2022 Mid-Season Regional Projections – Kensington


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?

PlaceTeamScore1st Boy2nd Boy3rd Boy4th Boy5th Boy6th Boy7th Boy
1Detroit Catholic Central759131618192022
2White Lake Lakeland84172425273860
3Walled Lake Northern892121529314963

PlaceTeamScore1st Girl2nd Girl3rd Girl4th Girl5th Girl6th Girl7th Girl
1Walled Lake Northern46
3White Lake Lakeland11214152329313544
4Walled Lake Western121351640576270

112Jared PlattWhite Lake Lakeland201.9
211Ty ParkerWalled Lake Northern199.8
312Griffin ConwayNovi198.2
412Nathan RidderingNovi194.3
510Logan MullanDetroit U-D Jesuit194.2
612Matthew ShortBerkley193.5
711Pierce GrzymkowskiWhite Lake Lakeland191.9
812Eddie KingFarmington191.7
912Matthew AtkinsonDetroit Catholic Central189.5
109Kyle O’RourkeHighland-Milford189.4
1112Gavin SteeleFarmington186.1
1211Evan RiceWalled Lake Northern185.9
1312Jack KellyDetroit Catholic Central184.9
1412Sebastian CervelliWest Bloomfield184.4
1511Lucas KarbelWalled Lake Northern182.7
1612Michael EhresmanDetroit Catholic Central182.6
1712Quaid SchimetzHighland-Milford181.9
1812Miles BuckleyDetroit Catholic Central180.2
1912Josh LassalineDetroit Catholic Central180.0
2011Ryan IllikmanDetroit Catholic Central179.7

110Molly BaraccoFarmington135.1
212Grace HarkenriderHighland-Milford129.4
312Genavieve Kushner-LopezWalled Lake Western129.3
411Ava KurczewskiWalled Lake Northern126.8
511Alisia OlteanuWalled Lake Western125.9
611Madelyn GordonWalled Lake Northern125.8
712Jacie RemtemaHighland-Milford125.3
812Taylor RegesterWalled Lake Northern122.1
912Abigail GermanNovi121.4
1010Isabelle KrauseWalled Lake Northern119.2
1111Faylinn WongFarmington118.5
1212Emily WadeWalled Lake Central115.9
1312Anjali KidambiNovi115.5
1412Ava WalshWhite Lake Lakeland115.1
1510Ava AlicandroWhite Lake Lakeland115.0
1611Emma HoffmeyerWalled Lake Western114.9
1710Catherine SteeleFarmington108.9
1811Mia CzarnowskiWalled Lake Northern108.1
1911Talia SachsBirmingham Seaholm106.4
2012Ava PorterWalled Lake Northern105.5

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