PORTAGE, Mich., May 27, 2008 — Attached is the FINAL 2008 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 26, 2008

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

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

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

Division 2 LP Girls:
1 Detroit-Renaissance
2 Grand Rapids-South Christian
3 Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Northern
4 East Lansing
5 Ypsilanti
6 Chelsea
7 Williamston
8 Goodrich
9 Grand Rapids-Christian
10 Middleville-Thornapple Kellogg
HM Yale

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

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

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

Division 4 LP Girls:
1 Potterville
2 Reading
3 Athens
4 Southfield Christian
5T Traverse City-St Francis
5T Pewamo-Westphalia
6 Hillsdale Academy
7 Harbor Beach Community
8 Saranac
9 Mt Pleasant-Beal City
10T Homer
10T Battle Creek-St Philip Catholic Central (Battle

MichiganTrackandField.com Upper Peninsula Prep Rankings:
Division 1 UP Boys
1 Glad
2T Menominee
2T Kingsford
4 Escanaba
5 Marquette

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

Division 3 UP Boys
1 North Dickinson
2 Rapid River
3 Cedarville
4 North Central
5 Forest Park

Upper Peninsula Girls
Division 1 UP Girls
1 Marquette
2 Kingsford
3 Iron Mountain
4 Calumet
5T Gladstone
5T Escanaba

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

Division 3 UP Girls
1 North Central
2 Brimley
3 Forrest Park
4 Big Bay
5T North Dickinson
5T Bark River

We have decided to hold our MichiganTrackandField.com Power Ranking of the top 25 boys and girls track teams in the state of Michigan regardless of division until later in the week as there are a number of championship meets this week with minimum qualifying standards.

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 three years in the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) Team State Track Championships (2nd 2006, 3rd 2007, 1st 2008).

On the web: http://michigantrackandfield.com

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