And now we’re done. All events, both genders are covered. It’ll be such a fast weekend and there’s plenty of meets to lay down some blazin’ marks.
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 Traverse City West high hurdlers, with their varied mix of seniors and freshmen:
|11||Wally Tupper||15.41||Traverse City West||402||1096|
|11||Parker Kirschner||16.00||Traverse City West||356|
|9||Aaryn Stallworth||16.23||Traverse City West||338|
These three combined for 14 points in the 110s at Davison’s Shake off the Rust Invite and on Wednesday, swept Gaylord.
The times and results for these rankings are anything that was on athleticnet before THURSDAY NIGHT.
Whichever event he lays his hands on, he finds success. Beyond his two All-State finishes in the short sprints at the 2022 D1 State Finals, Braxton Brann also flashed some hurdling magnificence. He placed 2nd in the SEC Red with a 14.70 in the 110s and went undefeated in three duals in the 300s. His first meet out in 2023, a tri against Lincoln and Monroe, showed even more explosion than last year. Personal bests in both events, including a 14.15 in the high hurdles. The 60h work over the winter has certainly paid off, leading to great accomplishments indoors (MITS title) and a high possibility of great accomplishments outdoors.
|12||Joshua Hurt||15.01||East Kentwood||432||110h|
|12||Nakia Willis||41.00||East Kentwood||404||300h|
|12||Nakia Willis||15.47||East Kentwood||397||110h|
|12||Joshua Hurt||41.23||East Kentwood||397||300h|
|2||Traverse City West||1096||397||1493|
|4||Detroit Cass Tech||868||459||1327|
|5||Ann Arbor Huron||498||449||948|
|8||Kalamazoo Loy Norrix||437||401||838|
|9||Detroit U-D Jesuit||827||0||827|
|10||Walled Lake Northern||382||421||803|
|18||Detroit Catholic Central||407||0||407|
|19||Beverly Hills Groves||0||404||404|
Coming in first for my 2022 D2 All Around Athlete was Spring Lake’s Jaxson Tober. He attained that honor largely thanks to his hurdling prowess, and it appears he’s improved from last year. At this date in 2022, he had season bests of 15.68 and 43.57. As of now, he’s at 15.42 and 41.31. Don’t be shocked if he busts through some major barriers in the coming months and scores considerable points at the state level.
|4||Grand Rapids Catholic Central||701||0||701|
|9||Battle Creek Harper Creek||316||330||646|
|16||Macomb Lutheran North||338||0||338|
His freshman year was the standard for any freshman. Throw them in a ton of events, a few relays, show some potential, and then… win a dang conference title. Caleb Walker has taken his high hurdle conference title and ran with it. His first two 110h efforts of the year were both victories and both considerable personal bests. It’s not as if this is a one off thing, his 200m/400m races also produced 2-3 second bests.
|10||Warren Michigan Collegiate||636||0||636|
There are names you see over and over. Mid-Michigan has a ton of Feldpausch’s, and it seems every last one runs track or cross country. Brady Feldpausch is one of many with that surname and one of many in the Fowler tradition. His sophomore year has seen quite a leap, progressing from 17.7 to 16.3 in the high hurdles and 45.3 to 42.6 in the 300s. Both times would’ve ranked in the top-20 in 2022 and we still have six+ weeks left. I’m excited to see how he builds upon the gains he’s already made.
|4||Portland St. Patrick||189||472||661|
|7||International Academy of Flint||225||290||514|
|18||Mason County Eastern||177||0||177|
And look at this – TWO Upper Peninsula teams, getting work in before another snow storm hits early next week.
|2||Sault Ste. Marie||119||0||119|
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