You’ll notice the summaries are a bit shorter here. Written at 2am on Friday morning, after 300,000 words (about a 1200 page novel) and 4.5 months of work, I’m a little tired. I hope you understand. 🙂
I’ll see you all on Saturday. I’ll be hanging out in the Michigan Room, where the All-State athletes and Top 2 Teams congregate before going on stage. The MHSAA asked me to do this and it was a no-brainer. I get to meet so many of these great athletes I look up to and have covered throughout their careers.
Have a great weekend and THANK YOU.
|Place||Team||Score||1st Girl||2nd Girl||3rd Girl||4th Girl||5th Girl||6th Girl||7th Girl|
|1||Ann Arbor Pioneer||59||3||6||10||11||29||35||92|
|2||Holland West Ottawa||134||1||4||14||55||60||61||84|
|4||Traverse City Central||179||2||23||41||50||63||117||144|
|12||Ann Arbor Skyline||373|
|13||Bay City Western||374|
|14||South Lyon East||389|
|15||Walled Lake Northern||391|
|16||Forest Hills Northern||410|
Ann Arbor Pioneer – the emergence of Natalie Mello. She didn’t run cross as a 9th grader and has quickly acquitted herself to the sport, stepping in as their 5th girl capable of running in the low-19’s.
Holland West Ottawa – Abby & Sophie Bonnema. Their improvement each and every year is a great backbone for the talent that West Ottawa possesses. Although Sophie has run into some injury trouble, she’ll still be a valuable contributor Saturday.
Saline – the steady career of Madison Stern. She’s finished in the top-10 in the SEC every year, top-100 in the State as well. She’s had her best season to date time-wise, and has put herself in position to step onto the All-State podium
Traverse City Central – the freshman to sophomore leap of Alexis Ball. Compare similar courses and meets and you’ll see the dramatic drop. At Bluejay, 20:01 to 18:28. Big North Conference, 16th place to 4th place.
|1||11||Arianne Olson||Holland West Ottawa||177.2|
|2||12||Julia Flynn||Traverse City Central||174.2|
|3||10||Rachel Forsyth||Ann Arbor Pioneer||172.9|
|4||9||Helen Sachs||Holland West Ottawa||167.6|
|5||12||Madison Foster||Temperance Bedford||162.6|
|7||12||Sarah Forsyth||Ann Arbor Pioneer||156.6|
|8||10||Jayden Harberts||Macomb Dakota||155.9|
|11||12||Lisa Luecke||Allen Park||152.9|
|12||12||Cookie Baugh||Ann Arbor Pioneer||152.3|
|13||11||Emily Cooper||Ann Arbor Pioneer||152.0|
|18||12||Abby Bonnema||Holland West Ottawa||148.0|
|20||12||Chloe Wall||Waterford Kettering||146.7|
|21||11||Allison Cornell||Forest Hills Northern||145.8|
|23||10||Mia Bateson||Forest Hills Central||145.5|
|25||11||Anna Delgado||East Lansing||144.5|
|26||10||Ava King||Traverse City West||143.6|
|27||12||Adit Dau||Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills||143.5|
|28||11||Lola Thomas||Grand Blanc||143.0|
|30||10||Mariah Belmont||Macomb Dakota||142.2|
|33||11||Liliane Aittama||South Lyon East||142.1|
|35||11||Taylor Pangburn||Grand Ledge||141.3|
|37||10||Alexis Ball||Traverse City Central||141.2|
|38||9||Jordyn Klaasen||Zeeland West||140.5|
|39||12||Lauren Sancrant||Temperance Bedford||140.4|
|40||10||Selma Anderson||Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills||140.1|
|41||11||Genavieve Kushner-Lopez||Walled Lake Western||139.4|
|42||9||Valerie Beeck||Grand Haven||139.3|
|44||9||Isabelle Becker||Bay City Western||139.2|
|45||10||Natalie Mello||Ann Arbor Pioneer||139.2|
|46||10||Katie Watkins||H.H. Dow||139.0|
|48||12||Kate Jenkins||Bloomfield Hills||138.0|
|50||11||Caroline Vance||Ann Arbor Skyline||137.5|
Arianne Olson – took a bit of a hit last cross season, has avenged that and more. Undefeated and hitting absurd times.
Julia Flynn – had some heel trouble late in track season, laid down some impressive times early in the year. She’s been similarly dominant. Also undefeated, but I don’t get the sense she has gone all out that often this year.
Rachel Forsyth – has the speed, range, and numerous results. Tested Olson and Flynn for the first few miles at Portage and Pete Moss.
Helen Sachs – the unshakeable freshman almost nipped Forsyth at the line at Portage. I had her as the #5 freshman coming in, she’s far and away exceeded those expectations.
