The Rockford Rams women’s cross-country team claimed a victory at the Rockford Invitational on Saturday, August 29, by recording the low score of the 10 teams competing in the upperclassman/underclassman team competition.
The Rams’ day started with the upperclassman division recording 22 points, second to Grand Ledge at 16 points. Scoring for the Rams in this division were juniors Anna Bos and Catie Rietsema in fourth and fifth place with times of 19:32 and 20:22, and senior Katie Carlson in 13th place with a time of 20:45. Other Ram finishers in this race were juniors Molly Brasure (21:48) and Allison Hazy (22:03).
“We could have run a little faster, but overall these were pretty good performances against some tough competition,” stated Coach Watson. This race featured four previous All State runners in the competition.
The Ram underclassmen were faced with a six-point deficit in trying to earn the team title, and the racers were up to the challenge. Sophomore Taylor Manett led the way with a lifetime personal record of 19:34 in winning this race. Fellow classmates Jane Hawks and Sawyer Rocheleau finished in third and fifth places with times of 19:43 and 20:50 respectively. Freshmen Jordan Vickery and Colleen Conroy finished the racing for the Rams with times of 21:40 and 22:02 respectively. The underclassmen for the Rams scored a total of nine points for a team total of 31, distancing themselves from Grand Ledge, who finished with a total of 40.
“The underclassmen really came through with the performances we needed. Each sophomore ran two to three minutes faster at this race this season than they did last year as freshmen, so that is encouraging that the training they are doing is working,” stated Coach Watson.
The day concluded for the Rams with eight of the top 10 spots going to Rockford in the junior varsity race, with senior Megan Knape winning in a time of 21:54.
“This was a really good start to the season. Now we just need to keep working hard and improve a little each day, and see how fast we can get between now and the true championship races: conference, regional and state,” said Coach Watson.
The Rams’ next competition is Saturday September 12 at the Bath Invitational with the varsity races starting at 8:30 a.m.