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2022 Team Rankings – Championship Season

Team Rankings have returned as well! Still a bit delayed because of last week’s timeline, but here nonetheless in anticipation of our first major round of championship meets.

The rating rules that drive the individual rankings are still in place:

  • The HOBBS KESSLER RULE is still in place, where I eliminate the lower third of a runner’s ratings. The reason for this is the assumption that an athlete will have races that they don’t go to the well, for many, these are jamborees or early season invites
    • For a runner that has 10 rated races, I eliminate 3; 7 rated races, I eliminate 2, so on and so forth
  • The INJURY RULE is also in place, where if an athlete doesn’t have any rated races in a month, that runner is taken out of the rankings (both team and individual)
    • I’m more conservative on this than most, I realize that ACTs, sickness, family commitments, soccer kickball* are all present
    • Of course, if their coach, their parent, or that athlete wants to let me know that they’re injured or returning, I will make an exception. But only those relations, I’ve been burned too often by outsiders.
  • These rankings are cumulative, with more recent meets given greater weight
    • As they contain the entire season, they will tend to underrate runners that have been on fire recently, but also protect those who had a subpar performance in the last few meets
  • All meets linked here have been taken into account
  • These are for FUN, even if you disagree with these, don’t tear anyone down in the process
    • If you do, I will force you to run 1000’s of hills at Kensington

As with the individuals, I’ll write a tiny bit about each team laying claim to the #1 spot.

The Potter’s House: It’s possible to have a great first four, as the Pumas definitely do, but still not have enough to potentially win a title. Finding that fifth is a struggle for many across all divisions, but with tiny enrollments, an almost guaranteed trouble spot for many D4 teams. On many other squads, Noah Finton might be their best runner, here he’s taken on the role of a great insurance policy, manning the spot where the most points are won or lost. He’s done that while improving on the job, stepping up from a kid who largely ran on the north side of 19:00 to a man knocking on the door of a sub-17.

Johannesburg-Lewiston: Yolanda Gascho had an outstanding middle school career, winning the Ski Valley, placing 12th at Portage. But middle school awards are just that, and you can throw them out the window… until you break 20:00 in your first high school 5k. Yolanda and Allie Nowak will assuredly be at the front of the D4 field and coming in as their third girl is Madalyn Agren, the hard-working junior who deserves all the success she’s about to attain. She has already exceeded her personal best set at last year’s State Finals.

RankTeamScoreRegionChange
1The Potter’s House56310
2Petoskey St. Michael18828-1
3Harbor Springs24828-1
4Hillsdale Academy30334-2
5Johannesburg-Lewiston315283
6Adrian Lenawee Christian321341
7Mason County Eastern340290
8Whitmore Lake379330
9Three Oaks River Valley436310
10Concord577320
11Ubly59435-8
12Kalamazoo Hackett61132-1
13Carson City-Crystal61333-2
14Marine City Cardinal Mooney623360
15Royal Oak Shrine654363
16Brown City65935-5
17Frankfort664296
18Mayville68435-5
19Battle Creek St. Philip724322
20Muskegon Catholic Central72631-13
21Dryden75835-5
22Morenci798340
23Novi Christian Academy803333
24Breckenridge811300
25East Jackson817340

RankTeamScoreRegionChange
1Johannesburg-Lewiston14828-2
2Whitmore Lake163331
3Harbor Springs17828-6
4Hillsdale Academy182342
5Unionville-Sebewaing346351
6Rochester Hills Lutheran NW421361
7Kingston447350
8Auburn Hills Oakland Christian448362
9Ubly48735-5
10Libertas Christian49831-1
11Beal City520303
12Buckley528290
13Royal Oak Shrine536363
14Leland54429-3
15Breckenridge550300
16Grand Traverse Academy57529-3
17The Potter’s House58831-1
18St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic60031-4
19Farwell618306
20Kalamazoo Hackett62032-1
21Pittsford636341
22Lake Leelanau St. Mary64129-3
23Clarkston Everest Collegiate675330
24Allen Park Cabrini71536-3
25Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart735309

Hart: I absolutely love when smaller teams enter giant meets and compete against bigger schools. A great measuring stick and an show of confidence. At Shepherd, Clayton Ackley was up for the challenge, his 15:41 placed in the top ten and was his first jaunt under 16:00. Wyatt Dean continued his steady high-level efforts, always a good bet to run in the mid-16’s. And looking big picture, freshman Jack Slotman is improving by the week, don’t be shocked if he’s in the low-17’s by regional time.

