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2022 Team Rankings – Week Four

Two massive meets drive a ton of change, as do the west side showings at Sparta and Ottawa Hills. The next six weeks will be very intriguing, with new favorites and contenders emerging at a rapid pace.

  • The rankings are comprised of meets listed here (except for Huron, which went live after I calculated all these)
  • These meets are either invites or jamborees, containing 75 or more competitors on each side (with a few exceptions).
  • The HOBBS KESSLER RULE is in effect, where I eliminate the bottom third of one’s ratings, using the best two-thirds of an athlete’s season. The reason for this is the assumption that runners will not race all out in every race
  • A weighted average is then taken, with more recent meets given a higher weight.
  • All the teams in a Division are then scored as if it’s an XC meet
    • This is not a State Meet Projection, if there’s five teams in a Region deserving of a top-25 spot, they’re all in here
    • This may underrate teams with weaker depth, but I can’t wrap my head around any other ranking method
  • For the UP, I combined all divisions. Once we get a few weeks in, I plan on separating into the three divisions.
  • For reference, the WEEK THREE RANKINGS
  • Remember that these are for FUN, they’re 100% UNBIASED, cross country isn’t scored on paper, and only you can determine where your season goes.

RankBoys TeamScoreRegionChange
1The Potter’s House34310
2Johannesburg-Lewiston134280
3Petoskey St. Michael245280
4Harbor Springs28028-1
5Adrian Lenawee Christian318341
6Hillsdale Academy326340
7Mason County Eastern337290
8Whitmore Lake416330
9Three Oaks River Valley59331-1
10Concord60432-10
11Frankfort617290
12Royal Oak Shrine62136-4
13Kalamazoo Hackett62232-5
14Marine City Cardinal Mooney629361
15Carson City-Crystal661333
16Holland Calvary Christian668312
17Battle Creek St. Philip672322
18Lutheran Westland70836-1
19Ubly715352
20Novi Christian Academy72433-2
21Brown City791350
22Morenci81934-1
23Mayville82635-2
24Breckenridge8383015
25East Jackson86134-2

Concord: On Saturday, the Yellowjackets went to Mendon and came away with second place. In fact, among teams eligible for MHSAA competition, they finished 1st. Going back to last year, Adair Artis has been a reliable figure, he was able to get on the stand at MIS. Isaac Waldron and Cole Bates both returned to the form they showed last year, and those three helped carry Concord to a top-10 ranking. The boys now have a 10 day stretch of no racing before they begin Big 8 competition.

RankGirls TeamRegionScoreChange
1Whitmore Lake33157-2
2Hillsdale Academy341590
3Johannesburg-Lewiston282362
4Unionville-Sebewaing352890
5Rochester Hills Lutheran NW36345-2
6Auburn Hills Oakland Christian363911
7Kingston35432-3
8Beal City304692
9Harbor Springs284851
10Royal Oak Shrine364871
11Libertas Christian31493-4
12Buckley29513-12
13Farwell305272
14Ubly355301
15Breckenridge305421
16Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart305484
17Leland29555-1
18The Potter’s House315731
19Grand Traverse Academy295983
20Pittsford346151
21Kalamazoo Hackett326291
22St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic316561
23Clarkston Everest Collegiate33657-4
24Mason County Eastern29668-4
25Lake Leelanau St. Mary296803

Whitmore Lake: Early on in the misty morning hills of Springfield Oaks, the Trojans put on a masterful performance. Experienced junior Natalie Meadows ran a season best, a green Elodie Weaver joined her as well. They owe their lower ranking to Sofia Robertson, who began the year in the 24’s, spent a brief amount of time in the 23’s, and now owns a 22:12 personal best. With all that youth, the necessary balance is present on the other end, Brooke Craven, a senior who has competed in three State Finals. Some may wonder, why Whitmore Lake over Hillsdale here? In a smaller field at Holly, the 5th runner matters less. These rankings are compiled using every single full D4 team.

