by Chris Cruickshank
Some of the participants in the Wednesday, Oct. 13 boys cross-country race weren’t even born in 1996 when the Rockford High School boys cross-county team lost their last dual meet. But something has to give when two unbeaten squads clash, and unfortunately, it was the Rams’ record. The Grand Haven Buccaneers took first, third and a tightly contested fourth place, which was enough for the team victory.
Spencer Gerber led the way for the Rams, taking second place with a time of 16:27. He was followed by teammates Drew Woznick, Austin Benoit and Devon Liu, who took fifth, sixth and seventh place, respectively. The loss raises the stakes of the October 22 conference meet, where the Rams will try to maintain their 15-year strangle hold on the OK Red league title.
The Rams quickly returned to their winning ways on Saturday, Oct. 16, taking team first place at the Kent County Invitational. Once again, Gerber was the first Ram across the finish line with a time of 16:06, which was good enough for second place. Six other Rams finished the 3.1-mile course under 16:47, including Woznick, Liu, Casey Aman, Chris Coles, Steven Ek and Benoit.
In the junior varsity race, Rockford dominated by taking nine of the top 15 places. Evan Bruin took first place, followed by Grant Aman (second), Nate MacQueen (third), Tyler Harney (fourth), Marc Lehman (sixth), Andrew Pitcher (eighth), Cam Fasel, (11th), Mark Cruickshank (13th) and Mike Greko (15th).
On Friday, Oct. 22, the Rams return to Grand Haven to defend their OK Red league championship at the conference meet.