The 2013 Greater Lansing High School Junior Honor Roll Track and Field Meet is being hosted at the Okemos Track and Field on Thursday, May 30! The meet is the premier individual championship for Greater Lansing Middle School Track and Field Athletes. Coaches only should submit their athlete's performances to Jeff Crowe by e-mail
or calling 517.648.1775.
Coaches : Please check your athletes names and performances to ensure they are correct. All corrections should be sent to Jeff as soon as possible. Final Deadline is Friday, May 24 at 10am for performance submissions.
The 2013 Greater Lansing High School Honor Roll Track and Field Meet is being hosted at the Holt Athletic Department and Track and Field on Wednesday, May 29! The meet is the premier individual championship for Greater Lansing Track and Field Athletes. The final 2013 Honor Roll Listing has been posted below.
if you have any name or grade CORRECTIONS to current Honor Roll List. All FAT Times have been converted to "Hand Times" by rounding up to the tenth and then subtracting 0.4 seconds. (MHSAA Standard)
Scratches: Coaches should contact Andy Marsh
(e-mail preferred) 517.420.0432 or Kim Spalsbury
517.927.2373 with scratches. Coaches should start scratching their athletes and have a Monday deadline for final scratch!
Honor Roll Meet Schedule:
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
5:30 p.m. - Field Events Start (gender per MHSAA Schedule)
6:00 p.m. - Run-offs for sprint events
6:15 p.m. - Eddy Awards Presentation
6:30 p.m. - Running Event Finals
A special thanks goes to Playmakers for sponsoring the webspace and expertise to maintain an accurate and up-to-date list and the Lansing State Journal for continually supporting the meet through Honor Roll Coverage of the performance list and the Championship Meet.
Running has provided many journeys: Miles logged over years have helped health, too
As appeared in the December 26, 2011, Lansing State Journal and published and at www.lsj.com by Dick Miles (
) Here we are at the end of yet another year, as time rolls relentlessly forward. Having been involved with running for more than three decades, the miles continue to pile up, though not as quickly as in the past. The speed certainly isn't what it used to be, not that I was ever particularly fast. The important point for me, however, is that I still consider myself to be a runner and that running is still enjoyable. As part of the baby boomer group that sparked the running craze of the early 1980s, I made the fortuitous decision that running would serve as my guide to an active lifestyle, a decision that I have never regretted. I've been places that I never would have gone, seen things I never would have seen and met people I never would have met. I've had the chance to participate in mega events such as the Boston Marathon that have offered the temporary illusion of being a sports star, and have had experiences that will provide me with stories to tell for the rest of my days. My first foray into competitive running was the Dexter to Ann Arbor road race on the Saturday before Memorial Day in 1978. In those days, this was a 15-mile race rather than the current half marathon. It was a very hot day with temperatures in the mid-80's, and perhaps a bit long for my first race, but I didn't die, made it to the finish and have been hooked ever since. Later that year, I ran the inaugural Detroit Free Press Marathon, and am convinced that there are few things more exhilarating than crossing the finish line at the end of your very first 26.2 mile race. As a novice, I ran that race without a watch, and missed qualifying for Boston by just a few seconds. I did finally make it to Boston in 1992, and remember standing in my corral at the start wondering how my life at the time compared to that of the popular high school athletes that I so much wanted to emulate in my younger days. OK, so maybe I can be a bit self righteous, but at that point I figured I had earned the right. A variety of settings Over the years, I've run on beautiful spring days, on crisp fall days, in blizzards, in bitter cold, in searing heat, in pouring rain, through ice storms, and even in the occasional thunderstorm, though I really don't like being out in lightning. I've experienced beautiful scenery such as the Old Mission Peninsula in late May during the Bayshore Marathon and the Detroit skyline at sunrise from the Windsor side of the Detroit River while running the Free Press Marathon. I've run during all hours of the day, including middle of the night runs during the 24-hour relay races that I have participated in. One run in particular stands out in my mind at the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon in 2008. It was a five-mile leg in a light fog along a gently rolling road just outside of Portland heading into the Coast Range. The night was pitch dark except for my head lamp and the lights on vehicles that occasionally passed by. For quite a ways, the road paralleled a railroad track, and I could hear a train whistling behind me off in the distance, but getting closer and closer and finally passing by me. The train was nothing out of the ordinary, but for some reason on that particular night, it added drama to an already mystical experience. It was one of those rare occasions when I felt better and better as the run progressed, and didn't want to stop at the end when I had to tag off to my teammate. Also over the years, I have experienced many beautiful runs through the Michigan State University campus. Better still, I have learned to love the Lansing River Trail and continue to sing the praises of those with enough foresight to develop this marvelous resource and to expand it into areas such as Scott Woods and Hawk Island Park. Indeed, I consider myself very fortunate to have made running a part of my life. It's helped me to stay healthy and of reasonably sound in mind. Happy New Year to all of you runners and runner wonnabe's out there. Whether you're running ultras, regular marathons, trails, 5Ks, relays, or just getting started in this great sport, may 2012 bring you many happy miles.
