Key–S-sprints (100-200-400), MD-middle distance (400-800-1600), D-distance (1600-3200), H-hurdles, R-relays, LJ-long jump, HJ-high jump, J-jumps (high and long), PV-pole vault, SP-shot put, DS-discus, T-throws (shot put and discus)
CAPITAL AREA ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE (CAAC) BLUE
Coaches’ predictions: t-1. East Lansing, t-1. Okemos, t-1. Grand Ledge, 4. Holt, 5. Jackson, 6. Sexton, 7. Everett, 8. Eastern
Top athletes: Hailey French (GL), Jenna Magness (GL), Elizabeth Jones (EL), Sophia Franklin (Okemos)
Last year: 2nd
Coach: Bob Brown (35th season), Charles Pollard (38th season)
Top returning athletes: Elizabeth Jones (sr.-S/R), Claire Fossum (sr.-PV), Re’Anna Blair (jr.-S/R), Chino Ekwueme (jr.-S/R), Brianna Wells (jr.-S/R), Anna Pendred (so.-SP/DS), Shariyah Lewis (so.-SP/DS)
Other contributers: Taylor Mansen (so.-S/R), Aazh Nye (fr.-H/R), Madison Green (fr.-D)
Outlook: Trojan coaches call this season a “rebuilding year,” however, they have accomplished runners on their roster. Jones was the CAAC Blue 200-meter dash champion last year, and Ekwuem was the league’s 100-meter dash champ. Freshmen Nye and Green will be expected to contribute.
Last year: 8th
Coach: Marcelle Carruthers (9th season)
Top returning athletes: Nakia Drane (jr.-SP/DS), Brianna Billsen (jr-H), Takiya Crawford (sr.-H/R), Shania Farguhar (jr.-R), Ciara Wilheart (so.-R), Lashay Hursey (so.-R), Charm Perkins (R/S)
Other contributers: Charnel Gloss (jr.-MD), Ariel Fleming (jr.-MD), Candace Wilson (fr.-S)
Outlook: The Vikings have only two seniors this season, and are hoping to improve from their eighth-place finish in the CAAC Blue last year.
Last year: 3rd
Coach: Fred Hutchinson (8th season)
Top returning athletes: Hailey French (sr.-J/S), Brooke Rambo (so.-LJ/S), Morgan Arnouts (so.-MD), Olivia Conway (sr.-D), Jenna Magness (so.-D), Nicole Novak (jr.-S)
Other contributors: Kelsey Heatherington (fr.-S/LJ), Janet Kolk (sr.-S), Carolyn Morgan (fr.-HJ/S), Patricia Root (so.-MD)
Outlook: The Comets return French who was Division 1 all-state last season. Hutchinson believes East Lansing will be the team to beat in the conference, but think his team “could surprise” if they stay healthy.
Last year: 4th
Coach: Pam Stafford (10th season)
Top returning athletes: Zeynoire Anderson (sr.-S/LJ), Mariah Borrego (sr.-MD), Abbey Houser (jr.-D), Leanna Wehrle (jr.-D), Nadia Gonzalez (so.-T)
Other contributors: Allyiah Demmers (fr.-S), Deja Jack (fr.-S)
Outlook: The Rams hope to improve from their 4-3 league record last season. Stafford says her team is “athletic” and they “push each other every day.” Anderson and Borrego look to lead Holt this season.
Last year: 1st
Coach: Brian Harrod (7th season)
Top returning athletes: Maya Aronoff (sr. D), Amanda Delekta (sr. D), Sarah Kim (sr. H/HJ), Sophia Franklin (so. H/PV), Miah Nash (jr. T), Kori Scott (jr. S), Kendall Bubolz (so. D), Amaris Allen (jr. T), Hunter Usiak (sr. D)
Other contributors: Ally Burba (fr. D), Rachel Cohn (fr. S), Kennedi Scott (fr. S), Melina Stone (fr. D), Sage VanAlstine (fr. H), Inga VanWieren (fr. D)
Outlook: The Chiefs usher in a bunch of newcomers to help the upperclassmen maintain the top spot in the conference.
