Best Jump Crews: Boys Week One

(Yes I’m copying the same intro from yesterday. I felt it was well-written and being my own boss, I have those kinda perks)

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’s girls:

10Ashley Williams157.5187.5Rockford339.98Long
10Greta Caprathe-Buczek5767Rockford497.37High

Since girls run first in 2023, they were posted yesterday. Here are the boys:

Bay City Western’s Colton Whyte was Michigan’s best middle school high jumper last spring. One might think he’d need a warmup period, a few weeks adjustment before sticking his nose in at the HS level. False. Colton traveled down the road to SVSU and took home 1st place on the first day of the season. 6’2 might not mean much now, but I’m anxious to see where he’s at in two months.

D1 RankTeamHighLongScore
2East Kentwood377392769
3Traverse City West377362740
5Bay City Western4050405
8Grand Blanc0381381
9Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills0380380
9Grand Haven0380380

What a team contributor Nate Bolley is for Whitehall. He was a part of their three sprint relays that competed at the 2022 State. He can even move up to an 800 if you need him. But individually, his 20’10” opener in the long jump puts him on track to make noise in Division 2 in that event, 21’+ efforts often placing one on the medal stand. Whatever happens, I know he’ll be an integral part of an always successful Viking team.

D2 RankTeamHighLongScore
2Orchard Lake St. Mary’s0733733
4Grand Rapids Catholic Central4050405
4Monroe Jefferson4050405
7Ortonville Brandon0352352
8Richland Gull Lake3490349
10Flint Kearsley3350335
10North Branch3350335
10Saginaw Swan Valley3350335

Karson Tocco plays a similar role to Bolley, a jack of all trades on Clare, another traditional power. He excels in the longer sprints, attaining a Regional Championship in the 200m. That title came after missing qualifying in the long jump at those same Regionals. 2023 is off to a wonderful start however, as he grabbed the D3/D4 title at SVSU. Seven of the top eight finishers in the D3 long jump were seniors, that medal stand and that title are completely up for grabs.

D3 RankTeamHighLongScore
7Grandville Calvin Christian3490349
8Saginaw Valley Lutheran0348348
9Reed City3350335

Over in Ypsi at 2022’s Huron Relays, Anthany Buford leapt 20+ feet on his initial jump of his high school career. Automatically a contender in D4, he carried those 20+ efforts to the State Finals, where he placed 2nd, jumping 22’0. Ten months later, he’s back where he started, only adding nearly two feet to that initial effort. Peck’s Alex Affer is still there and don’t look past Fairview’s Landon Galea, these three should be heavy favorites to place high in a few months’ time.

D4 RankTeamHighLongScore
1Detroit Frederick Douglass0423423
2McBain Northern Michigan Christian2930293
3Holland Calvary Christian0291291

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