Lansing Christian – Current Rank: 9 (Division 4) Current Rating: 76.9 Jackson Rating: 99.1
|Name||Under the Lights||Laingsburg||Concord||Springport||Bath||Weighted Avg.||Jackson|
Across the board, all of the top 5 Lansing Christian girls improved. All 5 hit their best ratings for the season and their best times for the season, with Madison Volz getting a lifetime PR (18:41). It’s not as if this was an anomaly, as they ran well at Bath and improved on that. These girls will be at Stockbridge on Saturday.
Traverse City West – Current Rank: 17 (Division 1) Current Rating: 117.1 Jackson Rating: 136.4
|Name||Pete Moss||Lancer||Weighted Avg.||Jackson|
Hannah Smith coming back into the fold and running a 145 (18:54), but the West girls were bound to move up even if she was held out another week. Notable performances include PRs from Elliott Smith (19:06), Morgan Lyon (19:19) and Audrey Braund (20:19). We’ll see the Titans again at Portage.
Bloomingdale – Current Rank: 23 (Division 3) Current Rating: 76.8 Bangor Rating: 93.0
Kallie Harrison and Nelly Gonzalez have been consistent forces for Bloomingdale for the last two years. Aimee Sustaita has improved upon a solid freshman year where she ran 21:39. Marta Douglas has stepped up immensely as the year has progressed. From barely breaking 27 in her opener to running in the 23’s now. Adjusting for course, I have it as a 3.5 minute improvement. Will she continue to rise?
Grosse Ile – Current Rank: 13 (Division 2) Current Rating: 111.0 Jefferson Rating: 122.4
|Name||Downriver Watermelon||Averill||Spartan||Weighted Avg.||Jefferson|
Many Grosse Ile girls had exceptional races at Jefferson. Their whole varsity outperformed their season ratings, including huge jumps from Lynder Worsley and Marisa Swick. And they have a frontrunner too, Alisa Erickson, who busted out nearly a 20 second PR, nearly reaching that school record. They’re at Carlson’s Marauder Invite Saturday, but I think she’ll have a good chance at that record at the Wayne County Championships.
Clarkston – Current Rank: NR (Division 1) Current Rating: 96.2 Jackson Rating: 140.8
If Clarkston’s girls were to be inserted into last week’s ratings, they’d be #2. Things change week to week but it’s likely they enter next week at that spot, maybe even #1. I feel they’re a team that might be rated low, but on a state meet projection, would finish higher. Grace Nolan probably has more in her, as she’s easily won jamborees over runners with 150+ ratings. Also standing out was Mattie Drennan, with a huge PR, dropping 43 seconds and Mia Patria, who seemed to struggle in their first jamboree. Nice bounce back performance.
Clarkston – Current Rank: NR (Division 1) Current Rating: 176.2 Jackson Rating: 203.9
|Name||Preseason Projection||Autumn Classic||Jackson|
Shawn Slater, Mark Sprague, Jeremy Cavallo, and Carson Brock all exceeded my preseason expectation. I’m ecstatic for Cavallo, who dropped under 17 min. for the first time in his career. Slater ran 15:56 last year, but was inconsistent, which hurt his average rating. He had a much more steady track season, always around that 9:40 mark for the 32. Even then, a 210 to start off the season is impressive. Brock may challenge 17:00 this season after barely running under 18 last year. And Mark Sprague could be their 4th guy to go sub-16 this year. Long story short, a great invitational debut for these guys. I really wish we could see them against Plymouth or Brighton before states.
Birmingham Seaholm – Current Rank: 24 (Division 1) Current Rating: 181.8 Jackson Rating: 188.5
Before this weekend, it was pretty certain that Troy and Grosse Pointe North were locks in Region 8. Royal Oak has an outside chance, but Seaholm’s performance at Jackson definitely lowered their odds. George Nummer and Jakob Sayers are givens, what is key for Seaholm is their 3/4/5. Jack Seel got down to 16:58 at the Beach last year, but had two wildly different performances this year. His 16:46 is what’s needed. The brothers Longe both set huge PRs and Toland Corum had his best performance of the season by over a minute.
East Grand Rapids – Current Rank: 12 (Division 2) Current Rating: 177.8 Jackson Rating: 185.9
|Name||Portage EB||Bath||Spartan||Weighted Avg.||Jackson|
Andrew Periard and Evan Bishop were to be expected. I pegged both of them as potential all-staters, and Bishop is coming off a track season where he went 4:25,9:18. As with many of these teams, their 3-7 runners make the difference. Elijah Becker is someone who’s steadily dropped time over the course of his career, going from 18:28 as a freshman to 17:10 earlier this season. His 178 at Jackson lets us know he’s closing in on that 17 minute barrier. He and Sean Coney will be key to EGR’s success the rest of the season.
Kent City – Current Rank: 19 (Division 3) Current Rating: 159.0 Evart Wildcat Rating: 171.5
|Name||Kent City Long Lake||Muskegon CC||CM Hornet||Sparta||Weighted Avg.||Evart Wildcat|
One has to appreciate when a freshman realizes their potential and keeps progressing. Thomas Swanson seems to have done that. Adjusting for course, he’s made at least a 2:30 improvement. Alex Russo also ran out of his gourd, running 0:55 faster than what he did on the Evart course last year.
Montabella – Current Rank: 25 (Division 4) Current Rating: 132.2 Evart Wildcat Rating: 146.9
|Name||44||47||56||58||Weighted Avg.||Evart Wildcat|
Evart’s course has traditionally been pretty tough, so no PRs out there for any of these guys. Erik Green, Jordan Mawhirter, and Tristan Lee notched their best individual ratings of the season.