Top returning athlete: Erin Howard (jr. T), Nieya Brown (H), Alexis Washington (S), Lori Lewis )SP)
Outlook: Howard was an all-area selection in the discus and shot put and is expected to be one of the top performers for the Big Reds.
Coaches’ predictions: 1. DeWitt, 2. Mason, 3. St. Johns, 4. Haslett, 5. Waverly, 6. Owosso
Last year: 2nd
Coach: Kelly Williams (8th season)
Top returning athletes: Madison Slater (sr. MD/R), Jordan Lee (sr. MD/R), Amber Koenigsknecht (sr. R/H), Shelby Waterson (sr. R/D), Elizabeth Zunker (jr. LJ/R/S), Jennalyn Jubeck (jr. HJ/H)
Other contributors: Carlie McCleary (sr. HJ/J), Genevieve Samson (jr. T/H)
Outlook: The Panthers return three all-state members in Slater, Lee and Waterson. Them along with Koenigsknecht and Zunker will make DeWitt strong in relay events. Williams said DeWitt added young talent to go with its experience, and she expects her seniors to step up and lead.
Last year: 4th
Coach: Kevin Tobe (5th season)
Top returning athletes: Kikel Sekoni (sr. S/PV), Marissa Bradley (sr. D), Shannon Twichell (jr. SP/DS), Haley Estrada (sr. MD), Mariah Otlewski (sr. S), Cara Clarizio (jr. H/PV)
Other contributors: Amanda Young (so. D), Lidia Clarizio (fr. D), Sophie Hall (fr. S/LJ), Jackie Duckett (fr. HJ)
Outlook: The Vikings have add an abundance of young talent and Tobe believes that will allow them to be more competitive.
Last year: 1st (6-0)
Coach: Dave Jones (20th season)
Top returning athletes: Jalysa Bard (sr.-S/H), Morgan Daily (so.-H), Meg Darmofal (sr.-D), Zoe Glass (jr.-s), Rachel Johnson (sr.-T), Abby Johnstone (sr.-PV), Callie Jones (so.-D), Dani Jones (jr.-S/J), Hannah Keller (so.-PV/S), Anna Most (sr.-S/LJ/H), Caitlin Niswonger (jr.-T), Erica Schaeffer (so.-J), Leaha Sinnaeye (sr.-D), Sammi Strickland (sr.-PV/S), Olivia Tarry (sr.-S)
Other contributors: Emily Jones (fr.-H/LJ), Allena Mulville (jr.-D), Claudia Vondra (fr.-D).
Outlook: The Bulldogs expect to be strong in the field events and have a lot of senior leadership returning. Coach Jones exepcts Mason to be strong in dual meets and believes it could score high at the league and regional meets if Darmofal remains healthy.
Last year: 3rd
Coach: Andrew Biedenbender (1st season)
Top returning athletes: Dillon McClintock (sr. MD/D), Kiarra Harris (so. MD/D), Mary Basso (jr. PV), Erin Konopacke (jr. MD/H), Catie Gilbert (sr. S/MD), Jasmine Haynes (jr. LJ/HJ), Lilly Ebarra (sr. S/MD/D)
Other contributors: Anna Schultabers (sr. MD/H/D), Katie Owens (fr. D/MD), Leah Croghan (sr. S/D), Amanda Vanhuylenbrouck (jr. T)
Outlook: With experience returning in the middle distance and relay events, Biedenbender believes his team will be very competitive in the conference this season. The Trojans return all-state member McClintock, who holds two school records.
Top returning athletes: Karrigan Smith (sr.), Emily Wohlfert (jr.), Jen Eaton (jr.), Lyndsay Pung (sr.)
Other contributors: Pauline Carbonnelle, Madison Maloney
Outlook: Smith, who will run at Michigan State next year, is a returning Dream Team selection and should again be one of the Redwings’ top performers.
