2022 Mid-Season Regional Projections – Portage



  • A few teams that have outperformed those summer thoughts (they’re really just numbers, but I’ll take the brunt of it) are the Concord boys and Colon girls
    • Concord of course added Cole Bates over from Hillsdale Academy
      • Cole had a rough go of it at their home invite, besides that, he’s been the kid that helped spur HA to a state title last fall, with multiple mid-18 runs
      • For a kid that’s been through (I think), three schools, the ability to adapt and keep ticking is truly special
    • Newcomers have made a stunning impact on the Magi girls
      • That could be a freshman such as Lily Preston
      • Or a junior in her first year in the program, Lilli Stanzel, who’s finished top-5 in the majority of her races
  • Other than those two, it’s been chalk chalk chalk
    • Kalamazoo Hackett started a little slow, breaking in their freshman girls, they were able to get acquainted enough to the high school scene by their first SAC Jamboree, where the Irish placed 5th amongst a field of D3 teams
    • Battle Creek St. Philip is locked right in that boys race too, no doubt helped by Owen Nofs’s massive transformation
      • At this point last year, Owen was a 25:00+ kid, now he’s running in the low-19’s and is a contender for a medal. We love to see it.

PlaceTeamScore1st Boy2nd Boy3rd Boy4th Boy5th Boy6th Boy7th Boy
2Kalamazoo Hackett5037812202324
3Battle Creek St. Philip51141017192629

PlaceTeamScore1st Girl2nd Girl3rd Girl4th Girl5th Girl6th Girl7th Girl
1Kalamazoo Hackett39

111Luke SpragueBattle Creek St. Philip169.4
212Adair ArtisConcord166.1
39Marek ButkiewiczKalamazoo Hackett165.2
411Max ShugarsBattle Creek St. Philip155.8
59Cole BatesConcord155.6
612Isaac WaldronConcord149.2
711Gavin SehyKalamazoo Hackett146.4
89Sean SiemsKalamazoo Hackett142.1
910Landon VanwormerMendon135.9
1010Owen NofsBattle Creek St. Philip130.3
1110Chandler LaflerColon122.4
1211Sean PierucciKalamazoo Hackett122.1
139Jesse FielisWhite Pigeon121.8
1410Ben IobeMendon121.7
159Dalton WilliamsColon113.4
169Maddox HutchinsonConcord112.8
1711Ryan CasterlineBattle Creek St. Philip110.8
1810Lleyton BaumanConcord104.0
1910Sawyer WeissBattle Creek St. Philip102.5
2010Julian BarryKalamazoo Hackett99.9

110Presley AllenMendon136.3
29Rowan AllenMendon106.5
39Cieara BarrettConcord85.3
412Dani VanLenteTekonsha81.7
512Sydney Van EsKalamazoo Hackett77.5
611Lilli StanzelColon63.0
79Emma RikerKalamazoo Hackett49.9
89Katelyn Van EsKalamazoo Hackett45.6
911Riley AdamsConcord42.5
1011Addie CurtisMarcellus37.1
1111Macey BurgessColon36.3
129Julianne MounceKalamazoo Hackett32.0
1311Reese WilliamsColon19.7
1412Breanna FranksDecatur19.0
1510Abby UlbrichKalamazoo Hackett14.8
169Bethany CarpenterKalamazoo Hackett13.3
179Lily PrestonColon10.9
1811Chloe BadgerAthens10.8
1911Mimi HibbardBattle Creek St. Philip10.1
2011Carissa SheddTekonsha7.6



So much to unpack here, I have to get to a meet. I mean, I don’t have to, but it’s my day off and there’s XC in the weather, XC on the schedule.

