PORTAGE, Mich, September 23, 2008 — Attached is the week three 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 31 high school coaches or officials who review all available meet results 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 November 1, 2008 at Michigan International Speedway in Brookyln, MI.

For the first time 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.

MichiganCrossCountry.com Prep Ranking
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of September 22, 2008

MichiganCrossCountry.com Lower Peninsula Prep Rankings
D1 LP Boys
1T Ann Arbor-Pioneer 96
1T Saginaw-Heritage 96
3 Lake Orion 84
4 Auburn-Bay City Western 79
5 Saline 77
6 Novi-Detroit Catholic Central 68
7 Rockford 53
8 Pinckney 47
9 Rochester-Adams 36
10T East Kentwood 19
10T Novi 19

D1 LP Girls
1 Saline 100
2 Rockford 88
3 Traverse City Central 86
4 Rochester-Adams 73
5 Grand Haven 71
6 Troy 64
7 Brighton 59
8 Clarkston 50
9 East Kentwood 43
10 Pinckney 32
HM Rochester Hills-Rochester 19
HM Ann Arbor-Huron 15
HM Grandville 13

D2 LP Boys
1 Linden 99
2 Ada-Forest Hills Eastern 92
3 Williamston 77
4 Vicksburg 73
5 Chelsea 72
6 Grand Rapids-Christian 54
7 Ionia 53
8 Flint-Luke M Powers Catholic 52
9 St Clair 31
10 Fremont 24
HM Mattawan 13

D2 LP Girls
1 Grand Rapids-Christian 97
2 East Grand Rapids 89
3 Williamston 79
4 Ada-Forest Hills Eastern 69
5 Gaylord 66
6 East Lansing 50
7 Milan 46
8 Sturgis 42
9 DeWitt 36
10 Flint-Luke M Powers Catholic 31
HM Dexter 28
HM Marshall 20

D3 LP Boys
1 Hillsdale 100
2 Shepherd 89
3 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 88
4 Bangor 74
5T Jackson-Lumen Christi 67
5T Grandville-Calvin Christian 67
7 Benzonia-Benzie Central 60
8 Lansing-Catholic 51
9 Whitmore Lake 44
10 Scottville-Mason County Central 27
HM Kent City 19

D3 LP Girls
1 Benzonia-Benzie Central 99
2 Jackson-Lumen Christi 93
3 Allendale 89
4 Schoolcraft 78
5 Leslie 76
6 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 68
7 Macomb-Lutheran North 54
8 Hanover-Horton 48
9 Portland 47
10 Kent City 31
HM Lansing-Catholic 21
HM Elk Rapids 16

D4 Boys
1 Potterville 98
2 Harbor Springs 95
3 Saugatuck 79
4 Concord 78
5 Adrian-Lenawee Christian 60
6 Hesperia Community 58
7 Grand Rapids-Covenant Christian 48
8 Fowler 46
9 Ann Arbor-Greenhills 39
10 Pewamo-Westphalia 22
HM Wolverine 21
HM Hillsdale Academy 18
HM Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy 14

D4 Girls
1 Harbor Springs 96
2 Hesperia Community 95
3 Grand Rapids-NorthPointe Christian 79
4 Fowler 77
5T Harbor Beach Community 68
5T Manton 68
7 Traverse City-St Francis 58
8 Pewamo-Westphalia 41
9 Bear Lake (Onekama ) 28
10T Ann Arbor-Greenhills 19
10T Royal Oak-Shrine Catholic 19
HM Battle Creek-St Philip Catholic Central (Battle Creek- Calhoun Christian School) 16
HM Onaway Area 12

MichiganCrossCountry.com Upper Peninsula Prep Rankings

D1 UP Boys
1 Marquette
2 Gladstone
3 Soo
4 Houghton
5 Neguanee

D1 UP Girls
1 Marquette
2 Gladstone
3 Menominee
4 Soo
5 Houghton

D2 UP Boys
1 Munising
2 Stephenson
3 L’Anse
4 West Iron County
5 Norway

D2 UP Girls
1 Munising
2 Stephenson
3 Norway
4 Ish. Westwood
5 L’Anse

D3 UP Boys
1 Rapid River
2 Superior Central
3 Powers – North Central
4 Chassell
5 Jeffers

D3 UP Girls
1 Powers – North Central
2 Superior Central
3 Jeffers
4 Chassell
5 Rapid River

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 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 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 September 22, 2008:
Ray Antel – East Kentwood
Scott Banghart – Mattawan
John Carlson – Belding
Amy Coughlin – Waterford Mott
Jill Evers – Kent City
Rudy Godefroidt – Hemlock
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
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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