|Place||Team||Score||1st Girl||2nd Girl||3rd Girl||4th Girl||5th Girl||6th Girl||7th Girl|
|1||Muskegon Western Michigan Christian||117||1||3||25||33||55||73||87|
|4||Rochester Hills Lutheran NW||193||6||19||20||62||86||96||110|
|6||Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart||263||7||22||57||85||92||113||120|
|8||Adrian Lenawee Christian||343||9||21||90||104||119||141||157|
|11||Allen Park Cabrini||366|
|13||Royal Oak Shrine||382|
|18||The Potter’s House||433|
|19||Lake Leelanau St. Mary||444|
|21||Battle Creek St. Philip||456|
|23||Petoskey St. Michael||469|
|24||St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic||489|
|27||Gaylord St. Mary||572|
Muskegon Western Michigan Christian vaulted into the top spot in the D4 Girls Rankings following. Abby VanderKooi was her usual self and we saw a glimpse of her sister, Grace VanderKooi. WMC has always had a solid squad behind Abby, but never quite enough depth to make a state title contender. Grace hasn’t run since Portage, but her name is listed in the entries. For these projections, I feel it necessary to include runners listed in the entries. If she runs, they’re the favorite. If not, they still have a great chance!
Kalamazoo Christian is your defending champ and just like last year, they get it done by their outstanding pack. At the SAC Championship, the Comets put 5 girls under 21:05 en route to a conference title against many D3 foes.
Hillsdale Academy features the same sort of tight-knit racing. Megan Roberts highlights the bunch, she’s at the front yet again, just another year in her bid for 5 All-State honors. The Colts are bolstered by 8th grader Ruth Brownlee and are fresh off winning the Class D crown over fellow top-10 team, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart
Johannesburg-Lewiston is ready to pounce onto the podium in the case of a Grace VanderKooi absence. Regional week saw the continued emergence of Madalyn Agren. Madalyn kept showing last winter and is reaping the rewards of that training.
Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest is about as battle-tested as they come. The Crusaders won the MIAC over Whitmore Lake and captured the Region 36 crown over Allen Park Cabrini, Royal Oak Shrine, and a perennial power, Clarkston Everest Collegiate.
|1||12||Abby VanderKooi||Muskegon Western Michigan Christian||160.8|
|2||12||Makenna Scott||Maple City Glen Lake||142.2|
|5||9||Grace VanderKooi||Muskegon Western Michigan Christian||138.3|
|7||10||Ava Teed||Allen Park Cabrini||124.0|
|8||11||Erika Van Loton||Huron Valley Lutheran||122.3|
|9||11||Mackenzie Lemke||Rochester Hills Lutheran NW||120.2|
|10||10||Amelia Thompson||Big Rapids Crossroads Academy||117.6|
|11||12||Nicole Olivieri||Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart||115.3|
|12||11||Megan Roberts||Hillsdale Academy||114.8|
|13||9||Izzy Brooks||Adrian Lenawee Christian||114.3|
|14||9||Eliza Keith||Auburn Hills Oakland Christian||111.8|
|15||10||Ivy Andreas||The Potter’s House||111.8|
|17||11||Ashlyn Kephart||Lansing Christian||109.9|
|18||9||Natalie Gibbs||Birmingham Roeper||104.4|
|19||10||Miriam Murrell||Gaylord St. Mary||104.3|
|21||10||Natalie Meadows||Whitmore Lake||101.9|
|22||9||Alaina Klooster||Kalamazoo Christian||101.7|
|26||10||Abby Rice||Rochester Hills Lutheran NW||97.9|
|27||11||Madeleine Barge||Rochester Hills Lutheran NW||97.6|
|29||12||Elizabeth Scharer||Adrian Lenawee Christian||97.0|
|30||12||Riley Hacker||Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart||96.6|
|32||11||Kaylee Locke||Beal City||95.2|
|33||9||Ella Walton||Hillsdale Academy||94.8|
|34||11||Brianna Zuidema||Muskegon Western Michigan Christian||94.6|
|35||11||Aubrey Herder||Kalamazoo Christian||93.1|
|36||11||Petra Foote||Grand Traverse Academy||92.9|
|37||11||Helana Napiorkowski||Austin Catholic||92.9|
|38||10||Allison Glendening||St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic||92.9|
|39||12||Paige Anderson||Harbor Beach||92.8|
|40||8||Ruth Brownlee||Hillsdale Academy||92.0|
|41||9||Jane Manthei||Petoskey St. Michael||91.4|
|43||9||Reece Wruble||Harbor Beach||90.4|
|44||11||Annika Sytsma||Kalamazoo Christian||90.4|
|45||12||Ava Rotman||Muskegon Western Michigan Christian||90.0|
|46||11||Sydney Van Es||Kalamazoo Hackett||89.7|
|48||11||Brooke Craven||Whitmore Lake||88.9|
|50||12||Rachal Weber||Beal City||88.3|
Not much needs to be said about Abby VanderKooi. Twice 3rd place at FootLocker, 3-time State Champ. She suffered a toe injury in track that hampered her ability to grab multiple titles and it appears she’s still recovering from that. And by recovering, I mean she’s the clear favorite.
