The women’s cross country team of Rockford claimed first place at the inaugural Kent County Cross Country Championship this past Saturday, Oct. 17. Though only nine teams in Kent County participated, the start line featured some very highly ranked teams in Rockford and East Kentwood in Division I state rankings of number one and number six, and East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Christian in Division II state rankings of number one and number two.
“This field was extremely competitive today,” said Coach Ben Watson. “Kent County is home to some great cross country teams and the race today featured a number of them.”
Sophomore Jane Hawks once again led the way for the Rams in turning in an individual runner-up effort with a fast time of 18:33. Next for the Lady Rams with strong performances were Taylor Manett and Catie Rietsema who finished with times of 19:05 and 19:18 respectively, good for sixth and seventh place. Senior Katie Carlson continued her stand-out season by turning in a lifetime personal record of 19:21, which was good for eighth place and bettered her previous best by 14 seconds. Rounding out the scoring for the Rams was Allison Hazy with a time of 20:10, which was good for 19th place. Sawyer Rocheleau concluded the varsity racing with a time of 20:46.
“We had a couple great races which allowed us to come out with the victory, but in the weeks ahead we are going to need seven great races in order to accomplish some of the goals we have set for ourselves,” said Watson.
The Lady Rams, who have an undefeated dual meet record, will be competing for the OK Red conference championship this Thursday, Oct. 22, at East Kentwood with races starting at 3:00 p.m.