Coach: Rex Wilkes Jr. (1st season)
Top returning athlete: Teaghan Thomas (so.), Lanea Mays (sr.),
Other contributors: Aline de Jong (jr.-D), Maya Garrett (fr.-S/J), Tra’chele Roberts (fr.-S), Malin Smith (fr.-T), Jabrea Morris (fr.)
Outlook: The Warriors are coming off a runner-up finish at the Division 2 state meet last season but have a lot of youth contributing on this year’s team.
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Williamston, 2. Ionia, 3. Eaton Rapids, 4. Lansing Catholic, t-5. Portland, t-5. Fowlerville
Top athletes: Sarah Schultz (Williamston), Paige Dutcher (Williamston), Hailey McRoberts (Ionia), Mary Hecksel (Eaton Rapids),
Last year: 2nd
Coach: Bob Ribby (20th season)
Top returning athletes: Mary Hecksel (sr.-T), Emily McCostlin (jr.-MD), Liz Mumma (sr.-T), Myia Perkins (sr.-H), Erika Spagnuolo (sr.-S), Rebecca Lothrop (jr.-D), Mary Price (jr.-J), Amanda Borland (jr.-S), Jessica Johnson (sr.-T)
Other contributers: Carmella McManus (fr.-D), Sam Good (fr.-MD), Madison Mcdaniel (fr.-T), Audree Buell (fr.-H)
Outlook: Hecksel, who placed second in discus at last year’s state finals, will lead a group that is mixed with experience and youth. The Greyhounds have four freshmen that will contribute this season, and Ribby expects his team to get better as the season progresses.
Top contributors: Taryn Hubaker (D), Camryn Klein (MD), Chloe Wandell (D), Anna Vansyckle (HJ), Rebekka Snarski (SP), Cheyenne Ferris (D)
Last year: 3rd
Coach: Tim Simpson (15th season)
Top returning athletes: Mary Delaney (sr. S/D), Jo Brown (sr. D), Amy Hicks (sr. D), Grace Frost (fr. D), Anna Rentz (jr. D), Reagan Vorce (jr. S), Emily Cissell (sr. T), Maddy Maloney (jr. S), Sydney Harvey (jr. R)
Other contributors: Tia Fields (jr. S), Victoria Boehlert (jr. D)
Outlook: The Cougars enter the new season with distance as their strength. Simpson feels his team will improve with the addition of Frost, and Maloney returns from a knee injury that sidelined her two years ago. Delaney and Hickers were all-conference last season, and Brown was the league champ in the 1600 and 3200 last season.
Last year: 4th
Coach: John Novara (4th season)
Top returning athletes: Ally Garlitch (jr.-S), Jessika Grapentein (sr.-MD), Danielle Keusch (jr.-MD), Kaylynn Martin (jr.-S/LJ), Amanda Pohl (jr.-H/HJ), Hannah Trieweiler (jr.-HJ)
Other contributors: Kailen Brennan (MD/D), Kenzie Chaffin (D), Ellie Mallek (D), Macey Seal (D)
Outlook: Novara has four all-league members returning to help the Raiders improve from their 2-3 finish in the CAAC White last season. Portland has 33 kids on its roster, which is the largest Novara has had during his tenure.
Last year: 1st
Coach: Mitch Lutzke (23rd season)
Top returning athletes: Sarah Schultz (sr.-HJ/S), Paige Dutcher (sr.-LJ/S), Taylor Condit (jr.-LJ/S), Julia Henderson (jr.-S), Amberlee Kreis (so.-D), Grace Lounsbury (so.-S/H), Jessica Lycos (sr.-HJ), Kelsie Hasse (jr.-SP/MD), Gabrielle Harris (so.-MD/D)
Other contributors: Laura Nemeth (jr.-S/LJ), Sarah Hagelburger (jr.-T), Taylor Kotecki (jr.-PV), Megan Ivey (jr.-D)
Outlook: The Hornets welcome back three all-state members in Schultz, Dutcher and Condit. The co-high jump school record holder, Lycos, returns as well. Lutzke believes this group of sprinters might be the best he’s had in his 23 years.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (CMAC)
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Pewamo-Westphalia, 2. Bath , 3. Fowler, 4. Saranac, 5. Laingsburg, 6. Potterville, 7. Fulton, 8. Portland St. Patrick, 9. Dansville
Top athletes: Allison Hufnagel (Fowler), Annie Fanta (Bath), Hannah Dunham (Dansville), Brenna Wirth (P-W), Marissa Wirth (P-W)
Last year: t-2nd (7-1)
Coach: Emily Fritz (4th season)
Top returning athletes: Annie Fanta (sr.-MD), Savannah Halfmann (jr.-S), Faith Brown (jr.-MD), Isabelle Handzo Fritz (jr.-S/MD), Tessa Hosford (so.-M)
Outlook: The Bees return five all-state members, including Columbia University-bound Fanta, from a team that went 7-1 in the CMAC last season. With only one senior gone from last year’s team, Fritz believes he has “a promising group of newcomers” to help maintain success.
