PORTAGE, Mich., May 6, 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 divisional 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 May 5, 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 Flint Carman Ainsworth
5 Romulus
6 Belleville
7 Flint Southwestern Academy
8 Saline
9 Lansing Eastern
10 Grand Ledge
HM Northville
HM Pinckney
HM Portage Northern

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

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

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

Division 3 LP Boys:
(typo corrected from initial release)
1 Albion
2T Saginaw-Swan Valley
2T Berrien Springs
4 Allendale
5 Reese
6 Jackson-Lumen Christi
7 Ovid-Elsie
8 Frankenmuth
9 Grand Rapids-West Catholic
10 Cass City

Division 3 LP Girls:
1 Albion
2 Frankenmuth
3 Grand Rapids-West Catholic
4 Ann Arbor-Gabriel Richard
5 Leroy-Pine River Area
6 Jackson-Lumen Christi
7 Parchment
8 Shepherd
9 Clare
10 Vermontville-Maple Valley
HM Saginaw-Valley Lutheran
HM Monroe-St Mary Catholic Central

Division 4 LP Boys
1 Lutheran HS Westland
2 Potterville
3T Jonesville
3T Springport
5T Reading
5T Sand Creek
7T Ottawa Lake-Whiteford
7T Webberville Community
9 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy
10 Pewamo-Westphalia

Division 4 LP Girls:
1 Southfield Christian
2 Ubly
3T Hillsdale Academy
3T Saranac
5T Athens
5T Reading
7T Fowler
7T Potterville
9 Rochester Hills-Lutheran Northwest
10 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy

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

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

Division 2 UP Boys
1 Ishpeming
2 Ish. Westwood
3 Stephenson
4 St. Ignace
5 Munising

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

Upper Peninsula Girls
Division 1 UP Girls
1 Marquette
2 Soo
3 Houghton
4 Gladstone
5 Gwinn

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

Division 3 UP Girls
1 Bark River-Haris
2 Cooks – Big Bay deNoc
3 Rapid River,
4 Dollar Bay
5 Carney – Nadeau

We also include the first ever Michigan Power Ranking of the top 25 boys and girls track teams in the state of Michigan regardless of division. The list is an objectively calculated ranking based on an imaginary meet using season best performances known to us. We utilize the season best lists published at michtrack.org (with permission of that site). michtrack.org is the most respected track site in Michigan for season best lists. All Michigan teams are free to submit meet results to michtrack.org for inclusion in the Michigan Power Rankings.

Michigan Mens Power Rankings

Rank School Points Division
1 East Lansing 46 2
2 Ann Arbor Pioneer 42.5 1
3 East Kentwood 36.5 1
4 Saline 30 1
5 Flint Carman Ainsworth 29 1
6 Detroit Mumford 27 1
7 Williamston 25.6 2
8 Livonia Stevenson 24 1
9 Northville 21 1
10 Lansing Everett 20 1
11 Midland Dow 18 1
12T Allendale 14 3
12T Jackson 14 1
12T Monroe 14 1
15 Portage Northern 13.5 1
16 Otsego 12.5 2
17T Belleville 12 1
17T Flint Southwestern 12 1
19 Lansing Eastern 11 1
20T Ferndale 10.5 2
20T Lansing Sexton 10.5 1
22T Detroit Catholic Central 10 1
22T Jackson Lumen Christi 10 3
22T Marine City 10 3
25 Inkster 9.5 2

Michigan Womens Power Rankings

Rank School Points Division
1 Ann Arbor Pioneer 64 1
2 Jackson 56.5 1
3 Rockford 47 1
4 Detroit Mumford 33.3 1
5 Flint Southwestern 31 1
6T Grand Haven 30 1
6T Waterford Mott 30 1
8 East Kentwood 27.5 1
9 Ypsilanti 20 2
10 Romulus 18 1
11 East Lansing 16 2
12 Ypsilanti Lincoln 12 2
13 Woodhaven 11.8 1
14 Southfield Lathrup 11 1
15 Flint Carman Ainsworth 10.5 1
16T Detroit Cody 10 1
16T Dexter 10 2
16T Frankenmuth 10 3
16T Standish Sterling 10 3
16T West Bloomfield 10 2
21 Portage Central 9.5 1
22T Grand Blanc 9 1
22T Grand Rapids South Christian 9 2
22T Troy 9 1
25 Saline 8.3 2

For more information about either Michigan High School Divisional Track and Field Rankings or Michigan Power Rankings, contact Dan Wytko at phone 269.806.7001, Don Passenger at phone 616.821.3156, or at email: forum@michigancrosscountry.com.

2008 Divisional 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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