Jared Purcell | MLive.com, April 06, 2011 1:31 p.m. View full size West Bloomfield distance prodigy Erin Finn will help the West Bloomfield girls track and field compete at a high level this season. - (footlockercc.com)
Despite the weather being able to show it or not, spring is here and the Metro Detroit boys track and field teams are ready to hit the ground running. This year, Jared Purcell will be providing weekley rankings for the teams of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Watch for new girls track and field rankings each Wednesday. Check back each Wednesday to see what has changed. Also, check out our Metro Detroit individual rankings for each event in girls track and field each week.
Here are Jared Purcell's top 10 girls track and field teams in Metro Detroit:
- Grosse Pointe South: Still a very young team, Grosse Pointe South may be headed for a dynasty of state championships with the talent it has. Finishing fourth last year at the Division 1 state championship, expect a first-place finish this season.
- Novi: Didn’t make too much of an impact as a team at the Division 1 state championships last season (38th). Yet, a strong returning core will surprise a lot of people this year. If everyone returning improves moderately, Novi suddenly becomes a force to be dealt with on a statewide level.
- Troy: Will be loaded with junior and senior talent. Troy has all of the ingredients to finish at the top of the Oakland Activities Association Red.
- Dearborn Divine Child: In good position to defend its D2 state championship despite losing its top distance runner and discus thrower from last year.
- Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills): Possible future Olympian Kendall Baisden will be backed by the throwing of Brittany Mann and will provide a lot of points. Mix that with loaded group of juniors and you’ve got a team ready to compete for a D2 championship.
- Detroit Cass Tech: Kyra Jefferson will lead a vey strong sprint crew. Yet there are points of concern in throws and jumps. Still, the sprinters and sprint relays will carry this team very far.
- Rochester: Despite losing state champions Megan Goethals (1600, 3200, 4x800) and Ashley Keyes (100, 4x100), the defending D1 state champions are bringing in some new talent and returning 800/1600 star Brooke Handler.
- Oxford: Won’t have much to offer in hurdles but will be budding with potential everywhere else.
- West Bloomfield: Having Erin Finn around changes the game a bit for West Bloomfield. Finn and thrower Taylor Gunn will rack up a ton of points.
- Birmingham Seaholm: The Wilberding triplets will lead a solid distance team. Just a couple of more sprinters would take this team to the next level.