Last year: 8th
Coach: Jason Gubeno (10th season)
Top returning athletes: Hannah Dunham (sr. T), Hannah douglas (sr. D), Ashley Bertl (sr. MD/PV)
Other contributors: Kendra Crockett (jr. T), Alicia Coatsworth (fr. S)
Outlook: Dunham, who placed second in discus and fifth in shotput in the Division 4 state finals, will lead a small Aggies team. Gubeno hopes individuals improve each week.
Last year: 2nd
Coach: Jill Feldpausch (8th season)
Top returning athletes: Allison Hufnagel (sr.-HJ/H/R), Aubrey Snyder (sr.-D/HJ), Monica Buhr (sr.-T/MD), Madison Koenigsknecht (jr.-S/R), Julie Thelen (jr.-LJ/S/R), Ashley VanElls (so.-D)
Other contributors: Ciera Weber (fr.-PV/H), Sindey Horak (fr.-LJ/S), McKenzie Koenigsknecht (fr.-S), Maddie Thelen (so.-MD)
Outlook: The Eagles return seven athletes from their third-place team at the Division 4 state meet. Fowler also adds 11 newcomers to help keep the team’s six-year streak of top-3 state finishes alive.
Last year: 1st
Coach: Scott Werner (15th season)
Top returning athletes: Marissa Wirth (sr.-S/R), Sarah Barrett (sr.-S/R), Abby Wirth (sr.-PV/H), Gabbie Hummel (sr.-S), Brenna Wirth (so.-S), Emma Schafer (jr.-H/T), Olivia Nurenberg (so.-D)
Other contributors: Brooklyn Nurenberg (fr.-M), Brooke Stump (fr.-D), Claudia Heckman (fr.-S/:J), Jenna Droste (fr.-S)
Outlook: P-W returns a significant amount of contributors from a team that captured conference and regional titles and scored 72 points while finishing second at the state meet. Werner believes he has a well-rounded team that could again make noise in the final weeks of the season and continue a streak of top three finishes at the stater meet that dates back to 2009.
PORTLAND ST. PATRICK
Last year: 3-5
Coach: George Rutherford (3rd season)
Top returning athletes: Madi Schrauben (sr. T), Shelby Miller (sr. D), Logan Cook (jr. LJ/S), Brittany Thelen (so. J/S), Abi Mason (so. T)
Other contributors: Abby Pierson (fr. S/MD), Emma Gunderman (fr. S), Chelsea Miller (fr. MD/D), Kayla Shaw (fr. D)
Outlook: Rutherford believes his Shamrocks are a “small but versatile group that could make some noise in dual meets.”
Last year: 5-3
Coach: Michael Kuyers (25th season)
Top returning athletes: Makayla Mires (sr.-S/H), Alyssa Tisdale (sr.-M), Justice Britten (jr.-S/F), Sam Stanton (jr.-S/H), Halee Hughett (jr.-T), Heidi Christiansen (so.-V/T), Kylee Marcussen (so.-S), Emily Walter (so.-M)
Other contributors: Cara Tucker (sr.-M), Taryn Hayes (jr.-M), Sierra Tamez (jr.-S/H)
Outlook: Potterville has improved numbers and a hard working group this season and Kuyers hopes that helps his program move to the top half of the competitve CMAC. Stanton was all-state in the 100 hurdles last season and leads the returners for Potterville.
