PORTAGE, Mich, September 20, 2011 – Attached is the week one MichiganCrossCountry.com Prep Ranking. Our rankings were the first to cover both boy’s and girl’s prep cross country teams for both the Lower and Upper Peninsula for all schools by division. The rankings are released weekly during the high school season.

This weeks rankings sponsored by GRCLPublications – home of the brand new history of Grand Rapids Track and Field.
Grand Rapids City League Publications

The criteria utilized for ranking by the panel is projected finish at either:

* the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Finals scheduled for November 5, 2011 at Michigan International Speedway in Brookyln, MI

– or –

* the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Finals scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Munising, MI.

Week of September 20, 2011
MichiganCrossCountry.com Prep Ranking
(Lower Peninsula)

MichiganCrossCountry.com Lower Peninsula Prep Rankings
D1 LP Girls School
1 Saline
2 Grand Haven
3 Grosse Pointe South
4 Northville
5 Birmingham-Seaholm
6 Hudsonville
7 Brighton
8 Traverse City Central
9 Rockford
10 Rochester-Adams
HM Dexter
HM Grandville
HM Livonia-Churchill

D1 LP Boys School
1 Hartland
2 Saline
3 Saginaw-Heritage
4 Brighton
5 Waterford Mott
6 Pinckney
7 Highland-Milford
8 Dexter
9 Rockford
10 White Lake-Lakeland
HM Temperance-Bedford

D2 LP Girls School
1 East Grand Rapids
2 Dearborn-Divine Child
3 Cedar Springs
4 DeWitt
5 Spring Lake
6 Grand Rapids-South Christian
7 East Lansing
8 Ada-Forest Hills Eastern
9 Grand Rapids-Christian
10 Hamilton

D2 LP Boys School
1 Mason
2 Ionia
3 Haslett
4 Grand Rapids-Christian
5 Cedar Springs
6 St Joseph
7 Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Northern
8 Otsego
9 Dearborn-Divine Child
10 St Clair

D3 LP Girls School
1 Benzonia-Benzie Central
2 Hanover-Horton
3 Jackson-Lumen Christi
4 Flint-Luke M Powers Catholic
5 Charlevoix
6 Caro
7 Bath
8 Kent City
9 Grandville-Calvin Christian
10 Harbor Springs

D3 LP Boys School
1 Grandville-Calvin Christian
2 Lansing-Catholic Central
3 Benzonia-Benzie Central
4 Hemlock
5 Clare
6 Hillsdale
7 Chesaning
8 Shepherd
9 Ithaca
10 Stockbridge
HM Napoleon
HM Pewamo-Westphalia

D4 LP Girls School
1 Hesperia Community
2 North Muskegon
3 Traverse City-Grand Traverse Academy*
4 Concord
5 Homer
6 Traverse City-St Francis
7 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy
8 Royal Oak-Shrine Catholic
9 Breckenridge
10 Saugatuck
HM Johannesburg-Lewiston

D4 LP Boys School
1 Concord
2 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy
3 Evart
4 Breckenridge
5 Kalamazoo-Hackett Catholic Central
6 North Muskegon
7 Hesperia Community
8 Traverse City-Grand Traverse Academy*
9 Saugatuck
10 Potterville
HM Albion
HM Holland-Black River

MichiganCrossCountry.com Upper Peninsula Prep Rankings (only Division 1 and 2 Ranked this week):
D1 UP Girls School
1T Marquette
1T Calumet
3 Menominee
4 Escanaba
5 Houghton
HM Sault

D1 UP Boys School
1 Escanaba
2 Houghton
3 Kingsford
4 Menominee
5 Negaunee
HM Calumet
HM Sault

D2 UP Girls School
1 L’Anse
2 Rudyard
3 Newberry
4 Hancock
5 Hancock

D2 UP Boys School
1 Stephenson
2 St Ignace-La Salle
3 Rudyard
4 Norway
5 L’Anse

D3 UP – no rankings this week

Now in our fifth season, MichiganCrossCountry.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 cross country and track and field issues.

Featured Meet This Week: The Cougar Falcon at the Eagles Nest. Rapidly gaining ground among ranked schools, this meet will feature a number of top ranked teams running in one race, but scored in three divisions. The meet will be at Gainey Athletic Field on Saturday.

Other significant meets this week:
* Delta Invite, Bay City
* Jackson Invite, Ella Sharp Park
* Bangor, Bangor
* Linden Classic
* Jefferson Invite, Monroe
* Detroit Catholic Central Invite, Northville

Dan Wytko has coached track & field and cross country at Portage Central High School since 1994. Don Passenger has been involved in Michigan track and field since the mid-1970s when he competed at Caledonia High School and from 2003 to present Passenger has coached at Grand Rapids West Catholic where he is currently the director of cross country.

The MichiganCrossCountry.com Prep Ranking is compiled for each high school division by a vote of a panel of high school coaches, officials, and others knowledgeable about our sport who review all available meet results in an effort to provide the most accurate ranking possible. A complete list of our panelists is below and knowledgeable coaches or officials willing to provide rankings weekly are invited to email us and join our panel. Rankers only vote in the division where they have the most experience.

2011 Ranking Panel:
Ray Antel, East Kentwood; Steven Aspinall, Salem; Scott Banghart, Mattawan; Rick Bauer, Saugatuck; John Carlson, Belding; Amy Coughlin, Waterford Mott; Fran DesArmo, Munising; Dutton, Napoleon; Rudy Godefroidt, Hemlock (retired); Takashi Gould, Dexter; Mike Holik, Chelsea; Nick Hosler, Portage Central; Royce Humm, Breckenridge; Fred Hutchinson, Grand Ledge; Joan Ludtke, White Cloud (retired); David Jordon, Concord; Mike Jurasek, Albion; Jeff Kauffman, Montabella; Asa Kelly, Benzie Central; Gary Loubert, Saginaw Heritage; Daniel McElheny, Grand Rapids Christian; Kyle McKown, Clare; Mike Nesbitt, Bay City Western; Michael Northuis, Portage Central; Don Passenger, West Catholic; Matt Richardson, Troy; Jason Robinson, Freeland; Brian Salyers, Milford; Tim Simpson, Lansing Catholic; Cliff Somers, Fremont; Tony Voisin, Mount Pleasant; Ben Watson, Rockford; Dan Wytko, Portage Central; Jim Martin, Sault Area.

On the web: http://michigancrosscountry.com

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