PORTAGE, Mich., May 14, 2008 — Attached is today’s MichiganTrackandField.com Prep Track and Field 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 is the only ranking of high school track teams that 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 Track and Field Ranking
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of May 12, 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 Flint Southwestern Academy
6 Belleville
7 Saline
8 Romulus
9 Grand Ledge
10 Lansing-Eastern
HM Northville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Rock – Mid Penn
4 Bessemer
5 Superior Central

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

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 & Lake Lineen Hubbell

We also include the first ever 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.

Michigan Men’s Power Rankings
This Week Last Week School Points Division
1 (3) East Kentwood 62.5 1
2 (1) East Lansing 58.5 2
3 (7) Williamston 32 2
4 (6) Detroit Mumford 31 1
5 (2) Ann Arbor Pioneer 30 1
6T (5) Flint Carman-Ainsworth 25 1
6T (8) Livonia Stevenson 25 1
8 (NR) Ovid Elsie 20 3
9T (NR) Dexter 18 2
9T (10) Lansing Everett 18 1
11T (9) Northville 16 1
11T (NR) Romulus 16 1
11T (4) Saline 16 1
14 (11) Midland Dow 15 1
15 (12) Allendale 13 3
16 (15) Portage Northern 11 1
17 (NR) Okemos 10.5 1
18T (17T) Belleville 10 1
18T (17T) Flint Southwestern 10 1
18T (19) Lansing Eastern 10 1
18T (20T) Lansing Sexton 10 1
18T (16) Otsego 10 2
18T (NR) Saranac 10 3
24T (NR) Fraser 9.5 1
24T (12T) Jackson 9.5 1

Michigan Women’s Power Rankings
This Week Last Week School Points Division
1 (1) Ann Arbor Pioneer 58 1
2 (2) Jackson 44 1
3 (3) Rockford 43.5 1
4 (5) Flint Southwestern 35 1
5 (8) East Kentwood 33.5 1
6 (6T) Grand Haven 32 1
7 (4) Detroit Mumford 27 1
8 (10) Romulus 26 1
9 (11) East Lansing 20 2
10 (6T) Waterford Mott 19 1
11 (15) Flint Carman-Ainsworth 15.5 1
12 (25) Saline 15 1
13 (22T) Grand Blanc 14 1
14 (NR) Rochester Adams 13.5 1
15 (9) Ypsilanti 12.5 2
16 (NR) Zeeland East 11 2
17 (NR) Saginaw 10.5 1
18T (16T) Detroit Cody 10 1
18T (16T) Dexter 10 2
20T (14) Southfield Lathrup 9 1
20T (13) Woodhaven 9 1
22T (NR) Detroit Renaissance 8 2
22T (16T) Frankenmuth 8 3
22T (NR) Lansing Everett 8 1
22T (NR) Ortonville Brandon 8 2
22T (NR) Richland Gull Lake 8 2
22T (16T) Standish Sterling 8 3
22T (NR) West Bloomfield 8 1

Week 2 of MichiganTrackandField.com’s Power Rankings showed a little shake-up in the men’s top five with East Kentwood taking over the number one position. Last week’s number one dropped to second and Ann Arbor Pioneer dropped to fifth. Williamson slides into fourth, while helping show the strength of division 2 schools. There are six new teams entering the rankings this week, with Ovid Elsie making the highest leap at the eighth spot. This was much in part to Maverick Darling’s stellar week as he broke the 9:00 minute barrier in Williamston on May 10, 2008.

The women’s side was much more stable at the top. Ann Arbor Pioneer maintained is hold on the top. Saline’s girls made the biggest leap within the rankings, moving from twenty-fifth to twelfth this week. Rochester Adams is the highest ranked new team to the rankings at fourteenth.

With regionals coming up this week, we expect there to be many great performances and some more movement in the power rankings.

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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