Madison Foster – Portage and Regionals are portals into her potential. Although a bit of a gap between Forsyth/Sachs and Madison, she’s still the leader of the rest of the pack. 7th place last year and owner of a 17:49 PB.
|Place||Team||Score||1st Boy||2nd Boy||3rd Boy||4th Boy||5th Boy||6th Boy||7th Boy|
|6||Traverse City Central||240||2||23||31||74||110||148||149|
|9||White Lake Lakeland||280||22||28||62||71||97||132||156|
|11||Walled Lake Northern||336|
|12||Ann Arbor Pioneer||340|
|19||Battle Creek Lakeview||402|
|22||Grosse Pointe South||535|
|23||Port Huron Northern||549|
Brighton – On a team that is quizzically polarizing, Tyler Langley is a source of levity. His ratings are consistently in the 192-196 range.
Caledonia – Josh Oom’s sprint to the finish. His last three races have been 16:04, 15:57, 15:55, with the latter being a Region 3 victory.
Northville – Freshman Ethan Powell’s consistency (side note – what is with these freshman being so darn reliable?). He’s been a force at the front of championship races, finishing 5th at Wayne County, 7th at KLAA, and 3rd in Region 6
Romeo – the late season emergence of Bryce Goodsell. He’s improved by leaps and bounds in his last two races and if he runs what he did at Regionals, Romeo has a shot at the team title.
Lake Orion – The single year improvement of Clayton Kuiper. Once again, we compare courses. 2020 Regionals were at Clintonwood, he ran 16:50, finishing 30th. 2021’s OAA Red Championship on the same course, 16:10.
|3||12||Luke Venhuizen||Traverse City Central||211.5|
|6||12||Owen Johnson||Ann Arbor Pioneer||208.2|
|8||12||Matthew Zeleke||East Lansing||205.9|
|10||10||Seth Norder||Grand Haven||204.3|
|11||11||Benne Anderson||Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills||202.8|
|12||12||Klay Grant||Muskegon Reeths-Puffer||201.8|
|16||11||Nolan Clark||Grand Haven||200.2|
|17||11||Jonah Hochstetler||Traverse City West||199.9|
|18||11||Nicholas Negru||Walled Lake Central||199.9|
|19||12||Parker LaGro||Battle Creek Lakeview||199.7|
|24||12||Juan David Hernandez||Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills||198.2|
|30||12||William Thomas||Walled Lake Northern||197.4|
|33||12||Liam Elder||Grand Ledge||196.8|
|35||12||Alex Sullivan||White Lake Lakeland||196.4|
|36||11||Micah Bauer||Traverse City Central||196.4|
|37||12||Jayden Page||East Lansing||196.4|
|38||11||Logan Detweiler||Grosse Pointe South||196.1|
|40||12||Adam Hafeli||Lake Orion||195.2|
|41||12||Sam Yeager||Forest Hills Central||195.2|
|42||11||Jared Platt||White Lake Lakeland||195.0|
|44||11||Nicolas Fry||Ann Arbor Skyline||194.8|
|45||12||Clayton Kuiper||Lake Orion||194.5|
|46||11||Joe Muha||Traverse City Central||194.4|
|47||12||Hong Bing Tang||Lake Orion||194.3|
Riley Hough – Untouched and unchallenged on grass this year. I don’t look at any national rankings or ratings, but I can’t imagine there’s anyone better in the nation right now.
Jeremy Williams – Is not a mudder. Missed last year’s edition due to contact tracing, is back and ready to capture his first All-State. Other than Regionals, incredibly consistent even if it’s not always a winning effort (this is a compliment – he seeks out competition).
Luke Venhuizen – 15:03 at Shepherd and it’s been on from there. Defeated Williams at Regionals, does he benefit from the thick, plush grass of the Speedway?
Peter Baracco – Has molded his whole season around capturing the State title. In June’s 3200m final, the strategy was a move at an unconventional time, 900 to go. What will the curveball be this time?
Jack Kelke – hit times early and championships late. MAC Division, Macomb County, and Region 9 all belong to him.
This section is dedicated to all the college football coaches, players, and teams that are rollin’ hot through the season, ready to beat Ohio State in November and crash the MIS party on Saturday.
Plymouth Girls – Claudia Swenson and Megan Olsen have stepped up as reliable 4th and 5th runners. That depth helped them procure the upset win over Northville in Region 6.
Mia Bateson – Sub-19:00 for seven consecutive races, including a 18:18 at OK White 4.
Milford Boys – Never doubt Sal’s Magic. Upset win over Lakeland and Walled Lake Northern at Region 7. I have the Mavericks below those two again, can they repeat?
Seth Norder – The sophomore has been handily beating upperclassmen come championship season. Back to back victories at OK Red and Region 1.