Lady Rams cross country claims second at MSU, fourth at Sparta

The Rockford women’s cross country team split and competed in two events last weekend, placing well in each. On Friday, Sept. 12, the Lady Rams claimed second place in the MSU Spartan Invitational that was hosting 19 schools, of which eight had top 10 state rankings.

“To place second at the Spartan Invitational is a real good indicator of how good our team is,” said Coach Watson. “Most of the best teams in the state were here, and to only lose by four points is really encouraging. We have just a little ground to catch up between now and the end of the season.”

The Rams were led by Catie Rietsema’s 15th-place finish and Kelcie Severson’s 19th-place finish. Sarah Niedeck, Anna Bos and Sam Anderson finished the scoring for the Rams by placing 28th, 37th and 39th. Jane Hawks and Allison Hazy finished in 47th and 70th place respectively.

“We had six of our seven runners record their season best in terms of time, so that makes for a great day,” said Coach Watson.

The remaining 25 Lady Rams competed in the Sparta Invitational on Saturday, where they claimed a fourth-place finish in the varsity division and first place in the junior varsity division.

“The girls really competed well today. With non-stop rain, you can’t base everything on time. You just have to compete against the competition and survive,” said Coach Watson.

Ashley Kasul, Megan Knape, Ashley Czehowski, Elyse Sholtis, Sydeney Savage, Katie Carlson and Chelsea Shibler competed for the Rams in the varsity portion of the race.

“To place fourth out of nine teams was a very good finish considering we were racing against other teams’ true varsity squads. These girls would be top seven runners on almost all the other teams in the area, so this was a good opportunity for them to race against varsity competition,” said Coach Watson.

The JV race displayed the Rams’ depth as they claimed eight of the top 11 spots, led by sophomore Molly Brasure’s first-place finish.

“Our JV really ran well and showed how deep our team is,” commented Coach Watson.

The Rams compete at East Rockford Middle School two times this week. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, they host Grand Haven and Muskegon, and on Saturday, Sept. 20, they will compete in the Falcon-Cougar Invitational.

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