2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 27-3


Adrian Madison
Ann Arbor Greenhills
Canton Preparatory
Dearborn Advanced Technology
Dearborn Heights Robichaud
Dearborn Heights Star International Academy
Detroit Cristo Rey
Detroit Leadership Academy
Detroit Voyageur Prep
Erie Mason
Hope of Detroit Academy
Monroe St. Mary CC
Riverview Gabriel Richard
Sand Creek
Taylor Preparatory
Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory


Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Stockbridge (8), Clinton (10), Manchester (19), Blissfield (25)

Highest Rated Seniors

Andrew’s junior season showed a leap in both times and big-race capability.  He’d broken into the 18’s during his first two years, but made a significant dent into that level with a 17:26 at the Huron Invite.  Later, at that same Willow course, nabbed a 2nd place finish in the regional, breaking 17:00 in the process.

It’s well known that I’m a fan of those who may not be as talented or take awhile to show their talent.  Nethanel was above 21:00 as a freshman and above 19:00 as a sophomore.  At this regional, he ran his PR (17:43) and placed nearly 50 spots lower than in 2018.

Liam began his XC career as a sophomore, mainly running in the low-20’s, but finishing the year with a sub-19 time.  Given the start, it looked as if his junior season would end similarly.  When October rolled around, he made sure that didn’t happen with quality performances at Hudson Booster (18:10) and Gabriel Richard (18:03).

Career Achievement

Gabe had two breakthrough races last year, both at the championship level.  He very nearly broke 17:00 at the TCC Championships, finishing 2nd.  He was able to bust through that barrier here at regionals, placing 3rd.  That finish wasn’t a surprise, but the time certainly was. 

Anyone Else?

As with Liam Riley, has been a part of the Manchester program for two years.  Also like Liam, had a good race at Gabriel Richard (17:36, his first sub-18).  Doubled that up with a clutch race at this regional, placing 7th, outperforming my projection by 13 spots.

Brock’s incredible range deserves mention.  He definitely can hang with most on the cross course, finishing 20th here the past two years.  If he’s in the mix coming down the stretch, watch out.  His wheels will be unmatched by anyone (10.9/22.2, 2nd place finish in the D2 2019 200m).

I’d be remiss to fail to include a Stockbridge runner here.  They’re a young team that’s capable of having seven guys in the 17’s.  Dalton’s year to year improvement gives hope to their potential.  He ran 18:27 as a freshman on a Stockbridge course that is usually a little quick, as a sophomore he was sub 17:30 on multiple occasions, including a 15th place at the Uncle John’s Regional.


Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Clinton (15), Stockbridge (20), Blissfield (22)

Highest Rated Seniors

After finishing 27th as a freshman, Alissa has notched two consecutive top-5 finishes at this region.  All three years, she’s been top-10 in the TCC and last year, her first top-10 finish at Lenawee County.

Brianna has had the unfortunate circumstance of finishing 16th at her regionals.  But late in October, she showed some significant drops from previous years.  Low 20:00 races at regionals and GLAC show a girl that will likely be pushing 20:00 this year. 

2019 marked Claire’s first individual qualifier.  She came through in what must’ve been a trying season, to that point it had been markedly slower than 2018.  But she came through with a 41 second PR. 

Career Achievement


Mari earned a number of victories last season.  Blissfield EB, LCAA, Keunner, and this Regional.  In terms of time, her regional victory was a bit of a surprise – her first race breaking 20:00.

Anyone Else?

As a freshman, Allie had some pretty notable finishes.  1st place in the 9/10 race at Chelsea, 2nd in the Cascades Conference, and 3rd at this region.  Also nabbed a sub-20 PR at Gabriel Richard.

In 2019, Kaitelyn had significant improvement across many meets.  Greater than a minute at Stockbridge, Hudson Booster, and Greater Lansing.  Reached sub-21 in a 7th place finish at the GLAC Championship.

Progress can occur during a season as well.  Emma’s 27:33 opener at Bert Cebulski was slower than any race she ran in 2018.  Her regional, here at Willow, was faster than any race she ran in 2018.  She placed 15th in that regional race, earning a spot in the State Finals.

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