  • I thought Region 15 was a close-knit bunch, Region 3 is immediate family, quintuplets if you must
    • Portage Central and Byron Center have been the surprises of the bunch, Amanda Williams being her consistent, uplifting self and Sydney Law, running a number of personal bests and dipping into the 19’s
  • Byron Center competes in the OK White, pound for pound, one of the better divisions in the state
    • GR Christian and East Grand Rapids duke it out at the top, but Forest Hills Nothern, Lowell, and Forest Hills Central constitute the middle section
      • At the first Jamboree, the order was – Central, Northern, Lowell
      • At the second Jamboree, a different order – Northern, Lowell, Central
      • The field here should be extremely similar to the field at these, perhaps the final two jamborees will provide greater clarity
  • Jacob Tanner gave a little shoutout to the Red Arrow girls in his latest team of the week post
  • And with these teams all appreciating each other so much, the 6th and 7th girls will find their roles enhanced, in this projection, Celia Pollock is the tiebreaker
  • Those Ranger boys from Forest Hills Central are an underrated outfit in terms of the D1 Standings
    • That freshman to sophomore leap is a common one, but not always the case, Sawyer McCarthy IS the case. Sub-17 in all races, personal best in his latest one
  • That latest one was a great regional preview, where Portage Central cruised to another win, aided by the return of Logan Begeman, who didn’t miss a beat after a month off racin’, 16:40 to 16:46
  • Caledonia has laid low, a strategy that has worked for the Scots throughout recent history, Jordan Domany leading a prickly bunch of underclassmen set out to add to the novel that last year’s team created
  • Recently, Kalamazoo Central has locked heads with Battle Creek Lakeview at SMAC East, where Lakeview came out on top and at Ottawa Hills, where they placed ahead of Lowell and East Kentwood

PlaceTeamScore1st Boy2nd Boy3rd Boy4th Boy5th Boy6th Boy7th Boy
1Portage Central63
2Forest Hills Central90
3Kalamazoo Central1242212734404770
5Battle Creek Lakeview1453123145546063
6East Kentwood1519111543737888

PlaceTeamScore1st Girl2nd Girl3rd Girl4th Girl5th Girl6th Girl7th Girl
1Forest Hills Central1113151936384557
2Portage Central11311202427313946
3Byron Center1229212532355668
4Forest Hills Northern1222141740496162

112Benne AndersonGrand Rapids Ottawa Hills213.8
211Jasper CaneKalamazoo Central201.4
311Aiden MooreBattle Creek Lakeview200.4
412Jordan DomanyCaledonia198.0
512Ethan KrampeForest Hills Central197.0
612Joshua GormleyPortage Central196.3
712Ben HunterPortage Central194.7
811Liam WaltersGrand Rapids Ottawa Hills194.6
912Owen LawrenceEast Kentwood191.0
1010Sawyer McCarthyForest Hills Central189.0
1110Isaac TanisEast Kentwood187.6
1212Caleb BostBattle Creek Lakeview186.8
1312Gavin VoetbergPortage Central186.5
1411Parker LudwigForest Hills Central186.1
1510Evan NickolesEast Kentwood185.3
1612Benjamin BromleyLowell185.0
1711Logan BegemanPortage Central184.2
1812Logan PostPortage Northern184.1
1911Levi GreenByron Center183.0
2011Nick CabreraPortage Central181.5

112Annika SandmanLowell151.9
212Allison CornellForest Hills Northern151.6
311Clara James-HeerForest Hills Central140.6
411Selma AndersonGrand Rapids Ottawa Hills139.4
512Ana DunfeeKalamazoo Loy Norrix131.3
69Olivia StacyPortage Northern126.1
712Natalia QuigleyCaledonia125.3
810Annalise AlkemaKalamazoo Central123.8
910Sydney LawByron Center123.6
1012Cadence SchultzEast Kentwood120.8
1111Amanda WilliamsPortage Central119.9
1212Katrina SandmanLowell119.6
139Ava LawrenceEast Kentwood119.0
1412Julia KozalForest Hills Northern118.8
1511Peyton LudwigForest Hills Central118.6
1612Mary EnglandKalamazoo Central118.5
1712Kiann SchmottlachForest Hills Northern114.9
1812Keira SandmanLowell114.1
1910Anna SybengaForest Hills Central114.1
2011Addison BegemanPortage Central113.1

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