Lady Rams track and field prepared for conference championship

Rockford’s varsity girls track team of (front row, l–r) Rachel Jerrils, Sarah Neideck, Becky Caywood, Danielle Putterman, Emma Breen, Kelcie Severson, Krysten Fischer, (back row) Jane Hawks, Alyssa Durkin, Abby Blanchard, Sarah Birkmeier, Catie Rietsema, Rachel Herald and Katie Carlson displays winning trophies from the Rams’ victory at the Don Mitchell Roosevelt Memorial meet in Dayton, Ohio.

Rockford’s varsity girls track team of (front row, l–r) Rachel Jerrils, Sarah Neideck, Becky Caywood, Danielle Putterman, Emma Breen, Kelcie Severson, Krysten Fischer, (back row) Jane Hawks, Alyssa Durkin, Abby Blanchard, Sarah Birkmeier, Catie Rietsema, Rachel Herald and Katie Carlson displays winning trophies from the Rams’ victory at the Don Mitchell Roosevelt Memorial meet in Dayton, Ohio.

The Lady Rams of Rockford will put their undefeated OK Red record on the line this Friday, May 8, when they travel to Hudsonville for the OK Red conference track and field championship. Having narrowly defeated rival East Kentwood this past week by a score of 70-67, the Rams find themselves in familiar territory as they look to defend their 2008 conference championship.

Total team depth has been a strength for Rockford this season and will likely be the key to a successful Friday night for the Lady Rams. Some of the top performers for the Rams this season have been returning state champion pole vaulter, junior Sarah Birkmeier; the senior sprint trio of Emma Breen, Becky Caywood and Krysten Fischer along with sophomore Abby Blanchard; the hurdle duo of senior Danielle Putterman and junior Sam Mette; returning state runner-up high jumper, junior Rachel Herald; top throwers sophomore Emily Haliday, senior Hannah Readle and junior Kylie Basarabski; 400 runners juniors Katie Carlson and Rachel Jerrils; and distance runners senior Kelcie Severson, junior Alyssa Durkin, sophomores Catie Rietsema and Sarah Neideck, and freshman Jane Hawks.

The Rams have enjoyed invitational championships at the Wyoming Frank Grimm Relays and the GRPS Track and Field Invitational from earlier this season and won the Cedar Springs Red Hawk Invitational along with a runner-up finish at the Don Mitchell Memorial Track and Field Invitational in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend.

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