2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 31-4


Byron Center Charter
Fruitport Calvary Christian
Holland Calvary Christian
Libertas Christian
Muskegon Catholic Central
New Buffalo
St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic
Three Oaks River Valley
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
Tri-Unity Christian


Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Saugatuck (1), The Potter’s House (14), Libertas Christian (22)

Highest Rated Seniors

Very likely the biggest darkhorse in Division 4 this season.  Nik’s career success is nothing to scoff at.  He’s been All-State all three years, with a 3rd place finish amongst those.

Carsen experienced a major breakthrough at 2018 Regionals (17:15, a 35 sec. PR), then carried that into 2019.  His 17:26 at MIS led to his best finish yet, 32nd, and showed a progression that puts him in the All-State discussion.

Andrew’s championship races were almost identical to Carsen.  6th at Regionals, 33rd at States.  As with many Potter’s House runners, his junior year was his first year running (or first year that I can find results). 

Career Achievement

Max’s first two years at Saugatuck are as good as any you’ll find.  Twice All-State and All-Region (winning it this year).  Had two outstanding performances at Holly and Portage last year, along with a 4:30 1600m PR this winter.

Nile made tremendous progress between seasons (both in the winter and summer).  After finishing his freshman year with an 18:34 PR and 139th place finish at State, he turned in a sophomore season featuring sub-17 and All-State. 

Anyone Else?

There were some serious time drops for Michael from his 10th to 11th grade year.  He finished the year with more than a 1:15 overall PR, but even greater was his improvement at Regionals (19:23, 24th to 17:51, 9th)

Even greater drops occurred for Jonathan last season.  After not breaking 21 as a freshman, Jonathan was able to get into the 18’s to finish the year.  That wasn’t enough to qualify for MIS, but with his year to year track record, he has a great shot of meeting that goal.

Adam ran his best in early October at Portage, then struggled late.  But in January, a 4:48 indoors shows that was likely just a blip.  He will be counted on to hold off the other Division 4 contenders.


Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Saugatuck (9), Libertas Christian (21)

Highest Rated Seniors

Jillian is a sprinter by trade (27.6/62.5), but not bad at this cross country thing either.  Consistently a 21:00 girl last year, especially into the championship season.  Placed 14th on a tough track at Centreville last year.

Esther’s junior year was her initial foray into this sport.  She started slow, but showed quick progress, eventually getting down to the mid-21’s. 

One of the few Holton girls that are running, Lily’s perseverance is to be admired.  3 straight State Meet qualifiers for this girl.

Career Achievement

Turned in an incredible regional performance last year, knocking more than a minute off her previous best.  My projections had her in the top 15, but not in the 21:00 range.  Experiences such as those can set up well for important, pressure-filled races down the line.

Anyone Else?

Allison was one of the rare 8th graders able to compete at the HS level last year.  And when she competed, she competed.  Two low-21 performances, an All-Region and top-50 finish at State.

Maya also had the chance to compete at the 5k level, albeit in the open race after regionals.  And showed that she’ll be a serious contributor this year, running 20:33.

Ceci turned in two results last year that speak to her potential.  She topped the field at the Berrien County Meet, finishing in 12:28 and finished 14th at Portage with a 9:59 (2500m). 

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