PORTAGE, Mich., April 22, 2008 — Attached is today’s ranking of the boy’s and girl’s high school track and field teams for the entire state of Michigan, released weekly by michigantrackandfield.com during the high school season. It is the only ranking of high school track teams that covers both the Lower and Upper Peninsula for all school divisions.

The rankings are compiled from information provided by a panel of 24 high school coaches who review all meet results available to him/her within their respective division in an effort to provide the most accurate ranking possible. (All panelists are listed below.)

The criteria utilized for ranking by the panel is projected finish at the MHSAA Finals scheduled for May 31, 2008.

Michigan High School Track Rankings
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of April 21, 2008
Compiled by http://michigantrackandfield.com

Lower Peninsula Rankings

Boys LP Division 1
1 Ann Arbor-Pioneer
2 Detroit-Mumford
3 East Kentwood
4 Belleville
5 Grand Ledge
6 Flint Southwestern Academy
7 Flint-Carman-Ainsworth
8 Romulus
9 Portage Northern
10 Pinckney
HM Kalamazoo Central
HM Lansing-Eastern
HM Saline

Girls LP Division 1
1 Ann Arbor Pioneer
2 Detroit Mumford
3 Jackson
4 East Kentwood
5 Saline
6 Romulus
7 West Bloomfield
8 Rockford
9 Waterford Mott
10 Flint Southwestern
HM Grand Haven
HM Rochester
HM Port Huron
HM Troy

Boys LP Division 2
1 East Lansing
2 Detroit Renaissance
3 Battle Creek Lakeview
4 Caledonia
5 Alma
6 Williamston
7 Byron Center
8 Fremont
9 Lansing Waverly
10 Adrian
HM Sparta
HM Flint-Kearsley
HM Ludington
HM DeWitt

Girls LP Division 2
1 Detroit-Renaissance
2 Grand Rapids-South Christian
3 Ypsilanti
4 Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Northern
5 Grand Rapids Christian
6 Sparta
7 Farmington Hills-Harrison
8 Parma Western
9 Byron Center
10 Chelsea
HM Williamston
HM Ludington
HM Alma
HM Linden
HM Battle Creek Lakeview
HM Gaylord
HM Petosky

Boys LP Division 3
1 Albion
2 Saginaw-Swan Valley
3T Berrien Springs
3T Frankenmuth
5 Ovid-Elsie
6 Vassar
7 Jackson-Lumen Christi
8 Reese
9 Saginaw-Nouvel Catholic Central
10 Grand Rapids-West Catholic
HM Allendale
HM Sanford-Meridian
HM Montrose-Hill Mc Cloy
HM Harrison Community
HM Manchester

Girls LP Division 3
1 Albion
2 Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard
3 Jackson Lumen Christi
4 Parchment
5 Frankenmuth
6 Grand Rapids West Catholic
7 Leroy-Pine River Area
8 Flint Hamady
9 Vermontville-Maple Valley
10T Hemlock
10T Lakeview
HM Stockbridge
HM Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker
HM Grandville-Calvin Christian
HM White Cloud

Boys LP Division 4
1 Lutheran HS Westland
2 Jonesville
3 Potterville
4 Ottawa Lake-Whiteford
5 Springport
6 Royal Oak-Shrine Catholic
7 Sand Creek
8 Reading
9 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy
10 Mancelona
HM Saranac
HM Pewamo-Westphalia
HM Genesee
HM North Muskegon
HM Pittsford

Girls LP Division 4
1 Southfield Christian
2 Ubly
3 Athens
4 Hillsdale Academy
5 Frankfort
6T Saranac
6T Potterville
8 Rochester Hills-Lutheran Northwest
9 Fowler
10 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy
HM Maple City-Glen Lake
HM Reading
HM Detroit Urban Lutheran
HM Saginaw-Michigan Lutheran Seminary
HM Concord
HM Homer

Upper Peninsula Rankings:

