PORTAGE, Mich., May 12, 2009 — Attached is the fifth 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.

This week as teams have completed many of their conference meets and all LP teams head to their regional meet on either Friday or Saturday, the ratings should heat up. We for the first time this season include the relative strength rating to the right of each ranked school. This indicator shows the rankers belief as to the relative strength of a program compared to the team above or below them.

MichiganTrackandField.com Prep Ranking
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of May 11, 2009

MichiganTrackandField.com Lower Peninsula Prep Rankings
Division 1 LP Boys:
1 East Kentwood 97
2T Ann Arbor-Pioneer 90
2T Portage Northern 90
4 Detroit-Mumford 84
5 Lansing-Eastern 76
6 Detroit-Cass Technical 74
7 Pinckney 58
8 Novi-Detroit Catholic Central 56
9 Rochester-Adams 51
10 Romulus 37
HM Midland-HH Dow 26

Division 1 LP Girls:
1 Ann Arbor-Pioneer 100
2 Detroit-Mumford 94
3 Flint Southwestern Academy 86
4 Grand Haven 81
5 Rockford 78
6 Rochester Hills-Rochester 73
7 Waterford Mott 60
8 Lathrup Village-Southfield-Lathrup 55
9 East Kentwood 28
10 Saline 26
HM Grand Blanc 24
HM Troy 22

Division 2 LP Boys:
1 East Lansing 100
2 Williamston 96
3 Ypsilanti 86
4 Sparta 85
5 Zeeland West 81
6 Otsego 76
7 Hamilton 71
8 Eaton Rapids 62
9 Fenton 53
10 Linden 27
HM Lansing-JW Sexton 26

Division 2 LP Girls:
1 East Lansing 100
2 Detroit-Renaissance 96
3 Ypsilanti 88
4 Yale 85
5 Chelsea 78
6 Parma-Western 68
7 Croswell-Lexington 62
8 Holland Christian 52
9 Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Northern 48
10 Cheboygan Area 37
HM Hudsonville-Unity Christian 33

Division 3 LP Boys:
1T Allendale 97
1T Albion 97
3 Vermontville-Maple Valley 87
4 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 80
5 Grandville-Calvin Christian 65
6 Hopkins 63
7T Montrose-Hill Mc Cloy 55
7T Michigan Center 55
9 Perry 48
10 Kent City 33
HM Reese 20

Division 3 LP Girls:
1 Frankenmuth 97
2 Albion 95
3 Benzonia Benzie Central 87
4 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 77
5 Schoolcraft 67
6 Ann Arbor-Gabriel Richard 63
7 Flint-Hamady 62
8 Monroe-St Mary Catholic Central 50
9 Stockbridge 33
10 Leroy-Pine River Area 27

Division 4 LP Boys
1 Potterville 100
2 Sand Creek 93
3 Harbor Springs 87
4 Hillsdale Academy 80
5 Pewamo-Westphalia 73
6 White Pigeon 67
7 Manton 60
8 Auburn Hills-Oakland Christian 53
9 Hesperia Community 47
10 Webberville Community 40

Division 4 LP Girls:
1T Traverse City-St Francis 93
1T Pewamo-Westphalia 93
3 Potterville 87
4 Fowler 83
5 Reading 77
6 Harbor Beach Community 67
7 Athens 60
8 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy 47
9 Harbor Springs 27
10T Southfield Christian 23
10T Mt Pleasant-Beal City 23
HM Manton 20

MichiganTrackandField.com Upper Peninsula Prep Rankings:
Upper Peninsula Boys
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 Rapid River
3 Felch-No. Dickinson
4 Cedarville
5 Pickford

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

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

Division 3 UP Girls
1 Brimley
2 CFFP
3 Felch-No.Dickinson
4 Rapid-River
5T Superior Central
5T Bark River – Harris

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

2 Responses so far.

  1. trackdad says:

    OK, Trackdad’s rankings for Div 1 LP:
    “1 man is not a team…”

    1) East Kentwood
    2) Pioneer
    3) Rochester Adams
    4) Detroit Catholic Central
    5) Portage Northern
    6) Holly
    7) F-C-A
    8) Southfield
    9) Saline
    10) Mumford
    Bubbles:
    B-Woodhaven, Troy, Romeo, W. Bloomfield, Lansing Eastern, Temp-Bedford

    Good luck to all!
    Let’s hope for good weather for these athletes and their fans – they deserve a break.

  2. Don says:

    No but the right man can go a long way at an MHSAA Championship … you’ll have to agree.

    By the way if you want to see the real team championship … be at Gobles, Jenison or Kent City on Saturday. That is where one or two cannot make it happen, it’s all about team :-)

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