Last year: 5th
Coach: Eric and Diane Smtih (15th season)
Top returning athletes: Sydney Holtforth (jr. H), Jessica Sluiter (so. H), Brynne Harder (so. HJ), Aubrey Jackson (so. PV), Salem Grody (so. S)
Other contributors: Brittany Hardman (fr. S), MacKenzie Roberts (fr. S), Emma Pachulski (fr. HJ/H)
Outlook: The inexperienced Redskins are led by Holtforth, who placed in hurdles at last year’s regional. Coaches hope that their team can find their strengths early in the season.
GREATER LANSING ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Olivet, 2. Lakewood, 3. Leslie, 4. Maple Valley, 5. Perry, 6. Stockbridge, 7. Lansing Christian
Top athletes: Katie Figeuras (P), Samantha Morrison (Lk.), Haley Dack (Le.),
Last year: 3rd
Coach: Jim Hassett (16th season)
Top returning athletes: Samantha Morrison (jr.-H/HJ/S), Jacqueline O’Gorman (sr.-S), Betsy Reynolds (sr.-S), Stevie Sutton (sr.-PV/S), Brianna Bost (sr.-T), Riley Eggers (so.-T), Davita Mater (so.-D), Kayla McWhorter (jr.-LJ/S)
Other contributors: Brooke Stahl (sr.-D), Katelyn Kietzman (fr.-S), Tequila Bautista (so.-S), Kelsey Mauer (jr.-H/HJ)
Outlook: Morrison, who was a state qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, will lead a Vikings team that is entering a new league. Lakewood is a small team, and because of that, Hassett believes they “will be struggling a little this year to make every event competitive.”
Coach: Harvey (2nd season)
Top returning athletes: Olivia Ricketts (sr.-T), Jadelyn Stewart (sr.-PV), Racheal Morris (so.-T).
Other contributers: Victoria Dickinson (fr.-MD), Stacie Ellison (fr.-S), Brocklyn Scott.
Outlook: The Lions return state qualifiers in Ricketts and Stewart. Also, Morris, who placed sixth in regionals, will be a major contributor. Harvey believes that his team “will be tough by the end of the year” if they improve in the running events at every meet.
Last year: 1st in KVA
Coach: Brian Lincoln (1st season)
Top returning athletes: Aleena Janousek (sr. HJ), Noelle Rohde (so. LJ/S), Logan Kyre (so. H), Teona Feldpausch (so. MD), Morgan Greenman (so. MD), Whitney McGill (jr. MD), Grace Mott (so. D), Taylor Sinclair (so. S/PV), Mikayla Wickman (jr. HJ), Kelsie Wireman (jr. S), Alex Dartt (sr. MD)
Other contributors: Gabi DeGroot (sr. T), Maddie Falk (fr. H), Bailey Hoffman (fr. T), Madison Dexter (jr. S), Kaylee Richardson (fr. D), Loren Westlake (jr. S/LJ)
Outlook: Lincoln inherits an Eagles team that is coming off a conference title. Olivet returns a lot athletes from last season, and is deep in sprints and mid-distance events. Lincoln says the girls have been working hard to keep the momentum going.
Last year: 3rd
Coach: Steve Bentley (10th season)
Top returning athletes: Katie Figueras (jr.-MD/D), Abby Dollar (jr.-MD/R), Taylor Anderson (sr.-D), Lydia Mendel (jr.-MD/D/R/PV), Taegan Willson (jr.-T), Lizzy Finch (jr.-H/R), Hannah Patrick (so.-PV/S), Kelsey Stuart (so.-S/R)
Other contributors: Madison Hardy (jr.-HJ), LeeAnn Morse (jr.-S/H), Jamie Shaw (fr.-S/T), Annie Steel (fr.-S/MD/PV/J), Miranda Crawford (fr.-S/MD/PV/J), Laynee Willson (fr.-S/MD/PV/J)
Outlook: Bentley has some firepower heading into the Ramblers’ inaugural season in the GLAC. Figueras was a four-time all-leaguer in the GAC, while Dollar was a two-time all-leaguer. Anderson, Mendel and Patrick were all-league members as well. In his 10 years, Bentley says this is the “youngest” team he’s coached, but is also “one of the largest.”
