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The Top Tens: Division 4, #3

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2020 Season: 2nd Alliance League, 1st Pre-Region 62, 2nd Region 31, 11th D4 State

(Regional and State without Osterink)

2020 Season: 1st Pre-Region 60, 1st Region 30, 3rd D4 State

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50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #11

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  • Benne is a mystery to me and improvements such as his are why I do these things
  • His freshman year was all over the place – a 16:20 to close out the year at Benzie, a 20:30 at Spartan
  • We didn’t get a track season, so outside of the Ottawa Hills circle, who would’ve known what he’d blossom into?
  • His fall was much more consistent and his efforts steadily increased until a PB of 16:05 at MIS
  • The same happened in the spring, where he showed 1600/3200m ability, once again at a consistent level of sub 4:35/10:00
  • The formula for this list weighed XC and the 3200m equally, and he’s here largely because of his 9:21 at the CAT
    • And we know that wasn’t a fluke either, as evidenced by the 9:25 on that windy night at Shepherd
  • I look forward to seeing if he can continue on this upward trajectory

  • Presley steps into the high school foray as first and foremost, a winner
  • She hasn’t lost a race since October 2019, an 18 race winning streak
  • Her times might not be as fast as other incoming freshmen, but you wonder what she could do if she were pushed in a race
  • In those 18 victories are numerous championship honors:
    • 2 St. Joseph County XC titles
    • 3 SW10 Track Titles
    • 2 MHSAA Regional Track titles
  • Peeking at Mendon’s calendar, the first larger invitational they’ll be at will be Otsego, hopefully we get a glimpse of where she’s at before then
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Regional Previews: Division 1, Region 7

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Where: Hess Hathaway Park. Tough terrain and footing. Course usually runs a little SLOW. 2018 was the last year that regionals were held here and I had -10 for boys and -32 for girls. In general, I felt the adjustments for girls that year was too generous, so I wouldn’t be shocked if this is 10-20 seconds on the slower side.

2020 Boys: Highland-Milford, Rochester Adams, Lake Orion

2020 Girls: Clarkston, Walled Lake Northern, Rochester Adams

Top 25 Boys Teams: Farmington (15), Walled Lake Northern (16), Highland-Milford (23)

Top 25 Girls Teams: Walled Lake Northern (12), Grand Blanc (14), Fenton (19)

Top 50 Boys (Division 1): Peter Baracco (2), Nicholas Negru (21), Ryan O’Rourke (22), William Thomas (25), Easton Williams (26)

Top 50 Girls (Division 1): Lola Thomas (12), Sophia Thomas (25), Kate Jenkins (33), Chloe Wall (40), Mia Czarnowski (48)