Makenna Scott is your defending champ. She burst through given the opportunity last year when many succumbed to the unseasonable heat. Her steady style and even pace was a benefit compared to the masses who were redlining. She’s been battling all season with Aiden Harrand. It’s amazing to me how there’s these two talents in the same conference, in two tiny schools, going head to head seven times this year. The count right now is Makenna 4, Aiden 3. I am not attempting to create a rivalry here, I sense a mutual respect between the two, and constant drive to push one another.
Presley Allen has been a middle school phenom that’s panned out. The pride of Mendon, when she’s pushed, she can really rip it. Mid-18’s at Portage and Otsego, along with a 19:01 on a wet day at Jackson.
|Place||Team||Score||1st Boy||2nd Boy||3rd Boy||4th Boy||5th Boy||6th Boy||7th Boy|
|6||Petoskey St. Michael||255||5||16||28||96||110||130||175|
|8||Riverview Gabriel Richard||283||12||43||55||75||98||155||169|
|11||The Potter’s House||312|
|12||Adrian Lenawee Christian||319|
|13||Royal Oak Shrine||324|
|14||Mason County Eastern||363|
|18||Muskegon Western Michigan Christian||412|
|21||Battle Creek St. Philip||477|
With a shocker at Pete Moss, Johannesburg-Lewiston vaulted to the front of the rankings. Coach Marcum puts an emphasis on a few meets a year, one of those being a good opener, and boy did the Cardinals put the state on notice. They have firepower up front with Malaki Gascho, Jacob Wartenberg, and Blake Fox all likely to hit All-State status. But their 4th and 5th aren’t bad either, both are rated as the best 4th and 5th in the field.
Concord put a scare into Johannesburg-Lewiston at Portage, finishing a mere 14 points back. Jonathon Mikovits has been a mainstay, three-time All-Stater. Joe Bulko and Adair Artis are running the best that I’ve seen them run and the Yellowjackets are strong through 4 runners. If they can find a 5, they’re a good bet to finish in the Top 2.
If not, Hillsdale Academy is sitting right there. Hillsdale has been ranked #2 for the majority of championship season, mainly based on two factors – their outstanding race at Holly earlier in the year and their 8th grade addition, Grayson Rorick. The Colts also have the added benefit of having the strongest 6th and 7th runners in the race, they can absorb a subpar effort, but also can be a bit more aggressive given quality depth to fall back on.