Traverse City St. Francis: If healthy, the Gladiators are prohibitively the D3 favorite at this point in the season. If not healthy, they still may be the favorite.With Betsy Skendzel running a lifetime best as she did at Bluejay or Grace Slocum breaking 20:00 for the first time this season at Cadillac, the St. Francis girls are blessed with two of the better 2nd/3rd runners in the state.

RankTeamScoreRegionChange
1Hart148200
2Traverse City St. Francis24319-1
3Hanover-Horton28123-1
4Saranac318212
5Reed City40620-1
6Pewamo-Westphalia419241
7St. Louis453250
8Benzie Central50820-1
9Ithaca538241
10Grand Rapids Covenant Christian57421-1
11Stanton Central Montcalm58821-1
12Clare63019-1
13Elk Rapids633193
14Saugatuck71922-3
15Leslie729231
16Bath737241
17Caro74025-14
18Dansville819262
19Erie Mason83627-11
20Sanford-Meridian84725-4
21Monroe St. Mary CC87527-4
22White Cloud89320-14
23Muskegon Western Michigan Christian912212
24Buchanan91922-15
25Manchester91927-12

RankTeamScoreRegionChange
1Traverse City St. Francis190190
2Pewamo-Westphalia207240
3Jackson Lumen Christi218230
4Hart249200
5Elk Rapids302190
6Lansing Catholic32724-2
7Caro330251
8Leslie393231
9Benzie Central43220-2
10Muskegon Western Michigan Christian446211
11Onsted49723-1
12Kalamazoo Christian503222
13Charlevoix58619-2
14Kent City62321-3
15Monroe St. Mary CC644272
16Stanton Central Montcalm646210
17Ithaca702243
18Schoolcraft783220
19Sandusky816250
20Clinton83027-6
21Grass Lake830270
22Remus Chippewa Hills85620-5
23Blissfield86127-6
24Grand Rapids Covenant Christian89421-1
25Laingsburg901242

East Grand Rapids: Sometimes in the early season, it’s okay to get your butt kicked. On a mid-September Friday at Spartan, that may have been how the EGR boys felt. Entering the race as a team capable of placing first amongst D2 boys, they placed 2nd, almost 100 points behind Chelsea. Redemption was on the mind at Otsego and redemption was more than accomplished. Praise can be placed upon Davis Christy, who came in ahead of Chelsea’s 4th and FHE’s 5th, a single place being a crucial point in a closely-knit D2 field.

East Grand Rapids: As mentioned in Drew’s writeup, the Pioneers have thrown out a litany of lineups this year. Their top five came in fractured at Bath, Spartan, and Otsego. Cougar Falcon is a race we can point to that shows what EGR is capable of once their lineup is complete. At Gainey Fields, the Pioneers placed 2nd behind the continually ascending Otsego teams, but their strength may lie in larger fields. Camryn Bodine shows up on the track as someone to fear on that second lap of an 800m, she may loom large as a displacer that’s performing better and better each week, evidenced by her first sub-20 of the season a few weeks back.

RankTeamScoreRegionChange
1East Grand Rapids21618-2
2Chelsea218120
3Forest Hills Eastern219122
4Adrian249180
5Pinckney278160
6Grand Rapids Christian360110
7Otsego380130
8Dearborn Divine Child494180
9St. Johns518140
10Freeland57215-1
11Sparta64410-1
12Holland Christian67011-1
13St. Clair67917-1
14Allendale69111-4
15Petoskey700105
16Wayland Union769120
17Spring Lake82811-12
18Linden83116-5
19Frankenmuth854152
20Clio864150
22Fremont88910-4
21Yale889176
23Hamilton89211-4
24Marshall903125
25Grand Rapids South Christian924124

