PORTAGE, Mich, October 21, 2008 — Attached is the week eight MichiganCrossCountry.com Prep Ranking. This is the only ranking of both boy’s and girl’s prep cross country teams that covers both the Lower and Upper Peninsula for all schools by division. The rankings are released weekly during the high school season.

The MichiganCrossCountry.com Prep Ranking is compiled for each high school division by a vote of 33 high school coaches or officials who review all available meet results in an effort to provide the most accurate ranking possible. A complete list of our panelists is at the end of this release.

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

* the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Finals scheduled for November 1, 2008 at Michigan International Speedway in Brookyln, MI

– or –

* the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Finals scheduled for Saturday, October 18th, 2008 at Sault Area High School, Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

We include numerical scores reflecting the relative strength of teams in the opinion of the rankers. One hundred points signals a unanimous decision by all rankers that a particular team is number one.

This is the penultimate Lower Peninsula ranking. We will release a final set of Lower Peninsula rankings next Tuesday that should reflect regional results.

MichiganCrossCountry.com Prep Ranking
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of October 20, 2008

MichiganCrossCountry.com Lower Peninsula Prep Rankings
D1 LP Boys

1 Ann Arbor-Pioneer 100
2 Saginaw-Heritage 93
3 Auburn-Bay City Western 87
4 Novi-Detroit Catholic Central 86
5 Rockford 79
6 Lake Orion 77
7 Pinckney 72
8 Saline 62
9 Ann Arbor-Huron 60
10 Warren-De La Salle 33
HM Canton-Plymouth 26

D1 LP Girls
1 Traverse City Central 100
2T Rockford 91
2T Grand Haven 91
4 Saline 83
5 East Kentwood 81
6 Troy 75
7T Brighton 64
7T Clarkston 64
9 Grandville 53
10T Pinckney 12
10T Rochester Adams 12

D2 LP Boys
1 Linden 100
2 Vicksburg 95
3 Ada-Forest Hills Eastern 90
4 Chelsea 82
5 Grand Rapids-Christian 72
6 Williamston 68
7 Ionia 67
8 Otsego 59
9 Flint-Luke M Powers Catholic 46
10 Mattawan 31
HM St Johns 20

D2 LP Girls
1 Grand Rapids-Christian 99
2 East Grand Rapids 96
3 Williamston 90
4 Ada-Forest Hills Eastern 83
5 Gaylord 80
6 East Lansing 61
7 DeWitt 58
8 Fremont 56
9T Milan 32
9T Petoskey 32
HM Ionia 37
HM Marshall 25

D3 LP Boys
1 Hillsdale 100
2 Shepherd 93
3 Bangor 90
4 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 83
5 Whitmore Lake 80
6 Benzonia-Benzie Central 74
7 Grandville-Calvin Christian 73
8 Jackson-Lumen Christi 63
9 Lansing-Catholic 51
10 Allendale 28
HM Freeland 20

D3 LP Girls
1 Benzonia-Benzie Central 98
2 Jackson-Lumen Christi 97
3 Leslie 88
4 Allendale 87
5 Kent City 77
6 Schoolcraft 73
7 Hanover-Horton 72
8 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 63
9 Elk Rapids 58
10 Macomb-Lutheran North 35
HM Ithaca 19

D4 Boys
1 Potterville 99
2 Harbor Springs 91
3 Saugatuck 89
4 Concord 87
5 Adrian-Lenawee Christian 77
6 Hesperia Community 67
7 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy 56
8 Wolverine 40
9 Bear Lake (Onekama ) 33
10 Bridgman 29
HM Saranac 26
HM Grand Rapids-Covenant Christian 19
HM Fowler 19
HM Traverse City-St Francis 18
HM Ann Arbor-Greenhills 16

D4 Girls
1 Hesperia Community 100
2 Harbor Springs 93
3 Grand Rapids-NorthPointe Christian 90
4 Manton 84
5 Fowler 81
6 Saugatuck 71
7 Harbor Beach Community 56
8 Traverse City-St Francis 49
9 Concord 47
10 Bear Lake (Onekama ) 43
HM Battle Creek-St Philip Catholic Central (Battle Creek- Calhoun Christian School) 40

MichiganCrossCountry.com Upper Peninsula Prep Rankings
NO UP RANKINGS – UP Finals were last Saturday
Results are available here:
http://www.mhsaa.com/sports/bxc/2008upfinal.html

We have calculated an imaginary Dream Race based on the Upper Peninsula Cross Country Finals that combines all three divisions by gender into one race.

