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2022 Team Rankings – County Week

Portage, Oakland County, and Wayne County have come and past. I didn’t think it possible, but we learned a ton more about the D2 boys race and there was a decent amount of movement caused by the other lower division races. Given that it’s one weekend in an almost two month long season, one race has a minor affect on these. Coupled with a great county/league/regional, that’s where we’ll know if the performances stick.

Handling 12,000+ athletes, some rules are needed. I wish I had the time, brainpower, and omniscience to know every specific scenario, but I don’t. Here’s how I go about creating these:

  • 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.
    • This protects against a team like Lumen Christi’s girls, their 3rd girl out for Portage, from moving down
  • 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 Lower Peninsula meets linked here have been taken into account, all Upper Peninsula meets posted to athletic.net are included (even the ones this week!)
  • These are for FUN, even if you disagree with these, don’t tear anyone down in the process
    • If you do, I will make you work the Free Press Expo on the hardest concrete floor in existence

Looking forward to another weekend of great performances and learning about our outstanding teams!

Frankfort Boys: At the most, these ratings have covered three of Frankfort’s races, as a result, the data is a bit thin. Throw out the data though, these Panthers had a day! Six of their top seven raced to a personal best, generating a 5th place finish for this Lake Michigan crew.

Rochester Hills Lutheran NW Girls: As any team has (the Michigan XC cold season is in top form), the Crusaders have found a bit of adversity in this mid-season. What’s impressive is the way they’ve responded. At Portage, their entire outfit finished in a PB or SB (Rita Luhring, almost 5 minutes better than her 2021 best), those efforts bringing forth a 2nd place D4 finish. And their secret weapon is still lurking…

RankTeamRegionScoreChange
1The Potter’s House31520
2Petoskey St. Michael281840
3Harbor Springs282550
4Hillsdale Academy342790
5Johannesburg-Lewiston283090
6Adrian Lenawee Christian343210
7Mason County Eastern293460
8Three Oaks River Valley31370-1
9Whitmore Lake333751
10Frankfort29414-7
11Concord325421
12Ubly355731
13Kalamazoo Hackett325921
14Carson City-Crystal336191
15Marine City Cardinal Mooney366291
16Brown City356440
17Royal Oak Shrine366672
18Battle Creek St. Philip32687-1
19Mayville356981
20Muskegon Catholic Central317310
21Novi Christian Academy33743-2
22Dryden357671
23Breckenridge30775-1
24Morenci347772
25East Jackson347910

RankTeamRegionScoreChange
1Johannesburg-Lewiston281460
2Whitmore Lake331710
3Hillsdale Academy34193-1
4Harbor Springs282011
5Rochester Hills Lutheran NW36369-1
6Unionville-Sebewaing353921
7Kingston354220
8Ubly35450-1
9Auburn Hills Oakland Christian364971
10Buckley29544-2
11Libertas Christian315561
12Grand Traverse Academy29567-4
13Royal Oak Shrine365730
14Leland295800
15Breckenridge305810
16Kalamazoo Hackett32583-4
17The Potter’s House315910
18St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic316260
19Farwell306340
20Beal City306479
21Pittsford346710
22Lake Leelanau St. Mary297120
23Allen Park Cabrini36748-1
24Clarkston Everest Collegiate337591
25Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart307710

Hanover-Horton Boys: In a D3 race at Portage West that featured 4 of the top-10 boys teams, H-H firmly established themselves as a candidate for the #2 spot. Austin Brown, in particular, has been peaking at the right time, racing back-to-back 16:21s the past two weeks. Up front, Rogan Melling has been finding his usual late season form, and I love the steadiness of their youth on the back end.