Coach: Kaj Johansson (1st season)
Top returning athletes: Jamie Cool (sr.-S/R), Becca Ensign (sr.-S), Taylor Machette (jr.-MD/R), Julia Olson (so.-MD/R), Hannah Kightlinger (jr.-T)
Other contributors: Shaylyn Sprout (so.-S/R)
Outlook: The Panthers usher in a new era as Johansson takes the reins heading into the newly-sculpted GLAC.
Last year: 3rd
Coach: Robyn Porter (1st season)
Top returning athletes: Kirstin Anderson (sr.-MD/D), Mikayla Skowronski (sr.-MD), Malia Cicorelli (jr.-H), Brianna Hasler (so.-MD), Ally Goeman (jr.-S), Madison Grace (sr.-SP), Emily Helfrich (sr.-HJ), Valorie Osgood (sr.-MD), Annaka Pacino (sr.-LJ).
Other contributers: Maisie Baker (jr.-D), Lizzy Fisher (fr.-S), Brooke Reinbold (fr.-MD), Hannah Vanderstelt (jr.-D).
Outlook: The Orioles return five runners who qualified for the state finals. Porter feels his team’s strengths are in sprints and mid-distance, and he thinks if they can improve in distance they can “do very well in the league.”
Last year: 2nd in CAAC White (5-1)
Coach: Alan Montgomery (4th season)
Top returning athletes: Brooke Judd (sr.-M), Rylie Martin (sr.-PV), Emily Mesh (sr.-D), Skylar Napier (jr.-M), Hannah Caswell (sr.-H), Hannah Dean (sr.-T), Meredith Norris (so.-HJ)
Other contributors: Myah Kelly (fr.-S)
Outlook: The Cavaliers have a talented, experienced team back and expect to contend for a GAC Red title. Martin is a two-time state qualifier in the pole vault and one of three athletes on this year’s team that will compete in college.
Last year: 2nd (8-1)
Coach: Gene Lebron (5th season)
Top returning athletes: Erica Sheahan (jr.-S/LJ), Courtney Allen (so.-D), Blaire Showers (jr.-D), Alyssa Mankey (jr.-D), Kurstin Kalisek (jr.-D), Mikayla Fairchild (so.-S), Emily Foster (so.-S/H)
Other contributors: Kara Kindel (so.-S), Liz Bentley (jr.-S/J), Anya Bobo (so.-S/J), Taryn Ostrander (fr.-J/T)
Outlook: The Yellowjackets return seven athletes that earned all-state recognition last season and expect to have another strong year and compete for league and regional titles.
Last year: 6th in TVC
Coach: Brian Zalud (5th season)
Top returning athletes: Alex Love (sr.-D), Clare Sheedlo (jr.-D), Addison Hymer (jr.-S), Gabbi Dorn (jr.-S), Morgan Martin (jr.-T), Hannah Sovis (so.-S)
Other contributors: Alicia Grant (fr.-S), Rebekah Holley (fr.-T)
Outlook: Love will lead a young Marauders team that is coming off a sixth-place finish in the TVC last year.
Last year: 9th in GAC
Coach: Troy Perkins (6th season)
Top returning athletes: Taylor Mayville (sr. T), Emily Judd (sr. T), Autumn Stowe (jr. D), Destinee Cook (jr. S), Paige Wilson (sr. T), Jackie Klien (sr. H)
Other contributors: Chelsea Stanley (jr. H), Grace Hull (fr. PV), Brianna Long (fr. S)
Outlook: The Spartans have several experienced upperclassmen returning. Perkins says his team will “continue to work at building a solid program.” Webberville will focus on individual best performances.