2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 32-4

Teams

Athens
Cassopolis Ross Beatty
Climax-Scotts
Colon
Decatur
Eau Claire
Grace Christian
Heritage Christian Academy
Howardsville Christian
Kalamazoo Christian
Kalamazoo Hackett
Lawrence
Marcellus
Mendon
St Philip Catholic Central
Tekonsha
White Pigeon

Boys

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Kalamazoo Christian (15), Mendon (20), Lawrence (22)

Highest Rated Seniors

4th place at this regional last year, but his final two races showed why he’s the favorite this year.  19th at State and St. Joseph County Champ, both on the verge of breaking 17:00.

In championship season, it finally came together for Colin.  Broke into the low 18’s at regional, a 10th place finish.  Which turned into 14th in St. Joseph County and 18:03 at MIS, a PR.

Experienced some major improvement in 2019, especially late into October.  Went from 20:07 to 18:23 at Portage and 20:14 to 18:42 at State, amongst others.  Finished 17th at a regional where he had failed to finish in the top-30 the previous two years.

Career Achievement

Two straight years in the top-10 at Regional and top-100 at States.  After a freshman year that was consistently in the lower 18’s, broke that barrier in early August.  Ended up running 17:30 to finish 18th in his division at Portage.

Anyone Else?

Two consecutive top-3 finishes at this regional.  Isaac had a real surprise performance here in 2018, with an almost 20 sec. PR to finish 2nd

Following a freshman track season where he showed some mid-distance potential (55 in the 400), Cole ran XC for the first time.  Started strong in the low 18’s, ended up as the regional champ and All-State.

We’ve had Espen Lehnst, Espen Wood, but I don’t think we’ve had an Espn.  Anyhow, young Espn ran times all over the board in middle school, but some impressive times and finishes as well.  11:42 for 2 miles, 4th place in St. Joseph County.

Girls

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Kalamazoo Christian (2), St. Philip Catholic Central (4)

Highest Rated Seniors

Steady improvement has been Ericka’s forte.  20-40 seconds each year, with a clutch regional performance each time.  She’s been a 3-time State qualifier, this past year finishing 2nd here. 

Like Ericka, Ellie has shown that progress each year, maybe even more so.  Portage seems to be her course, running 22:23 there to a lifetime PR, then almost matching that time to a 17th place regional finish. 

Career Achievement

St. Philip runs a number of high-profile meets late in the season, and Giada has been a top performer at these.  This past season, 5th at Gabriel Richard, 13th at Class D, 5th in the region, and 26th in the state.  A major reason that they finished 6th last year and look to improve upon that.

Unreal improvement from her freshman year.  In most cases, almost 2:00.  Regional champ here, along with a 34th place finish at MIS. 

Anyone Else?

Aubrey’s freshman year started slow but ended with a vicious finish.  Early results in the 24’s turned into a surprising 20:47 at State (33rd place).  3rd in the region, 9th at Portage as well. 

I may have Lily underrated here.  She had some middling mid-season results, but turned it on for big meets.  21:19 at Portage, 7th place at this regional, and then 21:22 at State (likely the highest rated of the three).

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