Monroe St. Mary CC Girls: I have to drop wayyyy down to the #13 spot to find much change, much uprising. The Kestrels (one of the better nicknames out there) took their squad to Portage, running against much competition they’re not used to seeing. And they may have learned a bit about themselves in the process, finishing ahead of much of the D3 competition they might see in a few weeks. Freshman Bella LaFountain is a candidate for the All-State accolades, but don’t discount the major point drivers. Girls such as Samantha LaFountain, Maureen Smith, Leona Knudsen, and Claire Lisker are all competing at their highest levels this fall.

RankTeamRegionScoreChange
1Hart201440
2Hanover-Horton23266-1
3Traverse City St. Francis192771
4Saranac213330
5Reed City204040
6Pewamo-Westphalia244290
7St. Louis254770
8Benzie Central205300
9Grand Rapids Covenant Christian21572-1
10Ithaca245821
11Stanton Central Montcalm215980
12Elk Rapids19671-1
13Clare196871
14Leslie23736-1
15Saugatuck227601
16Caro25779-1
17Jonesville23781-9
18Erie Mason27811-1
19Bath248163
20Dansville268572
21Monroe St. Mary CC278640
22Sanford-Meridian258762
23Buchanan22901-1
24Hudson23906-7
25Muskegon Western Michigan Christian219192

RankTeamRegionScoreChange
1Traverse City St. Francis192030
2Pewamo-Westphalia242160
3Jackson Lumen Christi232270
4Hart202520
5Elk Rapids193130
6Lansing Catholic243450
7Caro253460
8Leslie233960
9Benzie Central204210
10Muskegon Western Michigan Christian214600
11Onsted234630
12Kalamazoo Christian225220
13Monroe St. Mary CC27587-2
14Stanton Central Montcalm21629-2
15Charlevoix196352
16Kent City216542
17Ithaca246880
18Blissfield27695-5
19Remus Chippewa Hills20754-3
20Schoolcraft228052
21Clinton278191
22Grand Rapids West Catholic21829-5
23Laingsburg24843-2
24Sandusky258445
25Grand Rapids Covenant Christian218531

Pinckney Boys: Two races into his season, Ben Richards has had an immediate impact on the Pirates’ fortunes. At the initial SEC Jamboree, Pinckney finished behind Chelsea and Adrian. September 28th, the second Jamboree, Ben’s presence lifted his team above Adrian. His second time to the starting line this year, a 35 second+ season best at Portage, he aided his team in lifting up a trophy.

Williamston Girls: Williamston was pegged a top-10 team to begin the year and they haven’t reached that level… yet. One can easily extrapolate and peek at the rankings from week to week, oh yeah, they’re getting there. The past three jamborees/invites, they’ve won. Five of their top seven had their highest rating of the season at CAAC Red 2. Greater Lansing is on the docket this weekend, a quick look at the teams and I wouldn’t be surprised if these Hornets are top-3 amongst all competition.

RankTeamRegionScoreChange
1East Grand Rapids121950
2Chelsea181980
3Pinckney16229-2
4Forest Hills Eastern122481
5Adrian182641
6Grand Rapids Christian113280
7Otsego133750
8Dearborn Divine Child184320
9St. Johns145480
10Freeland156040
11Petoskey10657-4
12St. Clair17669-1
13Sparta106922
14Allendale117000
15Holland Christian117293
16Wayland Union128010
17Battle Creek Harper Creek12831-18
18Linden168340
19Fremont10835-3
20Hamilton11851-3
21Clio158561
22Spring Lake118585
23Yale178602
24Frankenmuth159135
25New Boston Huron18932-1

RankTeamRegionScoreChange
1East Grand Rapids121150
2Otsego131330
3Grand Rapids Christian111640
4Spring Lake11313-2
5Zeeland East113441
6St. Joseph13351-1
7Forest Hills Eastern123552
8Goodrich164220
9Alma155190
10St. Johns145340
11Williamston14570-6
12Grand Rapids South Christian12591-1
13GR West Michigan Aviation12591-2
14DeWitt145943
15Frankenmuth155973
16Monroe Jefferson185980
17Hudsonville Unity Christian116183
18Petoskey10706-1
19Owosso147131
20Shepherd157200
21Tecumseh18723-4
22Freeland157841
23Adrian18793-1
24Chelsea187961
25Sparta10800-1

