ANN ARBOR The 2022 track and field season for boys athletes in Ann Arbor should be competitive from start to finish.
This spring, here is a list of some of the best athletes in the field.
Chelsea, Connell Alford
Alford was ranked fifth in the 3200 in 9:43.47 and placed eighth in the 1600 with a time of 4:28.06 in the D2 state finals as a freshman.
Ann Arbor Huron, Braxton Brann
After Trey Gardette's graduation, Brann will take on the top spot as a sprinter in the River Rats this spring. He's ranked 14th in the 200-meter dash (22.68) and took the 10th in the 300 hurdles (41.21).
Milan, Ethan Budd
Budd has reclaimed the rank of one of the top seniors in the high jump in the United States after finishing seventh in the event with a 5-foot jump and 11 inches at the state championship last year.
Dexter, Cole Cabana
In last year's D1 state championships, the Michigan football commit is one of the state's finest sprinters.
Skyline for Sanjay Rao and Ann Arbor
Rao should be one of Skyline's most well-known runners in the 800, having already set a personal best time and won the event at an SEC event this spring.
Jordan Ratliff, and Ypsilanti Lincoln are all on the rise.
Ratliff will reprise his position this spring and has already won the 1600 at the SEC Invite with a time of 4:26.44.
Chelsea, Ryan Scott
Scott was one of the best shot putters in the D2 last year as he ranked eighth in the state finals with a throw of 48-6, which set a personal record.
Dexter, Cole Sheldon
Sheldon returns to the D1 state championship with a goal of winning the pole vault. At last year's finals, Sheldon scored 15-foot, 3-inches to defeat teammate Noah Schultz.
Milan: Zach Spradlin
Spradlin won several first-place finishes in both the 110 and 300 hurdles last year, putting Spradling 12th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.63.
Ypsilanti Lincoln, Melik Williams
Williams has returned to the ranks as one of the top athletes in the country after finishing 6th in the 110 hurdles (15.56) at the D1 state finals last season.