2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 26-3

Teams

Algonac
Brown City
Capac
Clawson
Detroit Central
Detroit Collegiate Prep
Detroit Community
Detroit Edison PSA
Detroit Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
Detroit Loyola
Detroit Pershing
Madison Heights Bishop Foley
Memphis
New Haven
Redford Westfield Prep
Richmond
Rochester Hills Lutheran NW
Royal Oak Shrine
Southfield Bradford Academy
Warren Michigan Collegiate
University Liggett

Boys

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

None.

Highest Rated Seniors

After a freshman year where he broke 17:00 and a sophomore year where he did not, Tyler roared back with an impressive junior year.  Multiple honors, including 7th in Macomb County, 18th in the State, and Regional champion.  Along with a nice, shiny new PR of 16:34.

Mitch has been following Jack Decker for a few years, now it’s time to lead.  Last season featured some significant jumps, ones that we could see coming after his sophomore track season.  His 17:16 at Gabriel Richard was almost a 50 second drop from 2018.

Dennis represents yet another case of kids taking their finish from the previous year and turning it into a positive the next year.  43rd at his regional in 2018 to 15th in 2019.  Breaking 18:00 after barely sneaking under 20:00 as a sophomore.  He’s been in the store recently and has high aspirations for this year, and with that improvement, I believe in him.

Career Achievement

Two-time State qualifier here (Hess Hathaway in 2018, Goodells in 2019).  Consistently has been a low-18 guy in the championship season, but was able to achieve a PR in his 13th place finish last year.

Anyone Else?

Credit to the Jahlani and the Edison folks for having a successful program in a city that recently, hasn’t had much distance running prowess.  Jahlani was consistently a mid-18 performer last year, which should put him in the discussion for a state qualifying spot. 

Mathew ran a significant PR on an ideal day at Chandler Park to nab an All-Region honor.  Signs of that race were apparent in earlier races, such as his 4th place finish in the MIAC. 

Brendan didn’t even run varsity as a freshman at regionals.  Last year, he was a key contributor to Foley’s team victory.  He was a mid-18 guy after not breaking 20:00 as a freshman. 

Girls

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

None.

Highest Rated Seniors

In her first cross country season, as a junior, Riley showed a steadiness often seen with those that have been around the sport for a while.  She ran around the 23:00 mark quite often, dipping below it at Muskrat Classic and State Finals.

Last season, Jasmine narrowly missed on an All-Region honor, but given a comparison to 2018, it almost seems like a given.  Jasmine competed in the 22’s all year, when it was tough for her to break 25:00 as a sophomore.  Credit to her for descending into a new level.

Significant improvement, especially in late October.  Ran sub-23 at Gabriel Richard and the Goodells Regional, along with a 23:42 on a tough Possum Hollow course.  Quite impressive when you consider she was mostly running above 30:00 as a freshman.

Career Achievement

Twice a State qualifier up in Division 2.  Clawson moves down to Division 3 and Claire now moves into the All-State discussion.  In both her freshman and sophomore years, she’s turned it on down the stretch with many performances near or below that 20:00 barrier.

Anyone Else?

She’s silently run in Claire Thomson’s footsteps, but seems poised for a breakout.  Ran a 20:37 on a tough Linden course at Regionals, a good 40+ seconds better than she was as a freshman.

The bloodlines are there (Paul, Olivia, Ethan) and so are the results.  Consistently around 13:00 on courses that are fair and historically accurate.  3rd at Lutheran Schools, 5th at the Eastside Invite, and 1st in the NSLAA.

With Shrine’s move to D3, Clara’s path becomes a bit tougher, but she should be up for the challenge.  Ran much faster than ever before to close her sophomore year (Chandler Park notwithstanding).  Sub-22 at Gabriel Richard and State Finals.

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