Rockford Mens Cross Country team takes third at state finals

By Chris Cruickshank

 

Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit battle for position during the State Finals Meet

The Ram harriers took it on the road to the Michigan International Speedway to cap off their season at Saturday’s State Finals Meet. In another stellar team performance the Rams kicked their way to a third place finish behind Waterford-Mott and this year’s champion Highland-Milford.

The Rams were led by Austin Benoit, who saved his best race for last, posting a personal record time of 15:42 which earned him 22nd place. Drew Woznick also ran well, finishing 29th with a time of 15:44. Casey Aman was the next Ram across the finish line with a personal record time of 16:05, followed by Chris Coles with a time of 16:14, Isaac Harding also with a time of 16:14, Grant Aman with a time of 16:22 and Caleb Cuneo with a time of 17:37.

Benoit and Woznick were awarded All State honors for being among the top 30 finishers. Incredibly, there were 16 runners who finished below the 16:00 mark that did not make the All State team, which speaks to the lightening quick pace of this year’s fianls. It was quite a year of accomplishments for the Rams as they claimed the Conference and Regional Championships and capped it off in grand style taking third place at the State Finals. Well done!

The Rams bid farewell to their hard working seniors, who included: Casey, Grand and Tyler Aman, Austin Benoit, Craig Bradley, Seth Carozza, Chris Coles, Mark Cruickshank, Caleb Cuneo, Trent Davis, Tyler Dykstra, Brenden Hoekstra, Drake Kempf, Karson Konkle, Logan Stulp and Drew Woznick. They in turn, wish good luck to coaches Martin and Miller and their returning teammates.

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