In another dominant performance, the Rockford men’s cross-country team won the conference meet on Thursday, Oct. 20, claiming the conference championship over second-place finisher Grand Haven. Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit led the way for the Rams, taking first and second place. Casey Aman took fourth place and was followed by Chris Coles (seventh), Tyler Harney (10th), Andrew Pitcher (11th) and Gran Aman (15th). The Rams also dominated the junior varsity race, taking four of the top five places. Conner Jewel took first place, followed by Marc Lehman (third), Mark Cruickshank (fourth) and Caleb Cuneo (fifth). Rockford’s harriers head off to the regional meet to be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at Allendale High School.
The Rockford High School boys cross country team hit the road on Saturday, Sept. 10 to compete at the Bath Invitational. Five of the Rams’ seven varsity harriers recorded personal best times in the 5K race, earning a second-place finish behind Saline High School. Saline’s Nick Renberg bested the field of 78 runners with a smoking hot time of 15:49. Finishing in second place for the Rams was Drew Woznick with a personal best time of 16:17. Woznick was followed across the finish line by Austin Benoit in ninth place, Casey Aman (10th), Tyler Harney (14th), Chris Coles (16th), Grant Aman (20th) and Mark Cruickshank (26th). Rockford won the junior varsity race for the sixth straight year, taking the top three places. The Rams were led by senior Andrew Pitcher with a time of 17:15, followed by fellow seniors Connor Jewell and Mark Lehman. Rockford’s Mitch Switzer and Tyler Aman also had strong races, finishing among the top nine places. The Ram harriers have a busy week scheduled, featuring a dual meet at East Kentwood on Wednesday Sept. 14, the Spartan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 16, and the Sparta Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 17.
by Chris Cruickshank The Rockford High School boys cross county team participated in split squad events over the weekend, with the varsity team running at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing on Friday, Sept. 17, and the junior varsity team running at the Sparta Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18. As it had been for the past few years, the Sparta Invitational was wet and slippery. Due to passing thunder and lightning early on, it was delayed 90 minutes. But the delay had little effect on the Rams, who took the top 11 places in the junior varsity race. The Rams’ Austin Benoit led from start to finish, completing the rain-soaked course in 17:58. Rounding out the top 11 spots for the Rams with a 47-second spread were Casey Aman, Evan Bruin, Andrew Pitcher, Tyler Harney, Conner Jewell, Nate McQueen, Cam Fasel, Grant Aman, Tim Newberger and Matt Albano. Coach Martin commented, “The guys ran very well today considering the conditions. What I liked most is that they came out and pushed the pace from the very beginning and ran together—each of the top 15 Ram finishers ran with and finished near at least one other teammate. We practice running in groups to help push each other.” Next up, the Rams harriers run at East Rockford Middle School against East Kentwood on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Gainey Complex, located on East Paris Drive in Kentwood.