Playmakers Racing 7th of 45 teams at USATF nationals
The Playmakers Men's Racing Team finished seventh of 45 teams in the USA Track and Field National Club Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Seattle.
Jed Christiansen fiinished in 22nd place in a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) time of 30 minutes, 29 seconds, Zach Ripley 29th in 30:41, Curtis Vollmer 53rd in 31:02, Kris Koster 72nd in 31:28, Alex Russeau 85th in 31:44, Nick Katsefaras 86th in 31:46, Jason Bigelow 139th in 32:36, Jake Crowe 140th in 32:36 and Eric Loveland 177th in 33:15.
Crowe, Senakiewich are Turkeyman Trot winners A record 3,072 runners and walkers finished the Lansing Turkeyman Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning. Jake Crowe (Grand Ledge/Central Michigan) completed the 3.1-mile course that started and finished in front of Lansing Community College’s Gannon Center in 14 minutes, 59 seconds. A strong finish enabled Crowe to edge Nick Katseferas (Pinckney/Michigan State) and former Detroit Free Press Marathon champion and Haslett coach Nick Stanko (Michigan), who came in at 15:00 and 15:02. Crowe also won a year ago when 2,308 finishers completed the annual Thanksgiving event — which was up from 1,780 in 2009. Lisa Senakiewich (Davison/MSU) was the first female finisher in 17:03. Four other females ran faster than 19 minutes: Jennifer Snelgrove (Grand Ledge/LCC) in 18:24, Becca Schlaff in 18:31, Chloe Prince (Okemos/U-M) in 18:35, Danielle Dakroub (Okemos/CMU) in 18:40 and Christy Snelgrove (Grand Ledge) in 18:57.
Darling 13th + Big Ten, regional champ MSU women 23rd at NCAA
The Big Ten and NCAA Great Lakes Regional champion Michigan State University women’s cross country team finished 23rd and former Ovid-Elsie star and three-time Division 3 state champion Maverick Darling took 13th in a 10K time of 30:07 for the third-place Wisconsin men on Monday in the NCAA Division I national meet at Terre Haute, Ind.
Darling earned All-American honors, which go to the top 25 finishers at the national meet.
The Spartans' Emily MacLeod came in 37th in the 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) women's race in 20:49, and Patrick Grosskopf of Corunna was 206th in 32:18 as MSU's only competitor in the men's race.
Junior Carlie Green (21:22) took 104th, junior Rebekah Smeltzer (21:32) 122nd, sophomore Kristen Smith (21:48) 157th, and freshman Julia Otwell (22:15) 199th for the Spartans.
The Spartan women advanced by edging Michigan 80-96 to win the regional on Saturday at Oakland University’s Katke-Cousins Golf Course in Rochester two weeks after topping the Wolverines 74-88 at the Big Ten meet.
MacLeod, the reigning NCAA Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Athlete of the Year, became the first Spartan in program history to win the regional race in back-to-back years. Her 2010 time was 20:18.
Other top finishers for MSU’s first regional champion since 2007 were Green (sixth in 20:41), Smeltzer (11th in 20:53), Smith (30th in 21:32) and Otwell (32nd in 21:38).
MSU finished fifth in the men’s race won by Big Ten champion Wisconsin and Darling (Ovid-Elsie), who took sixth in a 10K (6.2-mile) time of 30:31 as the Badgers’ second runner.
The Spartans’ top finishers were Grosskopf (13th in 30:39), sophomores Isaiah Vandoorne (29th in 31:09) and Ben Miller (30th in 31:10), freshman Sherod Hardt (37th in 31:19) and senior Alex Russeau (39th in 31:21). The MSU men will find out today whether they earned an at-large berth into the national meet.
Freshman Morsi Rayyan (St. Johns) placed 72nd in 32:05 as the fifth runner for seventh-place Michigan, while senior Chris Pankow (Williamston) was 110th in 32:46 for 19th-place Central MIchigan among 31 teams.
Senior Danielle Dakroub (Okemos) took 62nd in 22:02 as eighth-place CMU’s fourth runner, and freshman Amaya Ayers (Laingsburg) 177th in 24:07 as 24th-place Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne’s fourth runner among 33 women’s teams.
