PORTAGE, Mich., May 26, 2009 — Attached is the sixth and final 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.

Good luck to all teams and individuals headed to the Upper and Lower Peninsula Finals this weekend.

MichiganTrackandField.com Prep Ranking
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of May 25, 2009

MichiganTrackandField.com Lower Peninsula Prep Rankings
Division 1 LP Boys:
1 Ann Arbor Pioneer 97
2 East Kentwood 96
3 Portage Northern 82
4 Rochester Adams 73
5 Novi-Detroit Catholic Central 64
6 Saline 63
7 Flint Carman-Ainsworth 52
8 Holly 46
9 Lansing-Eastern 43
10 Midland-HH Dow 35
HM Detroit-Cass Technical 34
HM Pinckney 28
HM Grandville 24

Division 1 LP Girls:
1 Ann Arbor Pioneer 94
2 Detroit Mumford 84
3 Romulus 83
4 Waterford Mott 80
5 Grandville 75
6 Flint Southwestern Academy 69
7 East Kentwood 51
8 Rochester Hills-Rochester 50
9 Rockford 42
10 Ypsilanti Lincoln 40
HM Grand Haven 31
HM Lathrup Village-Southfield-Lathrup 27
HM Saline 25
HM Grand Blanc 24

Division 2 LP Boys:
1 Williamston 90
2 Zeeland West 88
3 Hamilton 82
4 Ypsilanti 77
5T Otsego 75
5T East Lansing 75
7 Sparta 71
8 Fenton 39
9T Vicksburg 38
9T Eaton Rapids 38
HM Haslett 30
HM Mattawan 24

Division 2 LP Girls:
1 East Lansing 100
2 Chelsea 91
3 Detroit-Renaissance 90
4 Ypsilanti 64
5 Yale 59
6 Parma-Western 53
7 East Grand Rapids 46
8 Lansing-JW Sexton 44
9 Ada-Forest Hills Eastern 35
10 Middleville-Thornapple Kellogg 31
HM Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Northern 30
HM Croswell-Lexington 28

Division 3 LP Boys:
1T Albion 90
1T Vermontville-Maple Valley 88
3 Allendale 85
4 Michigan Center 75
5 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 60
6 Kent City 60
7T Hopkins 54
7T Clare 38
9 Harrison Community 33
10 Perry 27
HM Stanton-Central Montcalm 21

Division 3 LP Girls:
1 Frankenmuth 94
2 Albion 85
3 Schoolcraft 75
4 Benzonia-Benzie Central 69
5T Grand Rapids-West Catholic 63
5T Stockbridge 63
7 Jackson-Lumen Christi 42
8 Leroy-Pine River Area 38
9 Shelby 35
10 Ann Arbor-Gabriel Richard 27
HM Bronson 25
HM Allendale 25

Division 4 LP Boys
1 Potterville 100
2T Pewamo-Westphalia 90
2T Sand Creek 90
4 Whittemore-Prescott 70
5 White Pigeon 70
6 Concord 63
7 Harbor Springs 60
8 Manton 33
9 Muskegon Catholic Central 30
10 Saranac 27
HM Eau Claire 23
HM Hillsdale Academy 23

Division 4 LP Girls:
1T Pewamo-Westphalia 97
1T Potterville 97
3 Fowler 87
4 Harbor Beach Community 77
5 Reading 67
6 Athens 50
7 Saranac 40
8 Morrice 37
9 Traverse City-St Francis 33
10 Harbor Springs 30
10T Unionville Sebewaing 30
HM Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy 23
HM Manton 20
HM Southfield Christian 20

MichiganTrackandField.com Upper Peninsula Prep Rankings:
Upper Peninsula Boys
Division 1 UP Boys
1 Gladstone
2 Marquette
3 Iron Mountain.
4T Calumet
4T Kingsford
4T Negaunee

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

Division 3 UP Boys
1 Crystal Falls – Forest Park
2 Rapid River
3 Cedarville
4 Felch-North Dickinson
5 North Central

Upper Peninsula Girls
Division 1 UP Girls
1 Marquette
2T Negaunee
2T Iron Mountain
2T Calumet
5 Kingsford

Division 2 UP Girls
1T Ishpeming Westwood
1t St. Ignace
3 Munising
4T Norway
4t W.I.C.

Division 3 UP Girls
1 Brimley
2T Crystal Falls – Forest Park
2T Felch-North Dickinson
4 Ontanogon
5 North Central

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:

    Yea, I guess Hamilton beating Zeeland West for the 5th time was a charm, and winning a state title on top of it.

  2. Don says:

    funny I was responding to your week four post at the same time you were posting this. You nailed it … too bad they didn’t listen to you. Very impressive team.

  3. trackdad says:

    D1 Boys;

    I understand Pioneer situation – lost a top athlete, however, still would not have not matched EK. But what happened to Saline? Does anyone have the story?

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