The Rockford Lady Rams cross country team completed a perfect OK Red season by winning the conference championship race with a score of 45 points to defeat host East Kentwood at 50, Grand Haven 60, Grandville 75, Jenison 141, Hudsonville 153, West Ottawa 207 and Muskegon at 223.
“Our seniors were conference champs their freshman year and it has taken us until their senior year to get it back, so it is a nice way to send them off,” stated Coach Watson of the championship effort.
The Lady Rams used their team depth to distance themselves from the competition by claiming four All Conference positions and two Honorable Mention All Conference positions.
“We really have a very deep team this season and, though our best girl finished third, our final point scorer was 13th,” said Coach Watson.
Jane Hawks and Taylor Manett led the Rams’ effort by placing third and sixth respectively. The next three Lady Rams, Sam Anderson, Katie Carlson and Sawyer Rocheleau, sealed the victory by packing together in 11th, 12th and 13th places respectively. Senior Megan Knape—filling in for Catie Rietsema, who sat out due to a sore ankle—claimed 18th place, earning Honorable Mention honors. Allison Hazy rounded out the placing with a 43rd-place finish.
“After our top three, we were behind East Kentwood by nine points, but our fourth and fifth outdistanced their girls by 14 points, giving us the championship. It takes a whole team to get the job done, and that is how we competed today, as a team,” said Coach Watson.
The Lady Rams will now take their number-one state ranking with them to the regional championship Saturday, Oct. 31, at Carson City, where they will meet up with returning state champions Traverse City Central, who is currently ranked number three. Racing will begin for Rockford’s Lady Rams at 2:00 p.m. with the men’s team competing at 3:00 p.m.