November 10 2011

Rockford harriers wrap up successful season

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The Rockford High School men’s cross-country team continued to leverage their tremendous team depth to win the regional meet at Allendale High School on Saturday, Oct. 29. “Today was just another example of how important every guy is to this team,” said Coach Andrew Martin, commenting on how different Rams have led the way to victory in their last three races. “And we had an average time of 16:29, which is pretty remarkable.” Senior Tyler Harney led the way for the Rams, posting a personal record time of 16:15, which was good for fourth place overall. Harney was followed by junior Drew Woznick, who took eighth place, junior Casey Aman in ninth place, senior Andrew Pitcher in 12th place, junior Chris Coles in 14th place, junior Grant Aman in 15th place and junior Austin Benoit in 25th place. Their finish resulted in 47 points, which bested second-place finisher Grand Haven’s 63 points and third-place finisher Grandville’s 87 points. Rockford’s junior varsity harriers followed suit, winning their race by taking five of the top 10 positions. Senior Marc Lehman led the way for the Rams with a time of 17:15. He was followed by Caleb Cuneo (fourth), Conner Jewel (sixth), Mark Cruickshank (eighth) and Matt Albano (10th). The Rams’ varsity team then headed to the state finals, held at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. on Saturday, Nov. 5, to finish off their season. After running head to head with the best harriers in the state, the Rams came away with a very respectable seventh-place finish. Benoit led the way for the Rams, finishing in 39th place with a time of 16:11. Next across the finish line was Harney who finished in 62nd place, followed by C. Aman who finished in 68th place. Pitcher saved his best race for last, posting a personal record time of 16:24, which was good for 71st place. Pitcher as followed by teammates Coles, G. Aman and Woznick. The race wrapped up a very successful season that saw Rockford achieve their goals of winning the conference and regional championships prior to competing at the state finals. The Rams now bid farewell to their senior teammates and set their sights on next year.

Lady Rams cross-country team claims fifth place at state championship

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The girls of the Rockford cross-country program continued a long string of top 10 finishes this past Saturday, Nov. 5, when they claimed fifth place in the Division I MHSAA state championships. “Rockford has a long history of excellent finishes at the state finals, and this adds one more year onto that long string,” said Coach Ben Watson. The Rams have finished no worse than sixth place at the state finals since 1998, a string of 14 years. Leading the Rams was once again the senior duo of Taylor Manett and Jane Hawks. Manett claimed the individual runner-up finish with a time of 17:24.0, narrowly missing winning the whole race by 1.4 seconds. “Taylor had an incredible race to cap off a stellar season. She has progressed from a state finals alternate her freshman year, to making our state team her sophomore year, being All State her junior year and now state runner-up and school record holder this year—really a great career,” said Watson. Hawks claimed All State honors as well for the second time in her career by placing 22nd with a season best time of 18:42. “Jane has been a member of our state championship team every year of high school, and to go out with another All State performance is a tribute to her consistency and commitment,” said Watson. “Both of these seniors will be missed in the future.” Finishing in the third and fourth spots for the Lady Rams were sophomores Morgan Harney and Lauren Brasure, each of whom ran lifetime personal records. Harney finished in 61st with Brasure close behind in 70th in times of 19:29 and 19:39 respectively. Three freshmen completed the team effort with Kerianne Schoff in 84th, Natalie Napolillo in 113th, and Maegan Roach in 124th. Their times were 19:47, 20:09 and 20:17 respectively. “This was the first state finals for each one of these five girls and I am extremely happy with their performances. We finished three spots higher than we were ranked and beat two teams we hadn’t beaten all year due to each girl’s performance,” said Watson.

RHS marching band places third at state finals

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The Rockford High School (RHS) marching band competed in the MCBA state championship at Ford Field on November 5. The band placed third in Flight 1 competition for the third consecutive year, with an overall score of 87.59. Drum major Jacob Hewitt was awarded an MCBA scholarship at the event. The band is performing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Thursday, Nov. 10 in preliminary competition for the Bands of America Grand National Championship.


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