The top twenty five UP Boys Teams based on the Dream Race Combined Scoring Format are:
01.Munising 53 004+008+012+014+015=53
02.Marquette 57 001+006+010+016+024=57
03.Gladstone 165 016+031+035+037+046=165
04.L’Anse 208 020+020+022+046+100=208
04.Rudyard 208 023+030+042+055+058=208
06.Ironwood 245 003+009+040+059+134=245
07.Houghton 247 004+051+059+064+069=247
08.Escanaba 288 037+046+055+071+079=288
09.Sault Ste Marie 308 029+045+075+078+081=308
10.Stephenson 334 036+053+054+075+116=334
11.Superior Central 354 037+050+067+096+104=354
12.Westwood 366 032+062+084+090+098=366
13.Negaunee 414 027+051+073+120+143=414
14.West Iron County 423 013+028+063+147+172=423
15.Chassell 442 040+079+084+117+122=442
16.Painesdale-Jeffers 443 002+072+075+135+159=443
17.Kingsford 452 059+093+097+100+103=452
18.Gwinn 462 011+086+117+124+124=462
19.Newberry 474 007+069+119+130+149=474
20.Detour 529 025+042+113+174+175=529
21.Calumet 532 064+088+095+124+161=532
22.Hancock 533 042+046+105+149+191=533
23.Cedarville 581 094+100+121+122+144=581
24.Menominee 639 068+129+136+152+154=639
25.Norway 665 108+115+131+146+165=665

Data to support these calculations may be found here:
http://michigancrosscountry.com/michigan_track_cross_country_forum/showthread.php?tid=512


The top twenty five UP Girls Teams based on the Dream Race Combined Scoring Format are:

01.Marquette 112 006+013+021+032+040=112
02.Houghton 132 011+026+027+030+038=132
03.Gladstone 134 004+012+024+042+052=134
04.Ironwood 163 018+022+029+044+050=163
05.Calumet 169 009+017+020+052+071=169
06.L’Anse 176 024+028+034+041+049=176
07.Kingsford 204 003+010+023+083+085=204
08.Menominee 229 016+019+046+066+082=229
09.Munising 237 001+031+055+058+092=237
10.North Central 245 005+042+054+065+079=245
11.Sault Ste Marie 310 038+050+057+081+084=310
12.Rapid River 362 002+063+078+106+113=362
13.Negaunee 375 047+062+063+085+118=375
14.Painesdale-Jeffers 391 067+067+071+088+098=391
15.Chassell 408 015+076+095+097+125=408
16.Escanaba 419 045+074+079+109+112=419
17.West Iron County 422 007+058+104+126+127=422
18.Newberry 433 032+076+090+091+144=433
19.Stephenson 461 034+055+108+121+143=461
20.Cedarville 465 058+070+092+110+135=465
21.Westwood 500 008+034+137+159+162=500
22.St. Ignace 511 014+101+129+133+134=511
23.Norway 532 034+102+115+136+145=532
24.Rudyard 581 074+096+132+139+140=581
25.Hancock 695 099+123+150+157+166=695

Data to support these calculations may be found here:
http://michigancrosscountry.com/michigan_track_cross_country_forum/showthread.php?tid=511

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.

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 MHSAA Lower Peninsula 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 Lower Peninsula 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 Hall of Fame 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 four the past three years in the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) Team State Track Championships (2nd 2006, 3rd 2007, 1st 2008). Passenger helps organize the Cougar Falcon Cross Country Invitational.

Ranking Panel as of October 5, 2008:
Ray Antel East Kentwood
Scott Banghart Mattawan
John Carlson Belding
Amy Coughlin Waterford Mott
Jill Evers Kent City
Rudy Godefroidt Hemlock
Jeff Harding Manton
Mike Holik Chelsea
Doug Jager Grand Rapids Christian
Robert Jazwinski Dexter
David Jordan Concord
Mike Jurasek Albion
Asa Kelley Benzie Central
Emily Kloss Harbor Springs
Mike Kloss Harbor Springs
Grant Lofdahl Allendale
Steve Long Otsego
Brian Maloney Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central
Kyle McKown Shepherd High School
Gary Meehan Brighton
Mike Nesbitt Bay City Western
Mike Northhuis Portage Central
John Osler Ishpeming
Don Passenger West Catholic
Brian Salyers Milford
Joe Shay Central Lake
Tim Simpson Lansing Catholic Central
Mark Smith Suttons Bay
Cliff Somers Fremont
Ben Watson Rockford
Scott Werner Pewamo-Westphalia Track
Dan Wytko Portage Central
Matthew Yacoub Southfield Christian

On the web: http://michigancrosscountry.com

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