PORTAGE, Mich., April 29, 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. The rankings are 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 23 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 28, 2008
Compiled by http://michigantrackandfield.com

Lower Peninsula High School Track and Field Rankings
Division 1 LP Boys:
1 Ann Arbor-Pioneer
2 Detroit-Mumford
3 East Kentwood
4 Belleville
5 Flint Southwestern Academy
6 Flint-Carman-Ainsworth
7 Grand Ledge
8 Romulus
9 Portage Northern
10 Saline
HM Lansing Eastern
HM Pinckney

Division 1 LP Girls:
1 Ann Arbor Pioneer
2 East Kentwood
3 Jackson
4 Detroit Mumford
5 Saline
6 Rockford
7 Romulus
8 Flint Southwestern
9 Waterford Mott
10 West Bloomfield

Division 2 LP Boys:
1 East Lansing
2 Detroit Renaissance
3 Battle Creek Lakeview
4 Williamston
5 Sparta
6 Alma
7 Caledonia
8 Lansing Waverly
9T Adrian
9T Flint Kearsley

Division 2 LP Girls:
1 Detroit-Renaissance
2 Grand Rapids-South Christian
3 Ypsilanti
4 Sparta
5 Grand Rapids-Christian
6 Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Northern
7 Farmington Hills Harrison
8 Williamston
9 Chelsea
10 Parma-Western

Division 3 LP Boys:
1T Albion
1T Saginaw Swan Valley
3 Berrien Springs
4 Ovid-Elsie
5 Vassar
6 Frankenmuth
7 Saginaw Nouvel
8 Allendale
9 Jackson Lumen Christi
10 Reese
HM Grand Rapids-West Catholic

Division 3 LP Girls:
1 Albion
2 Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard
3 Parchment
4T Frankenmuth
4T Jackson Lumen Christi
6 Grand Rapids West Catholic
7 Leroy Pine River
8 Flint Hamady
9 Vermontville-Maple Valley
10 Lakeview
HM Hemlock
HM White Cloud

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

Division 4 LP Girls:
1 Southfield Christian
2 Ubly
3 Athens
4 Hillsdale Academy
5 Saranac
6 Reading
7 Potterville
8 Frankfort
9 Fowler
10 Rochester Hills-Lutheran Northwest

Upper Peninsula High School Track and Field Rankings
Upper Peninsula Rankings:

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

Division 2 UP Boys
Stephenson
2 Ishpeming
3 Houghton
4 Ish Westwood
5 Munising

Division 3 UP Boys
1 Rapid River
2 Powers – North Central
3 Cedarville
4 Lake Linden Hubbell
5 Bessemer & Rock – Mid Penn

Upper Peninsula Girls
Division 1 UP Girls
1 Marquette
2 Escanaba
3 Soo
4 Iron Mountain
5 Houghton

Division 2 UP Girls
1 St.Ignace
2 Munising
3 Newberry
4 Ish Westwood
5 Norway

Division 3 UP Girls
1 Cedarville
2 Powers – North Central
3 Rapid River
4 Pickford
5 Brimley & Detour

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

MichiganTrackandField.com was formed in 2007 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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