RankTeamScoreRegionChange
1East Grand Rapids103120
2Otsego14013-1
3Grand Rapids Christian191111
4Zeeland East30911-1
5Forest Hills Eastern313121
6Spring Lake33211-1
7St. Joseph366131
8Goodrich460160
9Alma496150
10St. Johns51314-5
11DeWitt52514-3
12Frankenmuth565152
13Grand Rapids South Christian597121
14Hudsonville Unity Christian61611-8
15GR West Michigan Aviation626124
16Monroe Jefferson64618-7
17Williamston65714-13
18Owosso66714-1
19Petoskey680101
20Shepherd710157
21Freeland741154
22Ludington75410-4
23Chelsea760187
24Adrian77218-4
25Tecumseh776184

Northville: The past few weeks, the Mustangs have taken a break from the invitational grind, at least in terms of competing in the state of Michigan. Their last major appearance here was a win, another boring win over the best the state (and even Ohio) has to offer. The key to their victories has been the quality depth and rising stars. Watch out for Ben Hartigan, the freshman who finished sub-17 for the first time ever and also Brandon Latta, who’s been bringing it in the 16:40’s in any major race.

Ann Arbor Pioneer: Welcome back, Rachel Forsyth. Rachel won the JV race at the 2nd SEC Red Jamboree then competed down in Ohio, coming across the line in 18:11. While her and Emily Cooper are mixing it up at the front, Rachel’s presence gives Pioneer one of the better 5th girls in the State, whether that be Quincy Behm or Sylvia Sanok Dufallo.

RankTeamScoreRegionChange
1Northville18260
2Grand Haven31710
3Brighton3544-2
4Traverse City Central3702-10
5Plymouth38362
6Portage Central41732
7Ann Arbor Skyline4784-4
8Romeo48592
9Clarkston50982
10Detroit Catholic Central54772
11Forest Hills Central56232
12Saline56452
13Troy5898-3
14Port Huron Northern59592
15Zeeland West68712
16Ann Arbor Pioneer7035-6
17White Lake Lakeland7437-6
18Walled Lake Northern76573
19Oxford7738-6
20Utica81081
21Jenison81714
22Salem8336-5
23Rockford83612
24Caledonia87630
25Dexter9024-1

RankTeamScoreRegionChange
1Ann Arbor Pioneer1635-1
2Holland West Ottawa18311
3Brighton36040
4Romeo38190
5Saline39650
6Okemos42920
7Ann Arbor Skyline4964-1
8Northville5166-1
9Walled Lake Northern52572
10Oxford54880
11Macomb Dakota5889-2
12Rochester Hills Stoney Creek59690
13Traverse City West62022
14Jenison62910
15Traverse City Central6782-9
16Dexter70441
17H.H. Dow7122-1
18Grand Haven7511-2
19Lowell7523-12
20Rochester7788-7
21Canton79364
22Forest Hills Central79936
23Troy8258-3
24Utica82683
25Rockford8271-7

Marquette: After a 14th place finish in the Spartan Elite race, the Redmen bounced back with a complete domination of the El Hargar Invite, scoring 19 points, enough for a head to head win against the entire field. A key figure of consistency has been Chase Thomsen, reliably running ratings of 175+. Early on, that indicated he was capable of running in the low-17’s, he proved that possible last week when he wrecked his previous personal best with a 17:12. They’ll be at Portage on Saturday, hoping to apply the lessons they learned from Forest Akers.

Marquette: A great combination of youngsters up front running near the front of the UP pack and senior leadership towards the back, improving with each race. Courtney Larson is one of those seniors. She hasn’t quite reached the form that she attained in 2021 (where she placed 15th in D1), though she raced to one of her better efforts at Munising’s El Hargar Invite, coming in as Marquette’s 4th girl.

RankTeamScoreDivision
1Marquette281
2Sault Ste. Marie1121
3Houghton1281
4Painesdale-Jeffers1382
5Negaunee1401
6Gladstone1741
7Escanaba2191
8Stephenson2813
9Dollar Bay2923
10Kingsford2931

RankTeamScoreDivision
1Marquette411
2Houghton711
3Munising1493
4Negaunee1521
5Sault Ste. Marie1621
6Hancock1672
7Escanaba1931
8Calumet2371
9Stephenson2773
10Gladstone2841

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