By RANDY GREGORY
It was expected to be a dog fight and that was exactly what transpired when the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Division 1 Boy’s Regional took place at Grand Haven High School on Friday, May 17th. When the final points had been tallied it was a draw for the top spot as both Rockford and Kenowa Hills totaled 100 points apiece.
It was the first-place power of the Rams versus the superior depth of the Knights and neither team had enough of an advantage in either category to claim the top prize. Rockford took first in five separate events, including three of the four relays. Austin Benoit and Drew Woznick had huge days both as individuals and as part of relay teams to lead the charge.
Benoit took first in the 1600-meter run (4:18.84) and second in the 800 (1:57.04) as an individual, and was part of both the 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams that both took first. Woznick claimed the top spot in the 800-meter run at 1:55.15 and was also a member of the 4×400 and 4×800 relay squads.
Nate Woznick was also instrumental for the Rams with a second-place finish in the 400-meter run (51.16) and as part of the first-place winning 4×200 and 4×400 relay quartets. The other two competitors on the 4×800 team were Grant and Casey Aman. The other runner in the 4×400 was Blake McDonald and Nick Simms, KC Zenner and Scott Kaule comprised the other sprinters on the 4×200 team.
The times for the winning relay teams were 1:31.51 in the 4×200, 3:27.15 in the 4×400 and 7:54.41 in the 4×800. All of the above teams and individuals qualified for the Division 1 state meet that will be held at East Kentwood on Saturday, June 1st. The MHSAA will release the list of additional qualifiers later this week and the seeding of all the Ram contestants will be known at that time.