Division 1 UP Boys
1 Gladstone
2 Soo
3 Marquette
4 Menominee
5 Escanaba

Division 2 UP Boys
1 Stephenson
2 Ironwood
3 Manistique
4 Munising
5T Norway
5T Ispeming Westwood

Division 3 UP Boys
1 Iron Mountain
2 Rock – Mid Penn
3 Engadine
4 Rapid Riner
5 Powers – North Central

Upper Peninsula Girls
Division 1 UP Girls
1 Marquette
2 Escanaba
3T Soo
3T Houghton
5T Kingsford
5T Calumet

Division 2 UP Girls
1 Ishpeming
2 St.Ignace
3 Munising
4 Hancock
5 Norway

Division 3 UP Girls
1 Pickford
2 Rapid River
3 Powers – North Central
4 Cooks – Big Bay deNoc
5 Bark River – Harris

For more information, contact Dan Wytko at phone 269.806.7001, Don Passenger at phone 616.821.3156, or at email: forum@michigancrosscountry.com.

2008 Track and Field Ranking Panel:
Dave Emeott, East Kentwood
Gary Meehan, Brighton
Mike Nesbitt, Bay City Western
Brian Salyers, Milford
Dan Wytko, Portage Central
Scott Banghart, Mattawan
John Carlson, Belding
Mike Holik, Chelsea
Robert Jazwinski, Dexter
Mitch Lutzke, Williamston
Eric Swager, Chelsea
Dan Wytko, Portage Central
Jill Evers, Kent City
Kyle McKown, Shepherd High School
Don Passenger, West Catholic
Josh Powers, Adrian Madison
Scott Werner, Pewamo-Westphalia Track
Emily Grantner, Battle Creek St Philip
Kyle McKown, Shepherd High School
Joe Shay, Central Lake
Lowie van Staveren, Gobles
Scott Werner, Pewamo-Westphalia Track
John Osler, Ishpeming
Rudy Godefroidt, Hemlock
Note: Rankers do not participate in every division or gender.

MichiganTrackandField.com was formed last year by Dan Wytko and Don Passenger to bring recognition to the sport by accurately ranking Michigan teams and to provide a venue for discussion of track and field and cross country issues.

Dan Wytko has coached track & field and cross country at Portage Central High School since 1994. He is a founder and co-meet director of the Portage Invitational; one of the nation’s premier high school cross country invitationals (http://portageinvite.com). His women’s cross country teams have won eleven division/conference titles, four regional titles, made eleven trips to the state finals, including four top ten finishes.

During Wytko’s tenure as Portage Central track and field coach, his women’s teams have won eight division/conference titles and one regional championship. His men’s teams have won two division/conference titles and one regional championship. His 2006 men’s team finished as MHSAA Division 1 State Finals Runner-up. Dan has also been a member of the Team Michigan Midwest Meet of Champions coaching staff since 2001 and he is a member of the MHSAA Rules and Regulations Committee for cross country and track and field. Dan ran competitively in high school at Battle Creek Lakeview, and he then concentrated on road runs during his collegiate years at Western Michigan University.

Don Passenger has been involved in Michigan track and field since the mid-1970s when he competed at Caledonia High School for coach John Soderman. He ran at Saginaw Valley State (NAIA) and Grand Rapids Community College (NJCAA) earning seven All American honors in events ranging in distance from the 800 meters to the marathon. He went on to compete for the University of Kentucky where he set the school record in the 1500-meter run and completed his athletic career at the University of Michigan. During his time at UM he was a varsity member of the Cross Country team that finished sixth in the NCAA Cross Country Championship (1982) and the team won the Big Ten Outdoor Track title (1983). From 1998 to 2003 Don coached at the middle school level in Grand Rapids. Don is a registered MHSAA Track and Cross Country Official. From 2003 to present Passenger has coached the Grand Rapids West Catholic girls cross country team and the girls distance program in track and field. His track team has placed in the top three the past two years in the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) Team State Track Championships (2nd 2006, 3rd 2007).

On the web: http://michigantrackandfield.com

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