You know, I could wait until mid-April to release these. Nearly all teams would have a meet or three under their belt, they’d be an accurate representation of the entire state. But who wants to wait that long? Surely not myself. This extended rest period is good for the soul, but I’ve laid dormant for too long.
To review, these “best crews” were started last year to try to recognize the best teams in each event area, whether that’s the jumps here, or sprints or throws elsewhere. Last year’s version was more complex and relied on having three participants in each event. I’ve changed things a bit this year, mostly to ease the process on my end and have the ability to include more teams.
Here’s the process:
Over the winter, I created my own version of World Athletics Tables, but for Michigan athletes. These are based on times/marks from the 2022 Outdoor Season throughout the US.
There are two guidelines for being included. Your mark has to be from this outdoor season and it has to be better than the Regional Additional Qualifying Mark. Marks from this season are taken from the athletic.net performance lists. There will likely be some instances where someone has run a time, but it’s not included on that list. I can’t help that! Please contact the necessary folks to get your name on there.
For each event, with a maximum of four athletes, those scores are added together. Then within a category, those events are added together. There is some scaling done for relays and more than four athletes included if you’re especially dominant in an event, but we’ll get to those in time.
Here’s an example of Rockford:
As girls run first in 2023, our women get the first post:
Rockford is headed by the great Greta Caprathe-Buczek. Greta had an outstanding freshman year, finishing 10th in the Division 1 Long Jump and winning the High Jump at MITCA. Unfortunately, she placed 5th at Regionals in the HJ, unable to qualify in both events. But it appears she’s improved a ton from her already impressive freshman best. She was consistently a 5’2 high jumper in 2022, even reaching up to 5’5. In her first official competition of her sophomore year, 5’7 to capture the crown at the Laker Challenge.
|9||Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills||363||0||363|
|10||Port Huron Northern||0||349||349|
Yale’s Sadie Dykstra was a middle school standout, losing one event (the 200 hurdles at Megastar) over the course of her season. She was unbeaten in the long jump, leaping to a 17’2 PR, which she already expanded upon by an inch in this freshman campaign.
|2||Saginaw Swan Valley||954||0||954|
|6||Orchard Lake St. Mary’s||286||328||614|
The top four finishers from Division 3’s High Jump all return. So it’s necessary that the winner, Lawton’s Heidi Newhouse, rise to a height to put a statement towards her competition. Her 5’6 opener matched her best from last year.
|2||Grand Rapids West Catholic||324||332||656|
|3||Ann Arbor Greenhills||0||586||586|
|6||Saginaw Valley Lutheran||0||303||303|
Last spring, New Buffalo’s Eva Bauer placed 20th in the Long Jump at Division 4 State. She’s done early work that shows her quest to improve upon that place. In March of ’22, her opener in the sand was a 13’3. On Friday, she gained over 2.5 feet, a performance that establishes herself as a contender for the D4 crown.
|3||Marine City Cardinal Mooney||0||331||331|
|5||Holland Calvary Christian||286||0||286|
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