2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 17-2

Teams

Almont
Armada
Center Line
Croswell-Lexington
Detroit Denby
Detroit East English Village
Detroit Osborn
Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy
Hazel Park
Imlay City
Macomb Lutheran North
Marine City
Marysville
St. Clair
St. Clair Shores South Lake
Warren Fitzgerald
Warren Regina
Yale

Boys

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

St. Clair (6), Yale (7)

Highest Rated Seniors

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At Matthew’s top end, he’s also a top-50 returner.  He’s brought it on so many important occasions – 1st at Thumb Area (top-10 all three years), 3rd at Regionals (top-10 all three years), and All-State.  His ratings indicate, given the right conditions, a guy that can dip under that 16:00 barrier this season.

As the 2019 season wore on, Joshua showed a great consistency.  Low 17’s at Hansons and Macomb County led to sub-17’s at River Rat, Regionals, and the State Meet.  His State race had to be especially satisfying, as he improved from a 162nd to 52nd place finish.

Career Achievement

A three-time State qualifier, even with Marine City moving up to Division 2.  He’s gradually improved throughout his career to the point of breaking 17:00 a few times late last year.  Those sub-17 performances resulted in a 7th place regional finish and top-60 place at State.

Anyone Else?

Andrew was able to put together his best race of his career at last year’s Regional.  His 16:59 was a PR, a tough task when the lights are shining.  He’ll be counted on again as a leader of the St. Clair pack.

Along with Connor Mackenzie and the recently graduated Noah Verlinde, part of a dynamic trio for Armada in 2019.  Those three led Armada to a top-20 finish at MIS.  Alec himself has twice been top-10 in Macomb County and top-10 at Regionals.

Significant year to year drops for Ethan from 2018 to 2019.  As a freshman, he was able to get under 18:00 late, as a sophomore, he was able to drop more than a minute.  The most notable improvements came in how he placed – 44th to 8th at Thumb Area, 29th to 10th at Regionals.

Girls

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Warren Regina (11)

Highest Rated Seniors

Sabrina’s tale of progress has occurred both during last season and throughout her career. She was able to start the season in the 21’s and finish it with a sub-20 at this regional.  That ability to navigate through the season doesn’t appear out of nowhere, as she clearly put in work during the previous summer (as an outside observer, very proud of the Regina program.  I’ve seen them at speed sessions, camp, all as a team.  One can see why girls stick it out and get the most out of their ability).  As a freshman and sophomore, Sabrina had not been under 22:00.

Last season, Mackenzie was extremely reliable, but still found a way to turn it on for championship meets.  Her 8th place at Regionals marked a return to the podium there.  It was also a personal best of over 45 seconds.

From MS to HS, it seems Jessica has been around forever.  And here she is, right in the mix for one last go round.  She’s been sub-20 and top-10 at Thumb Area/Regionals in all three years.

Career Achievement

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In her first two years, Allison has been a top performer in October.  She’s been top-10 in consecutive seasons at both Catholic League and Regionals.  And in both seasons, able to smash the 20:00 barrier at Regionals.   

Anyone Else?

Ava had quite the finish of her freshman year.  Sub-20 at Wagener Park, MAC Division, and Regionals.  And her State performance wasn’t too shabby either, a 20:12.  Given St. Clair’s culture, we could have a good one. 

Earlier, I had mentioned Sabrina Kroll’s embrace of summer running.  Reese has exhibited that this summer.  Not that she was bad last year (she finished 15th here), but she’s taken it to another level.  At the Hansons 3-mile CC race at River Bends, she went 19:47, then the following week, a 19:34 at a hilly Kayla O’Mara 5k.

Going into last year, Lamphere’s top girls (Kate and Rebecca Shaffer) were relatively unknown.  But Kate’s 20:54 at Holly, not the easiest course ever, warranted notice.  She had a great championship season, finishing 1st at the MAC Dfivision Meet, 5th at Regionals, and top-60 at State, all in sub-20 performances.

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