I really really really wanted to kick off Week Three with some hurdlers or vaulters, but there weren’t enough qualifying marks over the weekend to justify putting a list together. So we’ll start again with the jumpers and I’ll play it by ear with the hurdlers and vaulters. This warm weather should contribute mightily to fast times and towering heights.
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 Detroit Renaissance long jump girls, who are scarily contributing to a more well-rounded squad in addition to their sprint dominance:
|10||Celeste Davis||16′ 8.5″||Detroit Renaissance||385||1095|
|12||Martia Williams||16′ 1.5″||Detroit Renaissance||361|
|11||Kristen Lavergne||15′ 10″||Detroit Renaissance||349|
These are from this season only, containing meets up until SATURDAY.
If there’s ever a heptathlete candidate for the future, it’s Margaret Monaghan. The Port Huron Northern senior can do it all – hurdle, throw, sprint, high jump, long jump. It’s hard to tell what her best event is yet in 2023! All her marks at Davison’s Shake off the Rust Invite rank in the top-5 in the State. What will the future hold? Margaret was 4th in the D1 Long Jump, with the top 2 places graduating. That may be her best shot at a trophy, but I wouldn’t put anything past her.
|D1 Rank||Team||Long||High||Team Score|
|1||Port Huron Northern||778||401||1179|
|10||Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills||0||687||687|
|18||Holland West Ottawa||363||0||363|
|18||Ann Arbor Skyline||0||363||363|
|18||St. Clair Shores Lakeview||0||363||363|
After a season full of 15’s and a few 16’s, Brielle Reason jumped out of her mind at the 2022 Regionals. Her 17’5 leap gave her a regional championship and added to the confidence needed to place 4th at D2 State. She’ll be battling a field full of returners, but she’s already shown to be in peak form, her 17’5.25” in Novi is the second-best mark in the state in 2023.
|5||Macomb Lutheran North||0||745||745|
|14||Forest Hills Eastern||0||610||610|
|17||Saginaw Swan Valley||0||572||572|
Another girl that can do it all: Alyssa Budd. Alyssa only contributed to 20 points in Napoleon’s win over Brooklyn Columbia Central. Contributor in the 4×1, Winner in the 100m, Pole Vault, and her best event – Long Jump. Having leapt into the 17’s last spring, her 17’9.5” was barely a personal best, but it is easily the best mark in D3 thus far.
|5||Grand Rapids West Catholic||332||324||656|
|6||Remus Chippewa Hills||351||286||637|
|8||Saginaw Valley Lutheran||303||324||628|
|9||Grand Traverse Academy||621||0||621|
|10||Ann Arbor Greenhills||586||0||586|
She’s been a mainstay at the D4 State Finals, finishing 12th as a sophomore and 3rd as a junior. Claire Molnar kicked off her senior year with a magnificent jump into the 16’s. Currently, that’s the #1 leap amongst D4 girls and already matches her championship form from her junior year. There’s sure to be competition – 11 of the top 12 places return, but Claire has set a mark for others to ponder.
|3||The Potter’s House||296||363||658|
|11||Marine City Cardinal Mooney||331||0||331|
|13||Holland Calvary Christian||0||286||286|
|20||Mason County Eastern||0||247||247|
|20||Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary||0||247||247|
|20||St. Joseph Our Lady of the Lake Catholic||0||247||247|
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