Michigan Shines at Inaugural Small School National Championships

Michigan Shines at Inaugural Small School National Championships

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In a showdown of the top 6-teams in the nation for the boys and the top 4-teams for the girls, Michigan's Saugatuck, MI and Benzie Central, MI shined brightly at the inaugural Small School National Championships running each as club teams. While competing at 2015 Cross Country Coaches Youth National Championships Nov. 21, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Running as clubs with a minimum 1-athlete from another high school to be MHSAA club team compliant for post-season competition each team fielded 8-runners. Douglas Running Club (Saugatuck) and Benzie County Running Club (Benzie Central) finished ranked 3rd & 4th in the nation for the boys championship with Benzie second and Saugatuck 3rd in the girls championship. Final national rankings based upon the National Coaches Association power ranking algorithm, the database algorithm determines how each team faired in comparison to US#1 Perham, MN girls (Perham XC Runners Club) and US#1 Trinity Prep, FL (Avery Creek R.C.)

How dominant were the US#1's? Both broke the existing national record for power ranking with Perham scoring 19-points receiving a .7438 power ranking, a new national record as well as Trinity Prep scoring 20-points receiving a .8874 power ranking, a new national record and overall US#14 score. Trinity Prep was also determined by XCNation.com as the greatest boys small school in US History, do not let the results fool you, Michigan competed against the best of all-time. The algorithm determined that both Benzie and Saugatuck competed superior to their MHSAA State Championship team performances where Saugatuck has claimed the MHSAA Division 4 Championship while Benzie Central finished 3-points behind US#10 Lansing Catholic. US#3 Saugatuck boys score, .7734 was superior to last seasons 2014 US#1 National Champions Valley Catholic HS, OR .7575; Benzie Central score .7521. US#2 Benzie Central girls score, .6899 was also superior to the last two Small School National Champions, 2013 St. Teresa HS, IL .6799 and 2014 Trinity at River Ridge HS, MN .6876.

Michigan teams have a meet that is now MHSAA compliant and flexible enough to allow all to participate. Meet requirements demanded no coaches attend the event with the club teams, all clubs comprise 8-athletes from a minimum 2-separate high schools, and all athletes wearing the same uniform. 2016 looks to be even brighter for Small Schools.

Boys National Results: http://www.youthcrosscountry.org/2015LIVE/ Boys Final Small School National Rankings: http://xcnation.runnerspace.com/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=45417&do=news&news_id=383501 Girls National Results: http://www.youthcrosscountry.org/2015LIVE/ Girls Finals Small School National Rankings: http://xcnation.runnerspace.com/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=45417&do=news&news_id=383519