RankBoys TeamScoreRegionChange
1Hart148200
2Saranac29621-1
3Traverse City St. Francis316191
4Hanover-Horton35823-1
5Pewamo-Westphalia37624-1
6Reed City394202
7St. Louis45425-2
8Ithaca464240
9Benzie Central479202
10Elk Rapids547190
11Grand Rapids Covenant Christian570210
12Stanton Central Montcalm64321-1
13Clare657191
14Leslie693230
15Bath706240
16Dansville765260
17Saugatuck81422-2
18Kent City86921-5
19Jonesville88723-16
20Bronson89323-8
21Muskegon Western Michigan Christian89321-20
22North Muskegon906214
23Constantine910226
24Sanford-Meridian91725-3
25Monroe St. Mary CC935274

St. Louis: The Sharks have captured the past two State titles, though they’ve sorta laid low to begin the season. This past week, they’ve put that feeling to rest, narrowly losing to Ithaca by a point at the TVC 10 opener, then placing 4th in the White Division at Forest Akers. I’ve noted Ben March, who’s put together a great three race stretch, you should also look to Dylan Marr, who ran a 17:36 season best at Stratford Woods.

RankGirls TeamScoreRegionChange
1Traverse City St. Francis186190
2Pewamo-Westphalia198240
3Jackson Lumen Christi222230
4Hart256200
5Elk Rapids289190
6Caro36225-3
7Leslie36823-1
8Lansing Catholic392242
9Muskegon Western Michigan Christian449212
10Kalamazoo Christian489220
11Benzie Central49720-1
12Onsted548231
13Monroe St. Mary CC606270
14Ithaca619240
15Charlevoix644190
16Stanton Central Montcalm674210
17Kent City73221-2
18Schoolcraft78022-4
19Sandusky78125-10
20St. Louis810253
21Grass Lake832273
22Union City84023-3
23Laingsburg856243
24Ovid-Elsie891241
25Grand Rapids Covenant Christian89321-3

Caro: As shouted out in the Holly review, the Tiger girls had themselves a day at Holly. Each of their girls had their best effort of the season. Even freshman Lexi Wegner, getting under 23:45 for the first time. All in all, they finished 3rd in the D3 race, battling against many Division 2 teams, some of those teams among the better ranks of that division.

RankBoys TeamScoreRegionChange
1Forest Hills Eastern21112-3
2Chelsea225180
3East Grand Rapids231122
4Adrian251181
5Pinckney30016-12
6Grand Rapids Christian380111
7Otsego450131
8Dearborn Divine Child466181
9St. Johns494141
10Petoskey55610-1
11Freeland561152
12Sparta596100
13Holland Christian615113
14St. Clair676171
15Yale67817-1
16Wayland Union723121
17Frankenmuth758153
18Allendale78911-2
19Marshall834121
20Clio847151
21Grand Rapids South Christian904120
22Alma92215-7
23Linden956161
24Mason956141
25Flint Powers Catholic95715-3

Forest Hills Eastern: Athletes such as Alex Parker, Brendan Hoving, Liam Hinman, Henry Dixon, and Cooper Jacobsen are to thank for this great ranking. Aiden Sullivan ain’t bad either. But those five band together for the most formidable pack in Division 2. On any day, it could be one of the five in the 2nd spot, one of the five in the 6th spot. No matter which you way you slice it, they’ll be displacing a ton of folks. The Hawks have obliterated fields at Under the Lights, OK Gold, and Sparta. Now we wait for a massive showdown in a few weeks at Otsego.

RankGirls TeamScoreRegionChange
1East Grand Rapids74120
2Grand Rapids Christian197110
3Otsego228130
4Forest Hills Eastern27312-2
5Zeeland East283111
6St. Joseph328131
7Spring Lake36011-7
8Goodrich391161
9Alma467150
10Frankenmuth53315-3
11GR West Michigan Aviation54312-11
12Grand Rapids South Christian549121
13Shepherd550153
14DeWitt575146
15St. Johns579143
16Chelsea627180
17Freeland647152
18Petoskey696100
19Owosso715142
20Sparta716101
21Tecumseh79118-4
22Hudsonville Unity Christian794112
23Monroe Jefferson81318-7
24Cadillac842103
25Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard849181

Spring Lake: The Laker girls had their best showing of the year at Sparta (seems to be a common theme here), where they finished just behind Forest Hills Eastern. Two freshmen have stepped up their game over the past few weeks, Alexis Kotkowicz with a dramatic drop to 20:25 and Megan Guczwa who is trending towards those 20’s. Add in names that’ve been around awhile such as Lily Parker, Lexie Ruffing, Katie Riemersma, and Bea Reeser, now you’ve got an outfit 100% capable of a top-10 finish at MIS. We’ll see them this weekend at the Autumn Sunrise meet, where they should fit right in with some of the D1 teams and directly compete against Zeeland East.

