4-Year-Comparison: The Class of 2022 Looks Strong

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This year's freshman girls class is looking like it could shape up to be one of the best in the last four years. There have been some big-name talents who've emerged and made a name for themselves on the national stage. One of them is Muskegon Western Michigan Christian's Abby Vanderkooi. The freshman has run the fastest time in the class of 2022 with her 16:57.30 at the GMAA Invitational. That hasn't been her only impressive performance, though: She's run sub-18-minutes in all but one of her 12 outings so far this season. 

Number of Freshmen In The Top 100 Over The Past Four Years:

  • 2018 - 22
  • 2017 - 24
  • 2016 - 28
  • 2015 - 26
Number of Freshmen In The Top 500 Over The Past Four Years:
  • 2018 - 105
  • 2017 - 128
  • 2016 - 131
  • 2015 - 136

She's not the only one running well through this year's freshmen girls class has 22 girls already in the top 100 freshmen times from the past four years. If you look at the numbers they have fewer times in the top 100 than previous classes but several of the top times in those classes came from Region, State, and National meets which are still on the horizon for many in the class of 2022.

Check out the top 500 times for each of the freshmen classes from 2015 to 2018 and where they all stack up against each other in the four-year freshmen class rankings.