PORTAGE, Mich., May 20, 2008 — Attached is today’s MichiganTrackandField.com Prep Ranking. This is the only 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 during the high school season. It covers both the Lower and Upper Peninsula for all school divisions.

The MichiganTrackandField.com rankings are compiled for each high school division by a vote 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.

MichiganTrackandField.com Prep Ranking
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of May 19, 2008

Lower Peninsula High School Track and Field Rankings
Division 1 LP Boys:
1 Ann Arbor Pioneer
2 East Kentwood
3 Detroit Mumford
4 Saline
5 Swartz Creek
6 Flint Carman-Ainsworth
7 Midland Dow
8 Belleville
9 Pinckney
10 Romulus
HM Livonia Stevenson
HM Detroit Catholic Central

Division 1 LP Girls:
1 Ann Arbor Pioneer
2 Jackson
3 East Kentwood
4 Rockford
5 Flint Southwestern Academy
6 Saline
7 Detroit Mumford
8 Waterford Mott
9 Grand Haven
10 Lathrup Village-Southfield-Lathrup
HM Romulus

Division 2 LP Boys:
1T East Lansing
1T Williamston
3 Inkster
4 Dexter
5 Zeeland West
6 Detroit-Renaissance
7 Whitehall
8 Sparta
9 Ypsilanti
10 Adrian
HM Lansing-Waverly

Division 2 LP Girls:
1 Detroit-Renaissance
2 Ypsilanti
3 Grand Rapids-South Christian
4 Chelsea
5 Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Northern
6 East Lansing
7T Holland Christian
7T Williamston
9 Yale
10 Sparta
HM Remus-Chippewa Hills
HM Sturgis

Division 3 LP Boys:
1 Albion
2 Allendale
3 Perry
4 Vermontville-Maple Valley
5 Saginaw-Swan Valley
6 Ovid-Elsie
7 Grand Rapids-West Catholic
8 Jackson-Lumen Christi
9 Reese
10 Grandville-Calvin Christian

Division 3 LP Girls:
1 Albion
2 Frankenmuth
3 Ann Arbor-Gabriel Richard
4 Grand Rapids-West Catholic
5T Vermontville-Maple Valley
5T Leroy-Pine River Area
7 Jackson-Lumen Christi
8 Flint-Hamady
9T Stockbridge
9T Schoolcraft
9T Monroe-St Mary Catholic Central

Division 4 LP Boys
1T Potterville
1T Pewamo-Westphalia
3 Ottawa Lake-Whiteford
4 Webberville Community
5T Saranac
5T Jonesville
6 Sand Creek
7 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy
8 Detroit Urban Lutheran
9 Genesee
10 White Pigeon

Division 4 LP Girls:
1 Potterville
2 Reading
3 Athens
4 Southfield Christian
5 Pewamo-Westphalia
6T Hillsdale Academy
6T Harbor Beach Community
8 Saranac
9T Traverse City-St Francis
9T Homer

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

Division 1 UP Boys
1. Gladstone
2. Kingsford
3. Menominee
4. Calumet
5. Escanaba & Houghton

Division 2 UP Boys
1. Stephenson
2. Ironwood
3. Ishpeming Westwood
4. Manistique
5. St. Ignace

Division 3 UP Boys
1. Rapid River
2. Felch – North Dickinson
3. Cedarville
5. Lake Linden-Hubbell

Upper Peninsula Girls
Division 1 UP Girls
1. Marquette
2. Kingsford
3. Iron Mountain
4. Escanaba
5. Calumet & Houghton

Division 2 UP Girls
1T. St. Ignace
1T. Ishpeming Westwood
3. Munising
4. Manistique
5. L’Anse

Division 3 UP Girls
1. Felch – North Dickinson
2T. Bark River
2T. North Central
4. Brimley
5. Big Bay and Rapid River

We also include the MichiganTrackandField.com 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.

MichiganTrackandField.com Men’s Power Rankings

This Week Last Week School Power Points Division
1 (1) East Kentwood 41.5 1
2 (6T) Flint Carman-Ainsworth 39.3 1
3 (5) Ann Arbor Pioneer 38 1
4 (2) East Lansing 34 2
6 (11T) Romulus 26.5 1
6 (NR) Swartz Creek 26 1
7T (4) Detroit Mumford 21 1
7T (3) Williamston 21 2
9T (9T) Dexter 18 2
9T (18T) Otsego 18 2
11T (11T) Northville 16 1
11T (8) Ovid-Elsie 16 3
13T (NR) Detroit Catholic Central 14 1
13T (NR) Inkster 14 1
13T (11T) Saline 14 1
16 (15) Allendale 12 3
17 (17) Okemos 11.5 1
18T (NR) Jackson Lumen Christi 11 3
18T (NR) Lansing Everett 11 1
20 (14) Midland Dow 10.5 1
21T (NR) Manchester 10 3
21T (NR) Marine City 10 1
23 (18T) Flint Southwestern 9.5 1
24T (18T) Belleville 9 1
24T (NR) Milford 9 1

MichiganTrackandField.com Women’s Power Rankings

This Week Last Week School Power Points Division
1 (1) Ann Arbor Pioneer 61.8 1
2 (4) Flint Southwestern 44.5 1
3 (3) Rockford 32 1
4T (5) East Kentwood 30 1
4T (2) Jackson 30 1
6 (8) Romulus 26.5 1
7 (6) Grand Haven 26 1
8 (12) Saline 24.3 1
9 (20T) Southfield Lathrup 24 1
10 (10) Waterford Mott 21 1
11 (7) Detroit Mumford 20 1
12 (18T) Detroit Cody 18 1
13 (13) Grand Blanc 12 1
14T (18T) Dexter 10 2
14T (16) Zeeland East 10 2
16 (22T) Detroit Renaissance 9 2
17T (NR) Utica 8.5 1
17T (NR) Yale 8.5 2
19 (NR) Ypsilanti Lincoln 8.3 2
20T (11) Flint Carman-Ainsworth 8 1
20T (NR) Parma Western 8 2
20T (NR) Saginaw Arthur Hill 8 1
20T (22T) Standish-Sterling 8 3
20T (NR) Zeeland West 8 2
25T (NR) Marine City 6 2
25T (22T) Richland Gull Lake 6 2
25T (14) Rochester Adams 6 1
25T (17) Saginaw 6 1
25T (22T) West Bloomfield 6 1
25T (20T) Woodhaven 6 1
25T (15) Ypsilanti 6 2

Week 3 of MichiganTrackandField.com’s Power Rankings showed moderate stability. The rankings place no limit on how many events one athlete can be scored in, unlike a real meet.

For more information about either “MichiganTrackandField.com Prep Track and Field Ranking” 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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