Where: Portage West MS
A course that needs to handle the biggest meet in the state. Wide turns, runner-friendly, spectator friendly. One hill, early and little over half way, fairly flat the rest of the way. Tended to run a little fast last year and compared to previous years at the same course. All in all, a fair test. The ever helpful, wearer of many hats, major reason the sport in Michigan is prioritized the way it is, Dan Wytko sent me this map of the course:
2021 Boys: Caledonia (2nd), Portage Central (20th), Battle Creek Lakeview (22nd)
2021 Girls: Holland West Ottawa (2nd), Zeeland West (24th), St. Joseph (17th)
Unfortunately, to finish all these previews before Friday morning, some areas need to get cut. The writing about the various athletes, any sort of team battles, history, backdrop, that’s the most logical area to take in order to save time. The negative is that’s my favorite part. The positive is that with a lighter schedule of meets next week, I’ll be able to write my Upper Peninsula preview (yes, you read that right) and fill these in. So I’ll likely post an update to all the socials after those athletes are covered, and maybe we’ll have more info on some of the teams that are in contention.
Top 25 Boys Teams: Portage Central (4th), Kalamazoo Central (15th), Forest Hills Central (19th)
Top 25 Girls Teams: Forest Hills Central (9th), Lowell (20th), Forest Hills Northern (25th)