2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 29-4

Teams

Baldwin
Bear Lake-Onekama
Brethren
Buckley
Fife Lake Forest Area
Frankfort
Grand Traverse Academy
Leelanau St. Mary
Leland
Maple City Glen Lake
Mason County Eastern
Mesick
Pentwater
Suttons Bay
The Leelanau School
Walkerville

Boys

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Mason County Eastern (7), Bear Lake-Onekama (16), Frankfort (17), Grand Traverse Academy (20), Maple City Glen Lake (24)

Highest Rated Seniors

The past two seasons, Alex has been a force at this regional, finishing 3rd both times.  He’s repeated those outstanding performances at State as well, nabbing All-State both seasons.  This year, he looks to break 17:00 for the first time, narrowly missing that mark each of the past two years.

Going into 2019, it was tough to tell if Grant’s 18:10 at the 2018 Manistee National was an anomaly or not.  Track offered little clue, but his October results spoke to his ability.  8th at Regionals, 27th at State.  That State time (17:19), rates out as his best performance by greater than a minute.

Henry has improved his running in both time and place throughout his three years.  Last season, he vaulted into the top 100 at State for the first time ever, a performance in line with his 17:40’s at Class D and Pete Moss.

Career Achievement

All-Region in both his sophomore and junior years, top-30 at Class D in both years as well.  Last season featured his first forays into the 17’s (after three years of trying) at Class D and a NWC Jamboree here at Benzie.

Anyone Else?

Hunter has snuck under 18:00 each of the past two years.  Twice All-Region and top-100 at State.

Arthur had already been good as a 7th grader (12:11 Northern Michigan), but jumped a level in 2019.  His 11:17 (3000m) at Leelanau St. Mary gapped the field by almost 30 seconds and was surely sub-12 if it were the full 2 miles.

Nate’s freshman year ended in a fury, with a 2nd place finish here.  That 17:08 was his best time, his 17:25 at Class D his best rating.  He notched a few wins as well, both at Pentwater Falcon and Evart.

Girls

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Leland (22), Grand Traverse Academy (23), Buckley (25)

Highest Rated Seniors

Alexis was running mid-24’s through the heart of her freshman season.  She has come a great way from that, finally breaking into the 19’s at Class D.  She followed that up with a 3rd place regional finish and a 15th place at State, her first All-State honor.

Shelby has been a consistent presence on the medal stand at this Benzie Regional.  Top-5 in each of her three years at the high school level.  Also has been top-20 at Class D and top-100 at State in each season.

As with Shelby, Emma has also been a presence here, All-Region each year.  Last year featured her highest performance at State, where she finished 102nd

Career Achievement

Two-time regional champ looks to make it three in a row (and she’ll have some competition).  If her performance in big races (4th at 2019 XC State, 5th in 2019 Track 3200m) is any indication, she’ll be up for the challenge. 

Anyone Else?

Profile.

Petra’s freshman year featured some tremendous improvement.  She began the season with a mid-24 race at Pete Moss (here at Benzie, normally a quicker course), then dropped 3:00+ to a 21:12 on these same grounds.  Even a week later, a 21:15 at State, which in normal conditions might be sub-21.

Even our young middle schoolers can show that improvement.  Olivia had not broken 15:00 over the full 2 mile/3200m distance before last season.  In 2019, she did that at each of her five races at that distance, including a sub-14 performance at Buckley.

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