Several Rams close out year with solid effort at state track meet

by RANDY GREGORY

The boys track team at Rockford faced adversity with increasing frequency as the season progressed. Illness, injury and untimely suspensions combined to gradually dissipate the point potential of a Ram squad that persevered their way to several notable accomplishments. A regional title, several strong showings at invitationals and a second-place finish in an always-challenging OK Red conference highlighted the season.

The season concluded on Saturday, June 2 in the Division I state meet at East Kentwood. The Rams amassed 10 points as a team in extremely windy conditions that were not conducive to performance. Rockford scored points in three separate events and suffered a few mishaps in the sprint relays that kept them from more.

“Considering everything, it was a year that we were pretty happy with,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “We had a few issues over the course of the season, but that does nothing to diminish what we accomplished both as a team and on an individual basis. Drew Woznick ran a very nice 1,600-meter and had a great year all around. Chris Eggenberger was a standout for us in the sprints and the 4×800 relay team had a good finish too. We had a few bad hand-offs that hurt us in the shorter relays, but it was a pretty satisfying day for us.”

Woznick finished third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:23.07. That was less than three seconds from first for the talented junior. Eggenberger finished seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.56. The 4×800 relay quartet of Austin Benoit, Casey Aman, Chris Coles and Woznick also ran to a seventh-place finish with a season best time of 7:55.14.

“We are really going to miss this year’s seniors next year,” said Martin. “But we have some talented juniors coming back, including all four members of the 4×800 team. In some ways it was a year of what could have been. But that shouldn’t take away from all the positives this year produced.”

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