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.
The Rockford boys cross-country team started off the 2011 campaign with a solid win at their own invitational meet, held on Saturday, August 27. The meet featured three races that saw a total of seven Rams finish the 5K course under the 18-minute mark. The first race featured the top five upperclassmen; the second race the top five underclassmen, and a junior varsity race for the remainder of the team. In the upperclassman varsity race, the Rams took the top five places. Junior Casey Aman finished first with a time of 17:21. Following Aman were senior Tyler Harney, juniors Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit, and senior Marc Lehman. Mitch Switzer and Colin Reichenbach took third and fourth place, respectively, in the underclassmen race for the Rams. Rockford’s Kenan Swihart, Matt Albano and Justin Meuser also participated in this race. In the junior varsity race, Rockford took the top 15 places. Finishing first for the Rams was Mark Cruickshank with a time of 17:28. Grant Aman, Chris Coles, Connor Jewell and Andrew Pitcher rounded out the top five places for the Rams. The Rockford harriers will next compete in the Bath Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10.