21 Rockford harriers compete in Foot Locker regional championships

Manett earns All Midwest Regional honors, qualifies for nationals 

Celebrating great racing in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional are Rockford runners (front row, l–r) Tyler Harney, Colin Reichenbach, Grant Aman, Noah Watson, Chris Coles, Austin Benoit, Casey Aman, Drew Woznick, Tyler Aman; (middle row) Kerianne Schoff, Taylor Manett, Becca Featherston, Kelsey Kaczor, Maja Hill; (back row) Shelby Aman, Colleen Conroy, Jordan Vickery, Addie Pilarski, Allison Reichenbach, Hannah Twardy, Morgan Benoit, and Morgan Harney.

The Rockford community had 21 athletes compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wis. this past Saturday, Nov. 26. The 21 athletes competed in six different races throughout the day.

Michigan Ms. Cross Country, Taylor Manett, earned the highest honors of the day in placing fourth in the “Girls Seeded” division, which made her a member of the All Midwest Regional team and qualified her for the Foot Locker national championship race, which will take place in San Diego, Calif. in two weeks. Manett is the fifth girl in Rockford history to qualify for the national championship. Her time of 17:35 on the University of Wisconsin, Parkside cross-country course was the fastest ever by a Rockford girl.

Juniors Jordan Vickery, Allison Reichenbach, Addie Pilarski and Colleen Conroy along with senior Kelsey Kaczor were the other competitors in the “Girls Seeded” division. Vickery ran a time of 20:54 which placed her 157th. Conroy finished in 221st with Reichenbach close behind in 224th, with times of 23:44 and 24:09 respectively. Pilarksi came across in 233rd in a time of 24:36 and Kaczor finished in 253rd in a time of 28:38.

The “Girls Freshman-Sophomore” division saw sophomore Morgan Harney claim a medal by placing 19th, posting a time of 20:35. Freshmen Kerianne Schoff and Maja Hill were the next two finishers from Rockford, in 27th and 45th places with times of 21:14 and 22:19 respectively. Sophomores Rebecca Featherston and Hannah Twardy along with freshman Shelby Aman completed the racing, with Featherston claiming 56th, Aman 57th and Twardy 62nd, with times of 24:08, 24:23 and 27:17 respectively.

The “Open” division had the youngest competitor from Rockford competing. Morgan Benoit raced to a time of 20:50, which placed her fourth in the 1-17 age division.

Two boys from Rockford competed in the “Seeded” division, both of whom were juniors. Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit raced to times of 16:39 and 17:05 respectively, which claimed 152nd and 186th places.

The “Boys Junior-Senior” division had five Rockford runners, three of whom medaled by placing in the top 24. Senior Tyler Harney claimed fourth place and posted the fastest Rockford time of the day in16:27. Juniors Casey Aman and Chris Coles also medaled by placing sixth and 17th while racing16:44 and 16:55. Juniors Grant Aman and Tyler Aman concluded the racing in this division, placing 49th and 114th with times of 17:23 and 18:07.

The “Boys Freshman-Sophomore” division featured one Rockford competitor. Freshman Colin Reichenbach raced to a time of 18:40, which claimed him 107th place.

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