|1||11||Lezawe Osterink||The Potter’s House||197.8|
|4||12||Brock Lynch||Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart||186.0|
|6||12||Samuel Paga||Petoskey St. Michael||182.7|
|7||12||Emil Schlueter||Hillsdale Academy||180.7|
|11||12||Isaac Bos||Kalamazoo Christian||178.0|
|15||11||Alex Meszaros||Riverview Gabriel Richard||174.4|
|16||12||Ashton Keiffer||Carson City-Crystal||174.4|
|21||11||Macartan Moore||Petoskey St. Michael||170.6|
|24||12||Logan Johnson||Novi Christian Academy||168.8|
|26||12||Jonah Cerone||Royal Oak Shrine||168.4|
|27||11||Logan Swiney||The Potter’s House||167.5|
|28||11||Isaac Bogard||Kalamazoo Christian||167.3|
|29||12||Ethan McFarland||Auburn Hills Oakland Christian||166.9|
|30||11||Lars Huffman||Mackinaw City||166.8|
|32||11||Christopher Russelburg||Allen Park Cabrini||165.7|
|35||11||Nate Wing||Mason County Eastern||164.9|
|38||10||Luke Sprague||Battle Creek St. Philip||162.1|
|41||9||Tom Shafer||Lutheran Westland||160.0|
|42||12||Jonas Lanser||McBain Northern Michigan Christian||159.9|
|43||10||Thomas Holm||Hillsdale Academy||159.9|
|44||10||Kaden Forward||Bear Lake-Onekama||159.9|
|46||11||Zachary Maendel||Petoskey St. Michael||159.8|
|48||12||Cole Rinna||Whitmore Lake||159.7|
Lezawe Osterink was all ready to show us what he had in 2020, then he was sidelined for the State Meet. We’re blessed that last year was his sophomore year and we’ll have plenty of opportunities to see his prowess. In the opportunities we’ve seen thus far, we’ve seen him make the most of it. This spring, he raced to a 9:41 at Shepherd’s Bluejay Elite 3200m, then followed that up with a 5th place finish in the D4 3200m. His 2021 cross campaign has been domination, pure and simple. All victories with multiple sub-16 efforts to boot. His most impressive effort was a 15:42 at Portage, laying to waste a great D4 field filled with potential All-State athletes.
Never underestimate the heart of a champion. Mason Sumner is a champion and will always be one. He won here in 2019, his team won here in 2019, and he’s got a special someone watching over him. When he’s had to run fast, he’s gotten after it, with 16:0x efforts at Happy Acres, Saranac, and Bluejay.
Just as Mel Tucker came into the State of Michigan like a wrecking ball, these runners and teams are coming to MIS on a roll:
Whitmore Lake Girls: Natalie Meadows brings the firepower up front, fresh off her regional (and first ever) win. Brooke Craven and Lauren Price have experience running at MIS. Isabella Nelson-Daniels and Savannah Pomorski both finished much higher than expected at the Webberville Regional. The Trojans made easy work of a region that should come out to be fairly strong – Lansing Christian and Fowler are both expected to be in the top-15 at State.
Nicole Olivieri: The sprint star (and maybe 800m star, just sayin’) running cross for the first time as a senior. After taking a few races to find her groove, she’s moved to the front of the Sacred Heart pack. 20:58 at John Bruder turned to a 20:08 and now two consecutive sub-20’s. She’s still learning how to push herself in the latter stages of races, and she should have plenty of bodies to go after on Saturday.
Riverview Gabriel Richard Boys: Gabriel Richard emerged victorious from one of the tougher regions on the D4 side. No, it wasn’t the three-team strength of Region 33 or 34, but 36 had the ringer of Shrine, Lutheran Westland, Plymouth Christian Academy, and a disappointed Cardinal Mooney team (there were some results issues – Cardinal Mooney initially thought they were in). In particular, John Borowicz and Johnny Benko ran above expectation, while Alex Meszaros nabbed first, leading the way through an abnormally slow Chandler Park course.
Brock Lynch, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart: Sorry, I can’t help it with two Sacred Heart Irish in this section. 2021 and in particular, October, has been winning season for Brock. Mid-season, a few people doubted his inclusion in D4’s top-10, he’s more than silenced his critics. 16:48 at Portage, easily a sub-17:00 equivalent performance at Freeland, then three straight victories. One of those victories was over Sumner, his Class D victory over Schlueter and Lott, and the MSAC one over Ashton Keiffer. All of those names are accomplished and will be in the mix in three days. At the close of his career, Brock has made a major move to etch his name into Sacred Heart lore.