2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 23-3

Teams

Brooklyn Columbia Central
Dansville
Grass Lake
Hanover-Horton
Homer
Hudson
Jackson Lumen Christi
Jonesville
Leslie
Michigan Center
Napoleon
Onsted
Quincy
Springport
Union City

Boys

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Leslie (9), Dansville (17), Hanover-Horton (18), Napoleon (21)

Highest Rated Seniors

Dean narrowly missed the cut in the 50 Tickets to Brooklyn series. He set a new PR, 16:23, at Shepherd, then doubled that up with clutch performances at Cascades, Regionals, and States. He’s been top-5 in the region the past two years and this was his first All-State honor.

As with Dean, Alec turned it on late. His breakthrough was a little later, on an ideal day at Gabriel Richard. That 16:23 spurred more impressive performances, including a 4th place in the Regional and 16th place in the State.

In terms of time, Alex has taken a more steady path. In terms of achievements, much more dramatic. In 2017 and 2018, Alex’s regionals were a bit disappointing, running slower than he had previously in the season. For his junior year, he flipped that, with only his 3rd sub-17 finish and his first trip to MIS.

Career Achievement

Jalen’s improvement from 2018 to 2019 makes you wonder what his potential is here. As a freshman, he flirted with the 18:00 barrier, dipping under it at both Gabriel Richard and Regionals. As a sophomore, he was consistently under 17:00, taking that all the way to a 10th place finish at the Division 4 State Meet.

Anyone Else?

Last year, I pegged Joseph as being an impact for Dansville. It took awhile, but he was able to fill that role late into October. His 5th place regional finish, a 17:34, was able to help his team secure a Regional Championship, and with the move to Division 3, he’ll be counted on again.

That breakthrough race can happen at anytime, but it’s all the more special when it’s from someone young at an important event. Rhett was ranked 9th going into this regional last year, and his rating suggested a sub-17 performance. But it didn’t predict a 16:39 and 6th place finish. It’s often the case that the following race is a letdown, but Rhett didn’t let that occur, with an even more impressive 16:47 at MIS. This regional has so much young talent.

I did not peg Cameron as an key player on Leslie’s team last year, but taking a glance at his MS results, perhaps he was overlooked. As the season wore on, he showed his presence, with consistent mid-17 runs. That steadiness will be needed as Leslie relies on its depth to move up the D3 leaderboards.

Girls

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Jackson Lumen Christi (16)

Highest Rated Seniors

Three years for Renae have resulted in so many achievements.  Top-3 at Regionals three times, Top-2 in the I-8 twice, and All-State twice.  The 2019 season even saw a PR, a 19:12, 30+ seconds better than 2018.

After three years of hard work, Kailee put it together for a memorable finish at MIS.  She’s always been a quick one (with a 2:23 800m to her credit), but the endurance side has maybe taken a bit longer to develop.  In late October, she came through with multiple sub-20 times and an All-State finish.

Haley has the amazing ability of running her best when it matters, in late October.  The past three years, she’s either set a season record or personal best in a championship race.  She’s been top-10 in the region twice and this year could be her highest finish yet. 

Career Achievement

It’s been a constant cycle of growth for Faith.  Her freshman year of XC ended with an All-Region performance, but this past fall, her regional race was a winning performance at Regionals.  Along with that victory were some major time drops, with many finishes in the mid-19’s.  She placed 22nd at the State Meet and continued that momentum into indoor, where she set a new 3200m PR, 11:30.

Anyone Else?

Kaley is one of the leaders on a Hudson squad that’s been prominent at the Division 4 level.  The Tigers have finished in the top-10 at MIS in all three of her years there.  She’s been a major factor in that, placing in the top-50 individually on each occasion.

As her older sister (Reagan) graduates, Sydney moves in to fill her spot.  It might take awhile to reach Reagan’s level, but Sydney has definitely shown she’s capable, with a consistent string of mid-13:00 performances last year.

Madison should bolster Lumen Christi’s already formidable top two.  She really dropped some time to end last year, her final two races of the 12:30 variety. She won the I-8 Middle School and even entered in a little indoor track, running sub-13.

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