Fifty-four points, that was the margin of victory for the Lady Rams cross country team this past Saturday at the Division I regional championship in Carson City. The currently number-one-ranked Rams scored 21 points by placing their top five runners in the top seven, including individual regional champion Jane Hawks, to easily outdistance runner-up Grand Ledge, who had 75 points, and number-five-ranked Traverse City Central with 76 points.
“We ran incredibly well today. As the race was unfolding, you could see that the final results were going to be pretty awesome,” said Coach Ben Watson.
Sophomore Hawks took the overall lead in the race shortly after the mile mark and continued to push the pace until she hit the finish line with a winning time of 18:33, which was 22 seconds better than the second-place finisher, Julia Otwell from Traverse City Central.
“Jane looked pretty good racing today. She has really come on for us this season as being a top quality front-runner,” said Coach Watson.
The Lady Rams team domination came quickly following the second-place finisher with junior Catie Rietsema and senior Katie Carlson finishing in third and fourth places, both with season personal records of 19:00 and 19:06. Following the top Grand Ledge racer were sophomores Taylor Manett and Sam Anderson in sixth and seventh places with times of 19:21 and 19:25 respectively. Sophomore Sawyer Rocheleau and senior Megan Knape finished the racing for the Lady Rams with times of 20:08 and 20:09, which would have been good for top five finishes for any other team in the race.
“Our top five absolutely got the job done today. Each one of them are individually All Region and then our final two runners added points to all the other teams’ scores to make the margin of victory even greater,” said Coach Watson. “Over the next seven days we need to stay healthy and get into a positive mind-set that we are going to do great things at the state meet. If we do that, we should do very well at MIS.”
The Rams will be competing at the state championship meet Saturday, Nov. 7. Racing will be at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) with start times of 2:00 p.m. for the girls and 3:00 p.m. for the boys.