Girls Returners: 10-6

As with the boys, I’m ranking these.  Enjoy!

10. Makenna Veen, Plainwell


  • Victories at some major meets last year, Otsego Bulldog and Regionals.
  • Tied for her best rating on the most important race of the fall, placing 2nd to a mystery runner in the top 5
  • Laid down some serious PRs in the 400, 800, and 3200.
  • 1st place at State finals with a 10:38

9. Alexa Keiser, Fenton


  • Other than a hot day at Spartan, very consistent throughout the year, ratings within 3 points of one another.
  • Reached All-State for the third consecutive year
  • PRed in the 800, also threw down a 62, which shows range
  • Second straight year as All-State in the 3200, improving from 8th to 6th

8. Adit Dau, GR Ottawa Hills


  • As with Ebright, not many results other than conference meets, but those results are all quality
  • Most impressive is a 2nd place at the Allendale Regional
  • Showed track ability across the board, hard to discern what’s the most impressive of those times

7. Sophie Novak, Lake Orion


  • Established herself as a force you don’t want near you on the homestretch in XC, shown by a gutty win at Regionals
  • Backed that up with, by far, her most outstanding performance of the season at MIS
  • Showed tremendous track ability in mid-distance events
  • 4:49 is ranked 12th among all sophomores nationwide

6. Ashlyn Nagel, Bay City Western


  • Integral member and leader of Bay City Western squad always there in big meets
  • Like Novak, outperformed her rating to a top-10 finish at MIS
  • PRed in both the 1600 and 3200, dropping a whopping 23 seconds in the 3200.
  • Member of 1st place 3200 relay team (wouldn’t be shocked if her split was faster than the 2:23 listed)

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