RankBoys TeamScoreRegionChange
1Northville17960
2Grand Haven2971-2
3Plymouth32861
4Portage Central33331
5Brighton34040
6Romeo4719-1
7Clarkston5158-9
8Detroit Catholic Central52770
9Forest Hills Central5433-1
10Saline5535-1
11Ann Arbor Skyline55342
12Port Huron Northern5579-15
13Zeeland West64411
14Traverse City Central67628
15Walled Lake Northern6837-4
16Troy7218-14
17Jenison74213
18Kalamazoo Central7663-3
19Utica79786
20Saginaw Heritage80525
21Rockford81313
22Ann Arbor Pioneer8755-11
23White Lake Lakeland88176
24Caledonia8833NR
25Oxford9038-4

Grand Haven: Seth Norder and Nolan Clark will always provide two low figures for the Buccos. Necessary for a podium spot are the efforts of everyone else, and Spartan gave a good picture as to how they can rise to the big stage. Ben Held and Logan Vining both were sub-17 for the first time this fall. Aron Gal did everything other than fold under the pressure. Carson Berko and Roman Smith held down the fort as well. All in all, a 2nd place finish when filtering for only Michigan teams, a field that’ll be similar to major races down the line.

RankGirls TeamScoreRegionChange
1Holland West Ottawa1791-1
2Ann Arbor Pioneer19551
3Brighton3144-1
4Romeo3699-2
5Saline39052
6Okemos4482-1
7Walled Lake Northern5017-6
8Ann Arbor Skyline50740
9Northville51064
10Oxford51481
11Traverse City West5162-4
12Rochester Hills Stoney Creek54790
13Macomb Dakota57193
14Jenison61210
15Dexter62944
16Forest Hills Central7283-1
17Canton73261
18H.H. Dow7392-5
19Portage Central75630
20Grand Haven7691-6
21Utica78181
22Byron Center80231
23Forest Hills Northern81531
24Traverse City Central83026
25Zeeland West83711

Walled Lake Northern: When Ava Kurczewski has the day of her career, the whole Knight team benefits. Friday’s race at Spartan was her first sub-20 effort in two years, and over 1:15 faster than any mark she had as a sophomore. Just behind her, Madelyn Gordon was definitely pulled along, racing to her fastest effort of the year. Further along, Emma Doyle broke 21:00 for the first time in her young career. Walled Lake Northern has emerged as a favorite for the ol’ Oakland County Meet, coming up very soon over at Possum Hollow.

RankBoys TeamScoreDivision
1Marquette281
2Houghton1031
3Sault Ste. Marie1131
4Painesdale-Jeffers1472
5Negaunee1661
6Gladstone1751
7Ironwood2012
8Escanaba2331
9Dollar Bay2563
10Stephenson2703

Houghton: Last Wednesday, over across the Portage Canal, the Gremlins defeated a field of five teams. Senior Cyrus Hamlin has run in the 18’s in each year of his career, his performance there was the closest he’s ever been to gravitating into the 17’s. His 18:09 was a 14 second personal best.

RankTeamScoreDivision
1Marquette421
2Houghton661
3Negaunee1531
4Munising1553
5Sault Ste. Marie1601
6Hancock1632
7Escanaba1811
8Calumet2201
9Gladstone2561
10Ironwood2732

Sault Ste. Marie: Saturday, Cassandra Gallagher and the rest of her Blue Devil teammates traveled down I-75 to the northern reaches of Oakland County. She put in one of the better races that any girl in the UP has run thus far. Her 20:17 was a 30+ second personal best and a far cry from the girl who had a tough time breaking 22:00 as a freshman and sophomore.

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