The Lady Rams of Rockford claimed second place at the cross country state finals at Michigan International Speedway. The runner-up finish is the best for the Lady Rams since 2003, when they were second place in the state, and cements them as the state team of the decade.
“Being state runner-up is pretty incredible,” stated Coach Benjamin Watson. “It is the best finish for all the girls who are currently in the program and the best finish I have had in my coaching career. We wanted to come away nuamber one, but number two is still very rewarding and fun!”
Sophomore Jane Hawks capped off an incredible season with an 18th-place finish, which was good for All State honors. “Jane ran a very good race for us. She was sick last year at the state finals and did not have a fun experience that day, so I am happy that she was able to run well on the biggest stage and earn All State honors for herself and lead us to our team runner-up finish,” said Coach Watson.
Senior Katie Carlson finished her cross country career with an incredible 32nd-place finish, narrowly missing the top 30 and All State recognition. “Katie made the most of her final cross season. This was the first time in her career that she was a top seven runner for us and she is ending her career being All Conference, All Region and having a new lifetime personal record by over a minute,” stated Coach Watson.
Sophomore Taylor Manett, junior Catie Rietsema and sophomore Sawyer Rocheleau finished the scoring for the Lady Rams with places of 53rd, 58th and 75th respectively. Sophomore Sam Anderson and junior Allison Hazy finished the team effort for the Lady Rams with places of 93rd and 155th.
“These girls all competed hard, much like they have done all season. They enjoy running and working hard, and that is what allowed us to finish in second place in the entire state. We will have all of them back except one next year, so things are looking good for the future,” said Coach Watson.