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:
|12||Mariah Sackett||111||9||1341.0||Zeeland East||1||409|
|12||Kallie Taylor||104||6||1254.0||Zeeland East||1||389|
|11||Anna Tilden||98||5||1181.0||Zeeland East||1||372|
|12||Faith Bonnema||35||11||431||Zeeland East||1||410|
|12||Mariah Sackett||35||0.75||420.75||Zeeland East||1||401|
|11||Anna Tilden||34||7||415||Zeeland East||1||396|
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 Rank||Team||Shot||Disc||Team Score|
|3||Port Huron Northern||755||0||755|
|6||Traverse City West||447||0||447|
|9||Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills||408||0||408|
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 Rank||Team||Shot||Disc||Team Score|
|9||Dearborn Divine Child||375||0||375|
|10||GR Catholic Central||375||0||375|
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 Rank||Team||Shot||Disc||Team 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 Rank||Team||Shot||Disc||Team Score|
|1||Saginaw Valley Lutheran||384||0||384|
|2||Portland St. Patrick||349||0||349|
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