Race to Watch
Half the reason I do these previews is to give a midseason update. The other half is to figure out how much content I can bring for Regional Week. Writing about teams that have improved, individuals who have stood out is enlightening and I’m sure feels good for those listed, but it sure as heck takes time. Perhaps concentrating on one race is better for me? We’ll find out.
That third qualifier for the girls looks to be it. You have three teams with a range of identities, the tightly-knit pack of White Lake Lakeland, the strong top three of Walled Lake Western, and Novi as a mix of the two.
One thing Western did last fall was improve throughout the year, exponentially with each championship race. Two examples are Alisia Olteanu and Genavieve Kushner-Lopez. Olteanu began her season at Coaching Legends, running 21:40 and progressed all the way down to the low-19’s. Yesterday, she ran her season best of 19:34, now what if the rest of the Western girls follow suit? Oh by the way, at that City Meet yesterday, the Warriors were sneakily close to the projected regional champ.
In a field comprised of many girls running in that 20:30 to 22:00 range, Lakeland’s girls find a crucial role. We saw evidence of their potential impact at Jackson, where Alena Tiernan ran 20:54 personal best (two minutes faster than her 2021 PB). That race also saw season/personal bests from Natalie Joiner, Mia McDonald, and Trinity Mann. If three of those four girls can find their way before the main troop of females, Lakeland may punch their ticket.
The one common matchup between the three teams was early on at Lamplighter, where Western placed a few spots ahead of Novi. But one must realize, Novi ran without Joanna Phillip. Joanna’s been their 3rd-5th girl throughout the season. As the KLAA (I almost called it KVC) runs duals, the only invitationals we’ve seen her compete at have been Spartan and Averill. That Averill experience will pay dividends in a month, but I’m curious to see how she can perform with these ideal conditions of the past week. Perhaps Novi moves up?
|Place||Team||Score||1st Boy||2nd Boy||3rd Boy||4th Boy||5th Boy||6th Boy||7th Boy|
|1||Detroit Catholic Central||75||9||13||16||18||19||20||22|
|2||White Lake Lakeland||84||1||7||24||25||27||38||60|
|3||Walled Lake Northern||89||2||12||15||29||31||49||63|
|Place||Team||Score||1st Girl||2nd Girl||3rd Girl||4th Girl||5th Girl||6th Girl||7th Girl|
|1||Walled Lake Northern||46|
|3||White Lake Lakeland||112||14||15||23||29||31||35||44|
|4||Walled Lake Western||121||3||5||16||40||57||62||70|
|1||12||Jared Platt||White Lake Lakeland||201.9|
|2||11||Ty Parker||Walled Lake Northern||199.8|
|5||10||Logan Mullan||Detroit U-D Jesuit||194.2|
|7||11||Pierce Grzymkowski||White Lake Lakeland||191.9|
|9||12||Matthew Atkinson||Detroit Catholic Central||189.5|
|12||11||Evan Rice||Walled Lake Northern||185.9|
|13||12||Jack Kelly||Detroit Catholic Central||184.9|
|14||12||Sebastian Cervelli||West Bloomfield||184.4|
|15||11||Lucas Karbel||Walled Lake Northern||182.7|
|16||12||Michael Ehresman||Detroit Catholic Central||182.6|
|18||12||Miles Buckley||Detroit Catholic Central||180.2|
|19||12||Josh Lassaline||Detroit Catholic Central||180.0|
|20||11||Ryan Illikman||Detroit Catholic Central||179.7|
|3||12||Genavieve Kushner-Lopez||Walled Lake Western||129.3|
|4||11||Ava Kurczewski||Walled Lake Northern||126.8|
|5||11||Alisia Olteanu||Walled Lake Western||125.9|
|6||11||Madelyn Gordon||Walled Lake Northern||125.8|
|8||12||Taylor Regester||Walled Lake Northern||122.1|
|10||10||Isabelle Krause||Walled Lake Northern||119.2|
|12||12||Emily Wade||Walled Lake Central||115.9|
|14||12||Ava Walsh||White Lake Lakeland||115.1|
|15||10||Ava Alicandro||White Lake Lakeland||115.0|
|16||11||Emma Hoffmeyer||Walled Lake Western||114.9|
|18||11||Mia Czarnowski||Walled Lake Northern||108.1|
|19||11||Talia Sachs||Birmingham Seaholm||106.4|
|20||12||Ava Porter||Walled Lake Northern||105.5|