2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 33-4


Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner
Carson City-Crystal
East Jackson
Frankel Jewish Academy
Lansing Christian
Livingston Christian
Novi Christian Academy
Portland St. Patrick
Whitmore Lake


Top Three Last Year

Team Projections

1Carson City-Crystal36
4Whitmore Lake108
5East Jackson128
8Lansing Christian205

Individual Projections

1111Nathan LottWebberville
2212Coleman ClarkCarson City-Crystal
3311Ashton KeifferCarson City-Crystal
4412Caleb RiversMorrice
5510Caleb HowardWebberville
6610Braylan MajeskyWhitmore Lake
7712Calvin ClarkCarson City-Crystal
8812Owen DoernerMorrice
9911Garrett GoodwinWebberville
101011Cole RinnaWhitmore Lake
111110Brayden ClarkCarson City-Crystal
121212Lucas BliesnerWebberville
131312Jared SheplerCarson City-Crystal
141411Donovan CookEast Jackson
151512Aiden CampbellMorrice
16169Michael AllenEast Jackson
17179Liam WilderWebberville
181811Wade HufnagelFowler
191911Jacob RadamacherFowler
202012Brendan PeckensWebberville

Ranked Teams

Carson City-Crystal (3), Webberville (5), Morrice (13)

Highest Rated Seniors

Coleman has been on the precipice of breaking 16:00 the past two years and I’m betting this is the year he breaks through.  Two-time regional champ at Shepherd, finished 5th and 2nd at State the past two years.

Has been top-10 at this regional all three years of HS.  Finished 2nd last year.  The 2019 season was full of improvements, including a 16:45 PR and first All-State honor.

Steady improvement has been the formula for Calvin.  Each year, he’s improved by 30-40 seconds on average.  This past season, that culminated in multiple high-17:00 efforts, including an 8th place regional finish.

Career Achievement

Pretty amazing how far Owen has come, even in the course of a season.  For his first two years in HS, Owen flirted with the 20 min. barrier, this past year he broke 18:00.  That regional race led to a 12th place and his first trip to MIS.

Anyone Else?


Followed the same path many freshmen take, starting slow and kicking hard to finish the year.  Still notable, no matter which way you shake it.  Broke 18:00 on a fast day at Gabriel Richard, then repeated that effort in a 15th place regional finish.

One of the faster 8th graders last year, especially at bigger meets.  4th at both Carson City and Kayla O’Mara, both in sub-12 fashion.  Freshmen are hard to predict, he could bolt Webberville into the top-3 at State.


Top Three Last Year

Team Projections

1Lansing Christian21
3Whitmore Lake82
4Carson City-Crystal84
5Livingston Christian116

Individual Projections

1112Madison VolzLansing Christian
2212Natalie TebbenLansing Christian
3310Ashlyn KephartLansing Christian
4410Brooke CravenWhitmore Lake
5510Rachel EpkeyFowler
610Cozette BrownPortland St. Patrick
7610Anna MeyerLansing Christian
8712Molly DaileyCarson City-Crystal
9811Lauren PriceWhitmore Lake
1099Hope TebbenLansing Christian
11109Natalie MeadowsWhitmore Lake
121111Olivia DatemaFowler
131212Leah WieberFowler
14139Grace O’HareFowler
151410Lillie CorbatMorrice
169Rebecca KlisiakBellevue
17159Mary Beth HyattCarson City-Crystal
181611Reva LanceFowler
1911Brynn MericleEast Jackson
20179Lillian StilesLivingston Christian

Ranked Teams

Lansing Christian (1), Fowler (11)

Highest Rated Seniors

Three straight top 5 finishes at MIS.  Two straight Regional Titles.  Three consecutive years breaking 19:00.  Madison is the best runner on the best team in Division 4 and has a great chance to repeat her already astounding success.

Natalie showed some incredible improvement in her junior year.  Greater than a minute drops at Greater Lansing and MIS, also her highest regional finish yet (3rd).

Although she’s ran at States with her team, last year was her first as an individual qualifier.  Her 21:25 PR at Scottie Classic was almost repeated by her 21:29 (6th place) regional finish.

Career Achievement

Fowler has been a consistent team at the D4 level and runners like Leah are undoubtedly a reason why.  Consistently been in the low 20’s over the 50 races she’s run in their uniform.  Two All-Region performances too.

Anyone Else?

As a freshman, progressed down to a 19:54 to end the year.  Dramatic improvement was seen even into late October, where she set a massive PR at the GLAC Championships, that sub-20 at Regionals (2nd place), and then an All-State performance the following week.

Brooke took almost the identical path to Ashlyn.  She broke into the 20’s at Stockbridge in late September, and put together identically impressive performances to close the season. 4th at this region and then 28th at State.

Could be the 5th runner that Lansing Christian needs.  Has been consistently in the 14’s at the middle school level, but always turns it up for Greater Lansing, running under 13:30 the past two years.

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