2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 16-2

Teams

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood
Bloomfield Hills Marian
Detroit Cody
Detroit Communication Media Arts
Detroit Cornerstone Health & Technology
Detroit Country Day
Detroit Henry Ford
Detroit International Academy
Detroit Mumford
Detroit Old Redford
Detroit University Prep
Detroit University Prep Art & Design
Goodrich
Lake Fenton
Linden
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
Ortonville Brandon
Pinckney
Pontiac
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Redford Union
Wixom St. Catherine

Boys

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Pinckney (3), Linden (12), Goodrich (15), Lake Fenton (22)

Highest Rated Seniors

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Joseph can serve as an example of how these talented MS runners can make a name for themselves in HS.  He was sub-12 on multiple occasions at the MS level (as are many freshmen I’ve mentioned), and in his junior year, was able to run into the 16:00’s.  His championship season went exceptionally well, with many races in the 16:30 range.  The best of which seems to be his performance at Flint Metro League, where he finished 2nd

As a sophomore, Lucas had a few races over 20:00.  As a junior, he was sub-18 in almost every race.  That remarkable improvement resulted in his first All-Region performance.

Career Achievement

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Three years in a row, Eli has been an individual qualifier in this region.  He was also victorious on the track – in 2018, winning the 3200m at the Freshman Oakland County meet.

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During the championship season, River was scarily consistent, his ratings all in the 183-188 range.  For a team like Linden that is harboring the idea of another high place at the State Meet, that steadiness is valuable.  His best time was a 16:34 at FML, his best race may have been his State Meet, placing 44th in 16:47.

Colton was able to undergo some substantial improvement from his freshman to sophomore year.  He broke 20:00 ONCE as a freshman.  In October/November of his sophomore year, he broke 18:00 in EVERY race. 

Evan is the key that unlocks Pinckney’s potential.  He has the potential to be one of the better 3rd runners in Division 2.  His MS career contained many impressive times, running sub-11:30 three times last year. 

Girls

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Pinckney (20), Linden (21)

Highest Rated Seniors

The past two years, Maya has racked up many accomplishments.  Twice top-10 at Regionals and once top-40 at MIS.  Her junior year featured a redemptive race at Catholic League.  The previous year, she ran a 22:48 (3:00 off her best), finishing 25th.  Last year, a 5th place finish. 

Vivi is another girl with an accomplished career.  Her freshman and sophomore years (both at the D1 level) featured two All-Region and one All-State performances.  On many occasions, she raced well into the 18’s.  Her junior year was cut short, but if healthy, she’s potentially a top runner in D2.

Melanea ran her best race of the 2019 season at the State Meet.  Not an easy task in a pressure-filled environment, but she was able to obtain a season record (20:13) and finish 82nd, her second consecutive top-100 place.

Career Achievement

In her three years with the Pinckney program, Nyla has quietly racked up a few honors.  She’s finished top-10 in the SEC the past two years.  In an extremely tough regional (2018 Huron Meadows, D1), she hit an individual qualifier.  She even broke 20:00 in that race.

Anyone Else?

Whomever is coaching Goodrich’s MS program is doing great work.  Olivia and Luke Francis raced very competitively last year.  Olivia nabbed victories at Kayla O’Mara and Bath and was consistently in the 12:30 range. 

Through September 2019, Sophie’s freshman year was running very well.  She ran in the 21’s on some tough courses, finished 8th at Soter-Crane.  In October, she was a completely different runner.  Sub-20 on the great Spring Lake course and at MIS, along with a 2nd place finish at this region. 

Erin, Maya Harb, and Ainslie Vanneste seemingly go hand in hand and they all have been integral to Marian’s success over the past two years.  Erin has twice been top-10 at this region.  On the track, she’s a little bit of speedster, finishing 6th at the Oakland County 800m as a freshman. 

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