PORTAGE, Mich., May 7, 2009 — Attached is the fourth 2009 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 a panel of 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 30, 2009.

MichiganTrackandField.com Prep Ranking
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of May 4, 2009

MichiganTrackandField.com Lower Peninsula Prep Rankings
Division 1 LP Boys:
1 East Kentwood
2 Ann Arbor-Pioneer
3 Portage Northern
4 Detroit-Mumford
5 Lansing-Eastern
6 Pinckney
7 Rochester-Adams
8 Detroit-Cass Technical
9 Romulus
10 Novi-Detroit Catholic Central
HM Midland-HH Dow

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

Division 2 LP Boys:
1 East Lansing
2 Williamston
3 Zeeland West
4 Sparta
5 Ypsilanti
6 Otsego
7 Hamilton
8 Eaton Rapids
9 Fenton
10 Lansing-JW Sexton
HM Linden

Division 2 LP Girls:
1 East Lansing
2 Detroit-Renaissance
3 Chelsea
4 Ypsilanti
5 Yale
6 Parma-Western
7 Croswell-Lexington
8 Holland Christian
9 Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Northern
10 Hudsonville-Unity Christian
HM Cheboygan Area

Division 3 LP Boys:
1 Albion
2 Allendale
3 Vermontville-Maple Valley
4 Grand Rapids-West Catholic
5 Grandville-Calvin Christian
6 Perry
7 Michigan Center
8 Montrose-Hill Mc Cloy
9 Hopkins
10 Reese
HM Wyoming-Godwin Heights
HM Kent City

Division 3 LP Girls:
1 Frankenmuth
2 Albion
3 Benzonia-Benzie Central
4 Grand Rapids West Catholic
5 Flint-Hamady
6 Schoolcraft
7 Monroe-St Mary Catholic Central
8 Stockbridge
9 Ann Arbor-Gabriel Richard
10 Leroy-Pine River Area

Division 4 LP Boys
1 Potterville
2 Pewamo-Westphalia
3 Sand Creek
4 Hillsdale Academy
5 White Pigeon
6 Harbor Springs
7 Manton
8 Auburn Hills-Oakland Christian
9 Hesperia Community
10 Webberville Community

Division 4 LP Girls:
1 Potterville
2 Pewamo-Westphalia
3 Traverse City-St Francis
4 Fowler
5 Reading
6 Harbor Beach Community
7 Athens
8 Rochester Hills-Lutheran Northwest
9 Southfield Christian
10 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy

MichiganTrackandField.com Upper Peninsula Prep Rankings:
Division 1 UP Boys
1 Gladstone
2 Escanaba
3 Marquette
4 Calumet
5 Houghton

Division 2 UP Boys
1 Munising
2 St. Ignace
3 Ironwood
4 Ishpeming
5 Norway

Division 3 UP Boys
1 Crystal Falls – Forest Park
2 Felch-No. Dickinson
3 Rapid River
4 Cedarville
5 Ontonagon

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

Division 2 UP Girls
1 St. Ignace
2 Munising
3 Norway
4 L’Anse
5 Ishpeming

Division 3 UP Girls
1 Brimley
2 Pickford
3 North Central
4 Rapid-River
5 Big Bay de Noc

For more information about the “MichiganTrackandField.com Prep Track and Field Ranking” contact Dan Wytko at phone 269.806.7001, Don Passenger at phone 616.821.3156, or at email: forum@michigancrosscountry.com.

2009 Divisional Track and Field Ranking Panel:
Mike Northhuis, Portage Central
Chinney McGee, Flint SWA
Dan Wytko, Portage Central
Dave Emeott, East Kentwood
Amy Coughlin, Waterford Mott
Mike Nesbitt, Bay City Western
Brian Salyers, Milford
Ben Watson, Rockford
Scott Banghart, Mattawan
Mike Holik, Chelsea
Dan Wytko, Portage Central
John Carlson, Belding
Asa Kelley, Benzie Central
Kyle McKown, Shepherd High School
Don Passenger, West Catholic
Tim Simpson, Lansing Catholic Central
Scott Werner, Pewamo-Westphalia Track
Grant Lofdahl, Allendale
Josh Powers, Adrian Madison
Scott Werner, Pewamo-Westphalia Track
Jeff Harding, Manton
Kyle McKown, Shepherd High School
John Osler, Ishpeming

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 a scoring member of the team that 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

Categories: Track Rankings

3 Responses so far.

  1. lions65 says:

    Once again, Hamilton is ranked out of the top five, and they did beat zeeland west at their conference meet. Hamilton also did beat Otsego at the Allegan Invitational. They are dominant in most events, except their distance could use improvement. They have Ptacek with 400(49.60), 200(22.3), Heerspink and Tyink both jumping over 21′. Their 300 hurdler is running 300 hurdles in 40 seconds and under. Their 4×4 ran a 3:26 at their conference meet as well. Their 800 relay is pulling 1:31’s, and their 400 relay is under 44 as well. There should be complaint about Zeeland West being so high ranking, or at least Hamilton should be changed. The only weakness is the 800 and throwing.

  2. Don says:

    I cannot say you are wrong, but you misunderstand how rankings are done.

    Being well rounded as a team has nothing to do with it. Being able to win a dual meet or even some invites has nothing to do with it. It is about how you will score at the MHSAA State Track meet. Basically how many people do you have on the team that will score in the top five at the state meet.

    If Hamilton has 3-5 of them who will go top five in a couple of events, then they are underrated.

  3. Don says:

    Too bad they didn’t listen to you Lion! You had it right all along. Wow were they good.

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