Best Throws Crews: Girls Week One

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 Zeeland East’s already dominant girls:

12Mariah Sackett11191341.0Zeeland East1409
12Kallie Taylor10461254.0Zeeland East1389
11Anna Tilden9851181.0Zeeland East1372
12Faith Bonnema3511431Zeeland East1410
12Mariah Sackett350.75420.75Zeeland East1401
11Anna Tilden347415Zeeland East1396

These are from this season only, containing meets up until Tuesday. They do contain shot AND disc, I know many of the indoor meets didn’t contain the discus, but I felt it necessary to reward those that have braved the outdoors.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the defending D1 State Champ in the Shot and Disc. As an Allen Park alum, I’m afforded that fandom! One must pay attention to potential competitors, and Royal Oak’s Elly Finch is on the rise yet again. Last May, she was able to dramatically improve, adding 5’ to her SP and 15’ to her Discs in the final month of the season. At Indoor State, she was able to crack 40’ for the first time ever, then she one upped that with a 41’0 toss at the Macomb Indoor Meet.

D1 RankTeamShotDiscTeam Score
1Zeeland East120711702377
2East Kentwood8520852
3Port Huron Northern7550755
5Royal Oak4660466
6Traverse City West4470447
7Livonia Stevenson4150415
8East Lansing4100410
9Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills4080408
10Chippewa Valley4020402

With seven of the top eight finishers graduating, the D2 Girl’s Shot Put is completely up for grabs. Janae Hudson finished outside of that top eight, but has made marked improvement in the year since. A 6th place finish at Indoor State showed she can compete in championships, a 39’2 toss to open the year shows she’s gained the distance to push towards 40’ and beyond.

D2 RankTeamShotDiscTeam Score
6Monroe Jefferson3970397
8Paw Paw0380380
9Dearborn Divine Child3750375
10GR Catholic Central3750375

With many of the top returners yet to throw, one must look for potential newcomers. Clare’s well-rounded program (pound for pound, among the best hurdle schools in the state) extends to their throwers. Kadence Zelinski has made a marked improvement from last year, punching into the 30’s for the first time ever in her Shot Put opener.

D3 RankTeamShotDiscTeam Score

Portland St. Patrick’s Isabella Russman is off to a start that could lead to her first ever state qualifier. Despite throwing over 30’ as a freshman, she still finished 5th in a tough regional last year. This time around, she’s started above 30’ and that could very well progress toward throws over the additional qualifying mark.

D4 RankTeamShotDiscTeam Score
1Saginaw Valley Lutheran3840384
2Portland St. Patrick3490349
3Kalamazoo Hackett3410341
4Austin Catholic3400340
5Manistee Catholic3380338

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