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Faith Smith of Lumen Christi Catholic High School leads a pack of runners during the pre-regional event at Hudson High School.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

By Jeff Steers
JTV Sports

Sixteen Jackson County high school cross country teams and a number of individuals qualified for regionals to be held next week.

Runners competed at pre-regionals at a number of events held this week. The pre-regional idea was created by the Michigan High School Athletic Association to limit the number of runners and racing fans at events due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The top four teams and top seven individuals – not on qualifying teams – qualified for various pre-regional events.

The top three teams and top seven individuals – not on qualifying teams – at each regional will qualify for the MHSAA state cross country finals.

The finals will be held at Michigan International Speedway on Nov. 6 and 7. Divisions 1 and 2 will run on Friday, Nov. 6 and Divisions 3 and 4 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The top 30 individuals at the state meet earn all-state honors.

Here are results from the pre-regionals held this week. Regionals will be held at various sites next week.

Go to www.mhsaa.com, click on sports, cross country, and search for 2020 LP regionals.

Division 1 at South Lyon: Qualifying teams, boys – Brighton, Detroit Catholic Central, and Okemos, Jackson. Girls – Okemos, Brighton, Walled Lake West, and South Lyon East.

Division 2 at Vicksburg: Qualifying teams, boys – Harper Creek, Vicksburg, Western, and Stevensville Lakeshore. Girls – Marshall, Western, Vicksburg, and Harper Creek.

Division 2 at Lansing Catholic: Qualifying teams, boys – Lansing Catholic, Mason, Charlotte, Eaton Rapids. Girls – Mason, Lansing Catholic, Olivet, and Eaton Rapids. Local individual qualifiers – Brandt DuBois and Aspen Tapley, Northwest.

Division 3 at Hudson: Qualifying teams, boys – Hanover-Horton, Hudson, Napoleon, and Lumen Christi. Girls – Lumen Christi, Hanover-Horton, Jonesville and Napoleon. Local individual qualifiers – Jacob Walker, Caleb Ronders, Hope Wilkes, Columbia Central.

Division 3 at Springport: Qualifying teams, boys – Leslie, Homer, Dansville, Grass Lake. Girls – Leslie, Grass Lake, Michigan Center, and Homer. Local individual qualifiers – Joe Olowski, Trysten Kolk, Xander Manzer, Michigan Center; Robert Patterson, Bryant Taylor, Elijah Dyer, Saige Patterson, Meah Wood, Gillenne Zenker, Springport. 

Division 4 at Webberville: Qualifying teams, boys – Webberville, Whitmore Lake, East Jackson, and Livingston Christian. Girls – Lansing Christian, Livingston Christian, Webberville, and Whitmore Lake. Local individual qualifiers – Brynn Mericle and Isabel Worthing, East Jackson.

Division 4 at Concord: Qualifying teams, boys – Concord, Lenawee Christian, Jackson Prep, Addison. Girls – Lenawee Christian, Concord, Addison, Britton-Deerfield. Local individual qualifiers – Kylie Baldwin, Zoee Lagow, Vandercook Lake; Vianney Medina-Gonzalez, Jackson Christian. 

Hanover-Horton High School runner Dean Reynolds won the pre-regional 5K event at Hudson High School on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

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