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:
|12||Tanner Guczwa||50.86||Spring Lake||2||388|
|12||Jaxson Tober||50.94||Spring Lake||2||385|
|12||Caden Kyser||51.61||Spring Lake||2||361||1134|
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.
|4||Detroit U-D Jesuit||1162||0||309||0||0||853||0|
|5||Detroit Cass Tech||1154||0||0||402||0||752||0|
|6||Ann Arbor Pioneer||1108||0||0||368||0||0||740|
|7||Holland West Ottawa||1010||313||306||391||0||0||0|
|12||Ann Arbor Skyline||411||0||0||411||0||0||0|
|15||Detroit Catholic Central||330||0||0||330||0||0||0|
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?
|2||Forest Hills Eastern||1269||0||0||0||0||608||661|
|4||Orchard Lake St. Mary’s||897||260||0||0||0||638||0|
|5||Detroit Country Day||704||0||0||0||0||704||0|
|7||Pontiac Notre Dame Prep||616||0||295||321||0||0||0|
|16||Summit Academy North||326||0||0||326||0||0||0|
|19||Remus Chippewa Hills||295||0||0||295||0||0||0|
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.
|2||Saginaw Valley Lutheran||1059||0||247||346||0||466||0|
|10||Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard||385||225||160||0||0||0||0|
|14||Dearborn Advanced Technology||286||286||0||0||0||0||0|
|16||Grandville Calvin Christian||259||0||0||259||0||0||0|
|20||Holland Black River||194||0||194||0||0||0||0|
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.
|1||Detroit Frederick Douglass||1010||0||0||243||0||428||340|
|4||Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart||354||0||142||211||0||0||0|
|9||Novi Christian Academy||187||0||0||187||0||0||0|
|10||The Potter’s House||187||0||0||0||187||0||0|
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