By RANDY GREGORY
Year after year the girl’s track team from Rockford has been one of the finest units in the state. They normally roll through the OK Red (with the exception of East Kentwood) and come out at or near the top of every invitational they compete in. Half of that equation held true as the girls kicked off the 2013 season this week. The week commenced with the Rams squeaking by Grandville 68-67 to kick off the OK Red season on Tuesday, April 16th. They followed that up by obliterating the field in taking home the top spot in the Warrior Invitational at Chippewa Hills on Saturday, April 29th with 194 points. That total beat their closest competitors (Chippewa Hills) by a thundering margin of 71 points.
Rockford claimed the top rung on the podium in 10 of the 17 events contested against 10 other schools in the Warrior Invitational. Leading the charge in the decisive victory were the four relay squads. All four took home first place in dominating fashion. Sammy Cuneo and Rachel Raab both claimed a pair of individual titles for Rockford. Cuneo took first in the 100 and 200-meter dashes with times of 12.99 and 26.14 seconds respectively. Raab crushed the field in taking first in both the shot put and discus with throws of 39’11” and 125’9” respectively. Cuneo was also part of the victorious 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. Makayla Clum and Allison Kelley also ran a leg on three of the four relay-winning teams.
The 4×100 team posted a time of 51.59 seconds and consisted of Clum, Kelley, Cuneo and Emily Wilburn. The 4×200 squad won in 1:48.11 and was manned by Clum, Kelley, Cuneo and Maria Anel. The 4×400 team won in 4:20.03 and was run by Clum, Kelley, Kerianne Schoff and Morgan Harney. The 4×800 quartet was Schoff, Harney, Lauren Brasure and Morgan Benoit and swamped the field with a time of 9:59.46.
Maria Anel and Wilburn also brought home the top spot in an individual event as well. Anel took the 400-meter run with a time of 1:02.17 and Wilburn won the 300-meter hurdles at 51.63 seconds.
Rockford also had a pair of second-place showings. Maja Hill was the runner-up at 800-meters with a time of 2:29.86 and Maegan McCarthy took second to her teammate in the discus with a fine toss of 116’7”.