Thomas Swanson seems to have done that.  Adjusting for course, he’s made at least a 2:30 improvement.  Alex Russo also ran out of his gourd, running 0:55 faster than what he did on the Evart course last year.

Montabella – Current Rank: 25 (Division 4)  Current Rating: 132.2 Evart Wildcat Rating: 146.9

Name 44 47 56 58 Weighted Avg. Evart Wildcat
Chad Pell 132 131 136 144 136 139
Eder Lopez 144 137 140 158 145 157
Erik Green   90 102 83 92 115
Jordan Mawhirter 139 123 156 160 146 166
Riley Daily 91 92 116 123 107 133
Riley Walkington 103 117     110 107
Tristan Lee 121 120 119 132 123 140

 

Evart’s course has traditionally been pretty tough, so no PRs out there for any of these guys.  Erik Green, Jordan Mawhirter, and Tristan Lee notched their best individual ratings of the season.

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