MacLeod won the Big Ten 6K women's race in a career-best 19:54.
Darling (23:51), a sophomore and former three-time Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships winner, took sixth place in the men's 8K race to help Wisconsin repeat as league champions.
The Spartan men came in fifth place as Miller (24:09) took 16th and Grosskopf (24:19) was 23rd. Rayyan (25:07) was 55th place as seventh-place Michigan's fourth runner.
MacLeod and Darling repeated as first team all-Big Ten. A year ago, Darling and MacLeod took fourth and sixth, while the MSU women were fifth and the MSU men eighth.
The photo of MSU women's team after winning the Big Ten title (including junior Emily Langenberg of Grand Ledge next to coach Walt Drenth on the far left) taken by Walt Middleton appears courtesty of MSUSpartans.com.
The 2013 Playmakers Kids Mile Series debuted on March 23 with the Run for the House 10k/5k and Children's Races. The Race Series will continue with 7 events that conclude with the Sunday, October 6, Dinosaur Dash on the campus of MSU.
Youngsters who complete five of the seven series events will be awarded a commemorative kids mile series item during the Playmakers Race Series Awards Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Playmakers.
Fill out and then either drop off, mail or fax (517-349-8627) the form you can see by clicking on this link to claim the participation award.
The following are the five events in the 2013 series:
Sunday, March 23 - Run for the House Children's Mile/Spring
Sunday, May 19 - Dan Langdon memorial Banjo Dash
Saturday, June 1 - Kohl's Michigan Mile and Kids Spring
Saturday, June 15 - Potter Park Zoo Wild One Kids Mile
Sunday, July 28 - Ele's Place Chilren's Mile
Saturday, September 14 - Capital City Kids Mile
Sunday, October 6 - MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash Children's Mile
The Mid-Michigan Track Club switches each year from meeting on Tuesday evenings during the warmer months of the year to Saturday mornings during the colder months. You can view their schedule by clicking on the link below. There are additional links to other clubs and racing teams.
Playmakers is pleased to announce the 12th annual Greater Lansing Race Series for 2013 and the continued sponsorship of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Great Harvest Bread of Okemos. Playmakers, along with our partners, aim to work with the select local races to host great events that provide runners with excellent opportunities to excel.
How does it work? Register for any of the races in the Greater Lansing Race Series and you will automatically be entered to score points for the overall series and your specific gender and age division. Throughout the season and at the conclusion of the 2013 race series, Playmakers will tabulate and post the cumulative results.
Do you still need some reasons to participate? If you complete 6 out of 14 races, you will be awarded a 2013 race series long sleeve Tech T-Shirt. Complete 8 of the races and you will be entered to win a significan prize at the end of the series and with 10 out of 13 races you will be awarded a Great Harvest Bread Card for a loaf of bread each month for a year!
Finally there will be awards presented for overall and age group divisions at our annual Race Series Banquet on Sunday, October 13, at Playmakers. Points will be awarded after each event and everyone's Top 8 places in the events will count on the final point totals. Join the fun and participate in the 2013 Playmakers Race Series!
2013 PLAYMAKERS GREATER LANSING RACE SERIES EVENTS
Giving total body fitness a chance: Program appears to be working after three weeks
As appeared in the December 20, 2011, Lansing State Journal and published and at www.lsj.com
by Tim Becker
I tend to resist fads. I suspect I'm like most males in this respect, a true creature of habit. As in other aspects of my life, my approach to fitness is fairly routine and consistent. I run most days. That's it. Occasionally, I squeeze in a little core work. My midsection mocks my efforts. Working a demanding job and attending my four children's athletic events and concerts bring me pleasure, but leave little extra time for fitness. I fit my running in on my lunch hour or late at night on the treadmill after the rest of my house is asleep. I'm thankful for my running time. It allows me to recharge and it reduces stress. However, I've come to the conclusion that I need to supplement the running with other exercise if I'm to fend off the mid-life body flab trap. It is generally accepted that after the age of 40 muscle mass decreases. This loss is more rapid in those who do not exercise some form of resistance training, such as lifting weights or doing pushups and pull ups. Many distance runners may not see this as an issue as it is assumed that we only need our legs to carry us through the many miles we run. Running employs the same muscles repeatedly while neglecting other muscles completely. This can lead to imbalances in our muscle structure and weaknesses in our connective tissue. The result is the chronic hamstring injury or nagging hip or knee pain that plagues so