Metro Detroit’s Top 20 Female Track And Field Athletes To Watch In 2022
The Detroit metro area is always teeming with some of the best athletic talent the state has to offer. In fact, it offers some of the best talent in the country. There are so many great track and field athletes to watch this season, so she has 20 top athletes to watch as the outdoor season kicks off.
Athletes are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Liliane Aittama, South Lyon East
Pole vault, high jump, sprints, distance
Aittama seems capable of being a heptathlete at the next level as she can do well in many disciplines. On the pitch, she qualified for the D1 in the pole vault and high jump last year. She won the Oakland County title in the pole vault with a PR of 11-foot-3, then repeated that performance to take fifth in the state meet. With a PR of 5-foot-5 in the high jump, she’s going to struggle this year as well. She was also the Lakes Valley Conference champion in the 1600 with a PR of 5:12.82 and qualified for the States in the 400 with a PR of 58.41.
Leeah Burr, Detroit Renaissance
Burr enters the outdoor season as one of the few favorites to win the 400 meters and is expected to face teammate Kaila Jackson for the 200 meters title. She finished seventh at the New Balance Indoor Nationals this winter in the 400m with a time of 56.40. Outdoors, she has a personal best of 54.10, making her the eighth fastest girl in state history outdoors. With a PR of 23.71, she is the sixth-fastest outdoor athlete in state history.
Sarah Coyne, Plymouth
Half distance, distance, sprints
After racing mostly 400s and 800s last year, Coyne could move up to a primary 800 and 1600 workload this spring and still be just as dominant. After an impressive time of 2:17.00 in the 800m last year to earn all-state honors in D1, she managed to drop her time to 2:13.83 indoors at the New Balance Nationals this winter . Expect her to muster big efforts of 400 and 1600 as the outdoor season kicks off.
Rachel Felstow, Romeo
After finishing all states in the D1 800 last spring, Felstow lowered his PR to 2:17.10 when meeting the New Balance Indoor Nationals this winter. She is also an excellent 400 meter runner and could be a threat in the 1600 as well.
Samari Finney, Warren Mott
Sprints, long jump
Although she went unbeaten in the 100 meters last year, her times in the 200 and 400 meters were even more impressive. She finished sixth in the D1 final last year with a PR of 57.49. She was also Macomb County champion in the 200 and 400, recording her 200 PR of 25.35 in the process. On top of all that, she also finished third at the state meet last year in the long jump with a heavily wind-assisted effort of 18 feet 10.5 inches. She was also the Macomb County champion in this event with her longest legal mark of 17 feet 8.75.
Jayden Harberts, Macomb Dakota
Distance, half distance
As a freshman last spring, Harberts showed just how versatile she is running between the 400 and 3200. An excellent distance runner, Herberts placed fourth in the D1 final last spring and boasts a PR of 10:48.45 in the event. Already this spring she established a new PR in the 1600 with a time of 4:58.45.
Kaila Jackson, Detroit Renaissance
The entire state is happy Jackson is finally a senior because she’s been dominating the track since her freshman year. One of the best track and field athletes in Michigan history, Jackson is Michigan’s sprint queen this season. Over the winter, she ran top 26 in the state in the 60 meters, which is unprecedented. Her best time of 7.26 in the 60 tied the 15-year-old state record held by the great Shayla Mahan. Her time of 23.84 in the 200m indoors this winter broke the state record by five hundredths of a second, a record previously held by Kendall Baisden. It was just this winter. In the state record books, she enters the outdoor season ranked first all-time in the 200 m (23.01) and third all-time in the 100 m (11.51). She is a force to be reckoned with.
Gabrielle Jeffries, Bloomfield Hills
Long jump, sprints
As a sophomore, Jefferies was an all-state long jumper who boasts a personal best 18-foot-3.25 (heavily wind-assisted). At the New Balance Indoor Nationals, she placed second with a mark of 18-foot-0.25. She also won the state indoor championship with an 18-foot-3 jump. Also an accomplished 400m and 200m runner, she could be qualified by the State D1 in three events this year.
