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Mason County Central
Hart (2), Manistee (7), McBain (11), Benzie Central (15)
Highest Rated Seniors
Alex’s 2019 track season was cut short, but he was able to bounce back in a major way. He didn’t improve on his personal best, but he did cut down places in other races. He captured the crown in the Oceana County Meet and ended the season with his first top-10 finish at MIS. And I should mention that he’s been sub-16 in each of the past two years.
Kinkade has gone from a kid who couldn’t break 20:00 as a freshman to a successful runner who spent much time in the 17’s as a junior. His first race under the barrier was at Carson City, a 14th place effort. Over the next month, he was able to gradually knock that PR down to a 17:00. He finished 11th at the regional here, much lower than his 49th and 54th place finishes the previous two seasons.
In each of his two XC seasons, Connor has been able to run his best at the end of the year. Benzies usually produces many PRs and he has come through in both years with 16:2x efforts. The All-State honor has escaped him, but if he runs to his capabilities as he’s displayed here, it’s within his wheelhouse.
Ransom racked up a number of victories last season in the Lakes 8 Conference. He was victorious at both jamborees and the championship race. He took that to Regionals, where he placed in the top-10 for the first time ever.
Following an emotional high of a PR, it’s tough to come back the next week and replicate that performance. Wesley’s run at the State Meet showed he’s capable of embracing his success. His 17:06 at MIS was another sub-17 equivalent, a major improvement from his underclass years spent in the 19’s.
Noah had a successful season that perhaps didn’t manifest at MIS. But one race does not a season make. Victories at all three of the conference jamborees, Buckley, Dwayne Rau, and Late Season Warrior. Also, a 7th place finish and 30 sec. personal best at Regionals.
Jayce has embraced the gradual progress that many of us see in running. He had his first taste of sub-18 at the 2018 Regional meet, then was able to considerably lower that mark this past fall. Two consecutive individual qualifiers for him.
Hart (1), Benzie Central (5), McBain (7), Reed City (14), Manton (18)
Highest Rated Seniors
Abbigail has a track record of progress that should continue into 2020. Each year of HS, she’s accomplished more and more. As a freshman, it was a sub-20, the next year, dropping that time by 25+ seconds. As a junior, she nabbed her first All-State finish. In track, she concentrates more on mid-distance, with PRs of 2:24/5:17.
When you’re an Ackley and running at Hart, your success might be ignored. Savannah’s should not. She’s been top-10 in Division 3 all throughout HS and has spent considerable time in the 18’s. Her 2019 season may not have been as “fast” as previous years, but she placed 4th at MIS, her best finish yet. She was also able to run 5:12 this spring, a 2 second PR.
Lynae has been right there with Savannah, an integral part of Hart’s success. She’s been All-State all three years as well, the final two of those in the top-15. She was able to run her best race of the season here at Benzie, nearly breaking her 18:41 PR.
Although a 38 sec. drop in her personal best may seem par for the course, Cierra’s championship was arguably her best yet. A win in the final NWC jamboree was one in a string of 6 consecutive sub-20 races. The last of which was her first All-State honor.
With her sister Klaudia off to GVSU (one of the better freshmen in the GLIAC too), Maggie stepped up her performance. Time-wise, she dropped into the 19’s, both at Regional and State. The State Meet performance had to be extra sweet, as she ran 70+ seconds faster than in 2018.
Miranda has been an accomplished MS runner with results over all distances. She finished 17th at Portage in a sub-10 (2500m) effort and 3rd at Bluejay in 12:43.
Mylie is an example of my end goal here. This winter, she embraced the ratings and used them as motivation for her training. This spring, she was able to run 18:45 in a time trial, a show of the direct relationship of hard work and results. For some, that process takes longer, for her, that immediate response to a stimulus speaks to her potential in this sport.