PORTAGE, Mich, October 14, 2008 — Attached is the week seven 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 final set of rankings for the Upper Peninsula as the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Finals are next Saturday. We will release two more sets of Lower Peninsula rankings.

MichiganCrossCountry.com Prep Ranking
(Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula)
Week of October 13, 2008

MichiganCrossCountry.com Lower Peninsula Prep Rankings
D1 LP Boys
1 Ann Arbor-Pioneer 100
2 Saginaw-Heritage 92
3 Auburn-Bay City Western 88
4 Rockford 78
5 Novi-Detroit Catholic Central 73
6 Pinckney 72
7 Saline 70
8 Lake Orion 64
9 Ann Arbor-Huron 60
10 Warren-De La Salle 18

D1 LP Girls
1 Traverse City Central 100
2 Rockford 95
3 Saline 88
4 Grand Haven 86
5 East Kentwood 78
6 Troy 72
7 Grandville 67
8 Brighton 63
9 Clarkston 56
10 Pinckney 32
HM Rochester-Adams 19
HM Novi 17

D2 LP Boys
1 Linden 100
2 Vicksburg 95
3 Ada-Forest Hills Eastern 90
4 Chelsea 84
5 Grand Rapids-Christian 76
6 Williamston 71
7 Ionia 70
8T Flint-Luke M Powers Catholic 49
8T Mattawan 49
10 St Johns 21
HM Otsego 18
HM Fremont 17

D2 LP Girls
1 Grand Rapids-Christian 99
2 East Grand Rapids 92 (corrected)
3 Williamston 90
4 Gaylord 82
5 Ada-Forest Hills Eastern 68 (corrected)
6 East Lansing 61
7 DeWitt 58
8 Fremont 57
9 Milan 43
10 Ionia 41
HM Marshall 21
HM Dexter 19

D3 LP Boys
1 Hillsdale 100
2 Shepherd 93
3 Bangor 90
4 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 83
5 Whitmore Lake 81
6 Grandville-Calvin Christian 74
7 Benzonia-Benzie Central 65
8 Jackson-Lumen Christi 56
9 Lansing-Catholic 47
10 Allendale 26
HM Freeland 21
HM Scottville-Mason County Central 20

D3 LP Girls
1 Benzonia-Benzie Central 98
2 Jackson-Lumen Christi 97
3 Leslie 88
4 Allendale 87
5 Schoolcraft 76
6 Kent City 74
7 Hanover-Horton 73
8 Grand Rapids-West Catholic 61
9 Elk Rapids 54
10 Macomb-Lutheran North 49
HM Lansing-Catholic 13

D4 Boys
1 Potterville 100
2 Harbor Springs 91
3 Concord 89
4 Saugatuck 89
5 Hesperia Community 79
6 Adrian-Lenawee Christian 74
7 Bridgman 61
8 Mt Pleasant-Sacred Heart Academy 57
9 Wolverine 48
10 Bear Lake (Onekama ) 38

D4 Girls
1 Hesperia Community 100
2 Grand Rapids-NorthPointe Christian 90
3 Manton 85
4 Harbor Springs 84
5 Fowler 73
6 Saugatuck 63
7 Traverse City-St Francis 56
8 Harbor Beach Community 54
9 Concord 41
10 Bear Lake (Onekama ) 39
HM Battle Creek-St Philip Catholic Central (Battle Creek- Calhoun Christian School) 24

MichiganCrossCountry.com Upper Peninsula Prep Rankings
FINAL UP RANKINGS – UP Finals are next Saturday

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

D1 UP Girls
1 Marquette
2 Gladstone
3T Menominee
3T Kingsford
5 Escanaba

D2 UP Boys
1 Munising
2 Rudyard
3 Stephenson
4 L’Anse
5 West Iron County – Ish.Westwood

D2 UP Girls
1 Munising
2 Stephenson
3 St. Ignace
4 Rudyard
5 Norway – Newberry

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

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

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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