Olivia Jenkins, Detroit Renaissance
Jenkins finished second to teammate Kaila Jackson at the state indoor championships this winter with a time of 7.61. She was all state in the D1 100 last year and runner up in the 200. She boasts a PR of 11.98 in the 100 yards and 24.90 in the 200 which puts her in elite status heading into this season .
Lauren Kiley, Plymouth
The four-time all-state cross-country runner is still looking for her first all-state track finisher. Considering she lowered her PR in the 1600 to 4:57.60 and her 3200 PR to 10:40.70 already this season, it’s safe to say she’s going to have a great spring. If she can stay healthy, she should be able to claim at least an All-State Honor.
Kylee King, Oak Park
Mid distance, distance
Last year, King established herself as one of the best in the state in the 800 as a rookie when she finished sixth in the D1 final with a PR of 2:15.39. She was also a state qualifier in the 1600 and boasts a PR of 5:11.58 in the event. King has already had a great time this winter and should be ready to take the outdoor season by storm.
Map of Drelin, Oak Park
long jump, hurdles
Mapp was an all-state long jumper last year when she recorded a heavily wind-assisted 17-foot-9.5 jump to take fifth place. A medalist at every invitational, she started to make good progress in the 100 hurdles last year and just missed out on qualifying for the States. She improved a ton over the winter to place second in the indoor 60-meter hurdles final with a time of 8.92.
Micah Martin, Harrison Canton L’Anse Creuse
Hurdles, high jump
Martin was a state qualifier in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles last spring, earning all-state honors in the former. With PRs of 15.14 in the 100 hurdles and 46.80 in the 300 hurdles, she is ready for another great season on the track. On the court, she is looking to build on her third-place finish in the high jump in last year’s D1 final when she matched her PR with a 5ft 6in leap.
Emon Miles, Oak Park
Miles is an excellent all-around athlete as she can excel in sprints, hurdles, and jumps. Last year, she reached a height of 5 feet 2 inches in the high jump. In the hurdles, she shone by placing third in the 100m hurdles D1 with a time of 14.81. She also won all-state honors in the 300 hurdles with a personal best 45.39.
Lailah PalmerBirmingham Groves
As a sophomore last year, Palmer was an all-state D1 finisher in the 100 and 200 and boasts PRs of 12.29 and 25.08 in those events, respectively. Once again, she is expected to be among the best in the state this spring.
Morgan Roundtree, Oak Park
As a freshman last year, Roundtree was part of Oak Park’s impressive 1-2-3 sweep in the D1 100 hurdles, finishing second with a time of 14.75. She then finished sixth at the Nike Outdoor Nationals with a time of 14.10. She also took third place in the D1 300m hurdles final last year with a personal best 44.66. At the Junior Olympics, she cut her time in the 100 hurdles to 13.90.
Payton Scheffler, Woodhaven
Mid distance, distance
Scheffler had a strong freshman year after racing mostly the 400 and 800 last spring. This season, however, you’ll see her run well over 1600s after placing third in the indoor competition with a time of 4:59.43. She also lowered her 800 PR to 2:17.31 this winter, setting herself up for a big outdoor season.
Elizabeth Tracy, Livonie Churchill
She managed to keep her best for the D1 state finals last year when she won all-state honors in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She ran a PR of 15.37 in the 100 hurdles preliminaries in the final and ran a PR of 44.92 in the 300 hurdles finals.
Nonah Waldron, Oak Park
Waldron already established herself as the top hurdler in the state last season when she won state titles in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles titles. She is the fourth fastest girl in state history in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.56 and the ninth fastest in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.83 – and she did it all in second year. This winter, she established herself as a national powerhouse by winning the New Balance Indoor Nationals 60-meter hurdle race with a time of 8.35 and tying for the fourth-fastest athlete ever. the state.
Ava Wojciechowski, Walled Lake Central
Although she narrowly missed D1 finishes in shot put and discus last year, she is one of the top throwers returning to the scene this year. With a PR of 39-foot-3 in the shot put and 123-foot-9 in the discus, she will be a threat to win state titles in both events this year.