2020 Previews

An Early Look: Region 15-2

Teams

Alma
Bay City John Glenn
Birch Run
Clio
Essexville Garber
Flint Kearsley
Flint Powers Catholic
Flint Southwestern
Frankenmuth
Freeland
Midland Bullock Creek
North Branch
Saginaw Swan Valley
Shepherd
Standish-Sterling

Boys

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Flint Powers Catholic (11), Freeland (25)

Highest Rated Seniors

Matthew turned it up a notch during the championship season.  He ran his personal best at Greater Flint, which was his first time breaking 17:00.  He nearly duplicated that at Regionals, running 17:03 to place in the top-15 for the second consecutive year.

Evan’s first year of cross country came as a junior and he stepped right into All-Region contention.  He ended up finishing 18th here last year.  It took one race for Evan to get his feet wet, from then on, he was almost always in the 17:00’s.  With a year of experience, expect Evan to get into that top-15.

At Greater Flint, Andrew showed what he’s capable of in this sport.  His 17:06 there definitely wasn’t projected, and was easily his best rating of the season.  He’s had significant improvement throughout the years, during his freshman year, he was largely above 19:30.

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This was a very senior-dominant region last year with the Corunna boys, Jorden Sowash, Wesley Beck, and others.  However, Braydon and Logan were able to break into the too-10 as freshmen.  Logan gets lost in the great talent in the mid-Michigan area, but with the common sophomore breakthrough, he could vault past many.  He gradually improved throughout last year, culminating in a 17:02 here.

Anyone Else?

Lucas gets underrated because of his State race, but he showed a dramatic jump from his freshman to sophomore year.  He mainly ran in the mid-18’s as a freshman, in his second race as a sophomore, he nearly slipped under 17:00.  It took a majority of the season to get back to that level, but he was able to here at Regionals, where he finished 13th

Can Mason follow in the footsteps of Caleb, Tyler Noble, and Seth Schafer in being the next Shepherd great.  Early returns say yes.  He ranks in the top-5 on both their freshman and sophomore lists and has displayed that he can run his fastest late in the season.  He competed in their Midnight Mile, running a 4:48 (and closing in 66!).

Girls

Team Projections

Individual Projections

Ranked Teams

Frankenmuth (3), Shepherd (8), Freeland (13)

Highest Rated Seniors

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Madde just got done running her HS mile PR in Shepherd’s Midnight Mile.  Along with the ultra-talented, deep Shepherd team, she moves into D2.  Late in her sophomore year, she broke 20:00 for the first time.  As a junior, she cemented her status into the 19’s, resulting in a 20th place finish at MIS.

Delaney roared back from a subpar Regional race to nab her second consecutive top-100 finish at MIS.  That State Meet performance was key in Frankenmuth’s 6th place finish and she’ll be needed to get them into the top-5 this year.  She’s broken 20:00 each of the past two years.

Career Achievement

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Twice the Regional Champion, Kiera has established herself as a big race runner.  In both of the past two years, she’s run her season best at this race.  Peaking like this (compared to early season efforts) leaves her a little underrated, as she’s definitely shown she can compete with Gabbie and Haileigh.  Oh, she’s also been All-State in both seasons as well.

Anyone Else?

Amelia also competed in the Midnight Mile and ran faster than Madde Skeel and Ariel Warner.  Results like that can compound, if she can race with them over a mile, she can do it over 5k.  And she’s shown she’s capable of doing so, owning a PR of 19:32 from her sophomore year.

Mary just missed an inclusion in the top 50 returners, but she is definitely one of the better incoming freshmen.  She was just a winner last year.  Bluejay, Marauder, Saginaw County being a few examples.  She even moved up to the 5k distance, running 20:43 at the Delta College PROM.

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