many runners. This brings me back to my mention of fads. Total body workouts are all the rage. Enter "total body workout programs" in your Google search engine and you'll get more thean 10 million results, literally. I know because I've conducted the search. Joining the fad After watching one friend post a particular program's positive results with before and after photos on Facebook, my skepticism gave way to curiosity. My wife was also observing this mutual friend's results. She suggested we try the program, P90X from beachbody.com. My brother already owns the 12 CD workout set. It was a free loan. What did I have to lose? We took our "before" pictures three weeks ago. I only sucked my gut in a little bit. After all, these are the before pictures and are supposed to be somewhat sad looking. We then went straight into the workouts with high intensity pushups, pull ups, and core exercises. We are now in our fourth week. We're still struggling with the pushups and pull ups, and my wife is putting me to shame in the sit ups and core work. This program has also introduced me to yoga as well as kick and punch exercises. I know it must be working because I'm sore in places I've never been sore before. My pushup count is increasing each week. My pull ups are still a struggle, but I manage to get a few more in with my stool in reach of my toes. Too early to tell I haven't raced since I started the program so I can't tell yet whether it has made me faster. However, I already feel better about my upper body strength. Doing the workouts together also gives my wife and I an hour together each night. That scheduled time together is good for us. This is a 90-day program. If it works as advertised, my body should be much more toned and balanced in three months. I'll report back at the end of February. With the new year approaching it's time to think about your New Year's resolution. If you've suffered chronic injuries or just want better overall fitness, I encourage you to succumb to the fad and join me in trying a total body fitness program. The work is hard, but the results are so worth the effort. At least that's what the commercials and my Facebook friend tell me.
Thanksgiving Week sale Nov. 21-26
Playmakers Racing Team member Jed Christiansen qualifies for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; Playmakers Racing teams won four of five relay categories at Detroit Free Press Marathon
Jed Christiansen of the Playmakers Racing Team ran a career-best time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 31 seconds in the Chicago Marathon earlier this month to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. The 2010 Calvin College graduate from Greenville, Pennsylania, took 14th place as the third American finisher and ran a 5:18 per mile pace. The 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials are scheduled for January 14 in Houston, Texas. At Calvin, Christiansen was a four-time cross country All-American and a four-time track and field All-American. Christiansen is currently an assistant cross country coach at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa.
LCC women finish highest-ever 3rd, men 5th in NJCAA nationals
The Lansing Community College women’s cross country team earned its highest-ever finish with a third place on Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C., at the National Junior College Athletic Association national meet, while the men’s team finished fifth of 36 teams.
Jennifer Snelgrove (Grand Ledge) took ninth in a 5K time of 18:25, Ashley Hamilton (Charlotte) 12th in 18:38, Ellory Green (Brighton) 16th in 18:46, Kaylin Belair (Erie Mason) 18th in 18:53 and Brooke Simon (Fowler) 32nd in 19:16 for the LCC women, who finished 5-10-10-9-8 the previous five years.
Jake Hord (Linden) came in 20th in an 8K time of 25:50, Eric Spitz (Holt) 27th in 25:58, Gareth Gose (Leslie) 34th in 26:08, Austin Alcala (Ionia) 49th in 26:26, Ryan Konen (Grand Ledge) 66th in 26:45 for the Stars men, who have finished 9-8-1-10-10 the past five years.
Former Grand Ledge star Jennifer Snelgrove won the 5K women’s race at regionals, and Eric Spitz of Holt finished runner-up in the men's 8K race.
Prior to regionals, the Stars women’s team placed sixth at the 19-team Bowling Green Invitational. Jennifer Snelgrove (Grand Ledge) took 10th in a 6-kilometer time of 22:17, Ellory Green (Brighton) 17th in 22:31, Ashley Hamilton (Charlotte) 39th in 23:02, Brooke Simon (Fowler) 44th in 23:08, Kaylin Belair (Erie Mason) 51st in 23:17, Shelby Thren (Remus Chippewa Hills) 74th in 24:09 and Randi Smith (DeWitt) 76th in 24:10. Taylor Knoll (Warren) ran 24:11, Ashley Steers (Leslie) 24:50 and Paige Terbush (Caro) 25:42.
The LCC men’s team finished 10th at Bowling Green, and Jake Hord (Linden) was 35th in an 8K time of 25:57, Kevin Barry (Waverly) 52nd in 26:33, Gareth Gose (Leslie) 53rd in 26:35, Eric Spitz (Holt) 58th in 26:45, Ryan Konen (Grand Ledge) 62nd in 26:53, Austin Alcala (Ionia) 70th in 27:06 and Joey Rizzolo (Stockbridge) 73rd in 27:16. Tommy Matuszak (Caro) also ran 27:19, Nick Flietstra (Potterville) 27:22 and Ryan Gilbert (Lansing Eastern) 27:26.
