Best Sprint Crews: Boys Week Two

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. Their purpose is to compare across events. Here are the boys tables:


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. Relays are scaled to match their importance within a meet. Often, at the state level, teams score more points from a relay than they would with four individuals running that event, so they’re given a bit more importance here.

Here’s an example of one of the better early season crews, the Spring Lake 400m bunch, which includes one of the better overall athletes in the State, Jaxson Tober:

GradeNameTimeTeamDivisionPointsTeam Score
12Tanner Guczwa50.86Spring Lake2388
12Jaxson Tober50.94Spring Lake2385
12Caden Kyser51.61Spring Lake23611134

These are from this season only, containing meets up until TUESDAY. Since the early season meets omit a few events, what I did was take a team’s best three event scores. Future versions will include all events.

The two crews I’ve neglected to rank have been the pole vaulters and hurdlers. Hurdles, because there have been very few opportunities at the 100/110/300m distances, vaulters because it’ll take a bit for them to hit the regional qualifying height. I plan to kick those off next week and settle into a consistent rhythm and schedule.

Third fastest 400m mark as a freshman doesn’t mean much unless it translates to quicker times as an upperclassman. Ahmad Ameen has definitely accelerated in terms of speed and growth, throwing down a 49.46 in his opener. Running that indoors shows Ahmad can definitely be in the discussion come June and perhaps be a challenger to defending champ Malachi Mosley.

D1 RankTeamScore100m200m400m4×14×24×4
1Byron Center2285319542659010840
4Detroit U-D Jesuit11620309008530
5Detroit Cass Tech11540040207520
6Ann Arbor Pioneer11080036800740
7Holland West Ottawa1010313306391000
9Lansing Waverly65865800000
12Ann Arbor Skyline41100411000
13Zeeland West38700387000
15Detroit Catholic Central33000330000
16Warren DeLaSalle31331300000
17East Kentwood30803080000
18Grand Blanc29402940000
19Grand Haven28202820000
20Warren Mott26902690000

Wrote a bit about his sister on Tuesday, thought I’d return the favor today. They’re both 100m studs, and Rasean O’Tey has kicked off his season in unfamiliar territory. His previous two openers have been of the 11.8 variety, now he’s closing in on sub-11 with an 11.12. Last spring, he was able to nab his first State Qualifier in the 200m, can he double that up with a 100m berth as well?

D2 RankTeamScore100m200m400m4×14×24×4
1Spring Lake243827924111340624679
2Forest Hills Eastern12690000608661
4Orchard Lake St. Mary’s8972600006380
5Detroit Country Day70400007040
7Pontiac Notre Dame Prep6160295321000
16Summit Academy North32600326000
17North Branch30600306000
19Remus Chippewa Hills29500295000

As a team, Constantine probably doesn’t get the attention from me as they deserve. In 2022, the Falcons closed the season as runner-ups in Region 24 and the SAC, 5th at MITCA, and 16th in the State Finals. A large part of that was Dean Topoloski’s sprinting. He was a consistent contributor at the 200m and 400m. He specialized in the 400m, finally nailing a sub-51 at the D3 Finals, good enough for a 5th place finish. He opened this year with a 51.48, almost a second quicker than his 2022 opener, which makes one wonder how low he can go in 2023.

D3 RankTeamScore100m200m400m4×14×24×4
1Lansing Catholic1172017004065960
2Saginaw Valley Lutheran1059024734604660
4Burton Atherton8560339005170
10Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard3852251600000
13Kent City35103510000
14Dearborn Advanced Technology28628600000
16Grandville Calvin Christian25900259000
19Reed City19401940000
20Holland Black River19401940000

Jack of all trades, master of all, Northwood commit and Petersburg point getter is back again for his senior campaign. In Tuesday’s Tri meet between Dundee, Dearborn ATA, and P-S, Brandon Thompson finished first in the 400m, 800m, AND long jump. None of his marks were especially outstanding, but the mere fact that he’s out there means trouble for any D4 competition. After all, last June, he pulled off one of the harder doubles possible, placing 2nd in the 400m and then doubling back with a 3spot in the 800m. I have no doubt this competitive beast will pull off something similarly spectacular in a few months.

D4 RankTeamScore100m200m400m4×14×24×4
1Detroit Frederick Douglass1010002430428340
2Kalamazoo Hackett98447125302202600
3Muskegon Heights4500001393110
4Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart3540142211000
5Mt Clemens33203320000
8Manistee Catholic18800188000
9Novi Christian Academy18700187000
10The Potter’s House18700018700

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