Saline Boys: Well, the Hornets were the shocker of the D1 Boys race at Portage. Jason Whitton was mentioned in the writeup, emitting a huge PB on Saturday. Sam Jackson and Truman Johnson did their thing up front, but the real points were saved by their 4th, 5th, and 6th boys. Andrew McNally, Elijah Routson, and Shane Pitcher all set PB’s and had their best (or very close) rating of the season. With those three stepping up, the Hornets captured 2nd place, confirming they’re the favorite for the SEC Red, Region 5, and possibly a podium spot at State.

Oxford Girls: In order to stave off tough, deep teams such as Walled Lake Northern or Stoney Creek, the Wildcats needed a few girls to raise their performances. Coming in right near that 21:00 was a whole gaggle of them: Addison Lester, Aubrey Mery, Natalie Bales, and Jamie Patterson. The first three had never run at Possum Hollow on the varsity stage and Jamie grabbed a second consecutive top-50 finish. If those four can work together down the stretch, Oxford will be in a great spot.

RankTeamRegionScoreChange
1Northville61840
2Grand Haven13440
3Traverse City Central2347-1
4Brighton43711
5Plymouth63890
6Portage Central34090
7Clarkston8459-2
8Romeo95020
9Ann Arbor Skyline45112
10Saline5529-2
11Forest Hills Central35390
12Detroit Catholic Central75482
13Troy85700
14Ann Arbor Pioneer5612-2
15Port Huron Northern96441
16Zeeland West16861
17White Lake Lakeland77310
18Kalamazoo Central3745-8
19Jenison1795-2
20Oxford88161
21Utica88271
22Walled Lake Northern78304
23Salem68331
24Rockford18981
25Caledonia39141

RankTeamRegionScoreChange
1Ann Arbor Pioneer51660
2Holland West Ottawa11850
3Brighton43020
4Saline5351-1
5Romeo94011
6Okemos24370
7Ann Arbor Skyline44830
8Oxford8539-2
9Northville65421
10Walled Lake Northern75421
11Traverse City West2552-2
12Jenison1581-2
13Rochester Hills Stoney Creek96251
14Macomb Dakota96283
15Traverse City Central26470
16Grand Haven1681-2
17H.H. Dow26880
18Dexter47292
19Rockford1735-6
20Forest Hills Central3794-2
21Rochester88081
22Troy8821-1
23Canton68232
24Forest Hills Northern3852-4
25Lowell38536

Engadine Boys: Having the slightest bit of time, I was able to go back and find Upper Peninsula results that I had missed. These Engadine boys have staked their claim to the EUP Conference title (it doesn’t appear there’s another jamboree). Their firepower is up front, with a range of ages. Senior Conrad Speiles and freshman Duane Krenek have both placed in the top-10 at both EUP meetings.

Hancock Girls: It don’t matter where it’s at in the race, if you’re tied and your 6th is ahead of their 6th, you win. Hancock’s Thea Tocquin was ahead of Calumet’s contributor, and the Bulldogs grabbed 2nd place at last week’s Westwood Invite (that featured four of the UP’s top ten crews).

PlaceTeamScoreDivision
1Marquette421
2Houghton761
3Munising1403
4Hancock1832
5Negaunee1851
6Sault Ste. Marie1951
7Escanaba2241
8Calumet2281
9Stephenson2963
10Eben Jct. Superior Central3273

RankTeamScoreDivision
1Marquette241
2Sault Ste. Marie1231
3Houghton1411
4Painesdale-Jeffers1492
5Negaunee1531
6Gladstone1951
7Escanaba2441
8Ironwood2722
9Engadine3083
10Stephenson3243

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