Pictured (from left) are Gilbert, Alcala, Spitz, Snelgrove and Simon.
New Honor Roll Listings will be available Wednesday on this page and Thursday in the Lansing State Journal!
Resolution run a good way to start year: New Year's Eve race takes place all over country
As appeared in the December 13, 2011, Lansing State Journal and at www.lsj.com
by Ashleigh Lipsey
The holiday season is upon us. Our smartwools are hung by the chimney with care, and training for spring marathons soon will be here. But before January rolls around and all the serious runners start thinking about training schedules, there's plenty of winter races to get everyone into the spirit. A personal favorite of mine is The Resolution Run! A couple years ago, a rag-tag group of runners from the office - including myself - ran the New Year's Resolution 8K Run and 5K Walk in Flint, and it was a blast. The race takes place on New Year's Eve in the mid-afternoon. You can end the running season with a bang and start the new year off right with renewed commitment for training and resolutions for that next PR. That's the idea anyway. I run it for the beer, burgers and bragging rights at the local dive bar in downtown Flint after the race. I like to attend my New Year's Eve party with the ability to say, "I've already run a race today." We've gathered a group together for the race this year, and the weather forecast looks just perfect. Cold. Hopefully there will be snow. What kind of bragging rights would we have if the weather was anything less than treacherous? Besides, there is a special bond you create with people when you share an experience that's taxing, extreme or just plain silly. Another aspect of the Resolution Run I enjoy - no one takes it too seriously. I can't imagine many runners are trying to get a PR on the snow and ice (none of my friends are anyway). It's all about having fun. Whether you're a serious runner or someone who enjoys the sport with a less competitive edge (that's me, by the way), you can enjoy the camaraderie of your running buddies and the mental and physical reward of doing something that's good for you. You can also enjoy your frosty post-race beverage sans guilt. (Tip: Enjoy a frosty beverage pre-race, and it feels a lot warmer outside.) There are Resolution Runs all over the country, so finding a race in your area should be a breeze. Most Resolution Runs are 5Ks, that being the most popular and accessible distance for the masses. That said, I like the 8K Flint race. It's fun, well-organized and the running booty is an attractive sweatshirt. I highly recommend it. Start a new tradition with your running pals and rock a Resolution Run - it's only comes once a year!
Playmakers receives award from Special Olympics
Playmakers received one of two Outstanding Business awards for the state on Saturday, November 5, from Special Olympics of Michigan during its annual statewide Hall of Fame Banquet in Mount Pleasant. More than 300 people were in attendance.
For the past 19 years, Playmakers has been raising money thru events and special programs. This year alone, the Autumn Classic run/walk and the Sponsor a Champ program raised $28,000 for Area 8 athletes. Area 8 athletes account for 2,300 of the 18,000 athletes in the state. Funds raised go to support the athletes and program expenses. For more information or questions in regards to the award, Special Olympics Area 8 or Playmakers, please contact Michelle Phillipich at (517) 349-3803 or
Playmakers is pleased to announce the 11th annual Greater Lansing Race Series and the sponsorship of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Great Harvest Bread of Okemos. Playmakers, along with our partners, aim to work
with the select local races to host great events that provide runners with excellent opportunities to excel.
How does it work? Register for any of the races in the Greater Lansing Race Series and you will automatically be entered to score points for the overall series and your specific gender
and age division. Throughout the season and
at the conclusion of the 2012 race series, Playmakers will tabulate and post the cumulative results. Race Series
Do you still need some reasons to participate? If you complete 6 out of 13 races, you will be awarded a 2012 race series long
sleeve Tech T-Shirt. If you complete 10 out of 13 races you
will be awarded a Great Harvest Bread Card for a loaf of bread each month for a year! Finally there will be awards presented for overall and age group divisions at our annual Race Series Banquet on Sunday, October 14, at Playmakers. Please fill out the attached form or online form and return to Playmakers by Sunday, September 23, to be eligable for the Bread Card and Playmakers Race Series shirt.
2012 PLAYMAKERS GREATER LANSING RACE SERIES EVENTS
It is almost that time of year again…racing season!
The Playmakers Women’s Racing Team is looking for female runners who are interested in competing and training with other women, and can run under 21 minutes for a 5K. Please contact Mike Homan (
) or Shannon Audretsch (
) for more details or if you have questions. There will be a kickoff meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at Playmakers.