Girls’ cross country takes 5th in East Lansing and 3rd in Sparta

Medich (left) and Beach (right) work their way forward at Sparta Invitational.

Medich (left) and Beach (right) work their way forward at Sparta Invitational.

Brasure midrace.

Brasure midrace.

The Lady Rams were put to the test last week as they split into two squads to compete in separate, back-to-back invitationals. Rockford’s reserves were called upon to produce a second varsity squad, and the results again displayed this team’s strong depth of talent.

Rockford’s primary varsity squad traveled to East Lansing on Friday to run against a very competitive field at the MSU Spartan Invitational.  Top runners from across the state gathered to test each other’s mettle in the “Spartan Elite” race.  Lady Rams earned a very respectable 5th place in the event as individual runners continued to show personal improvement in their 5K times.

Senior Lauren Brasure ran an incredibly quick 17:47 to take 2nd place, beating all comers except a single runner from Birmingham Seaholm. Junior Kerianne Schoff also finished with an exceptional time at 18:18 to take 10th place.  Rockford’s other scoring runners included Morgan Harney (19:09), Maja Hill (19:23) and Natalie Napolillo (19:27).  Brasure, Schoff and junior Paige Parker (19:45) all posted personal best times during the race.

These girls then traveled to Sparta on Saturday morning bearing smiles to cheer on their team mates in the nearby Sparta Invitational.  The top seven runners from Rockford’s remaining team were organized into a second varsity squad for the event’s Division 1 race. All scoring runners placed in the top 20 to earn a 3rd place showing for the Lady Rams.

Sophomores Larissa Medich (19:55) and Avri Beach (20:17) finished 4th and 8th, respectively. Freshman Jessica Bernhardt (20:39) placed 12th, and sophomores Tiana Colovos (21:01) and Lainie Switzer (21:10) took 18th and 20th places, in order.  Medich, Beach, Bernhardt and Switzer all posted personal best times on the course.

The remaining Lady Rams participated in the Division 1 junior varsity race where 18 runners also posted personal best times. This squad was led by Savannah Hovingh (22:01), Annika Barnard (22:44) and Kennedy Brown (22:47) who each placed in the event’s top 20 runners.

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