Rockford Boys Track Team

Several Rams close out year with solid effort at state track meet

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY The boys track team at Rockford faced adversity with increasing frequency as the season progressed. Illness, injury and untimely suspensions combined to gradually dissipate the point potential of a Ram squad that persevered their way to several notable accomplishments. A regional title, several strong showings at invitationals and a second-place finish in an always-challenging OK Red conference highlighted the season. The season concluded on Saturday, June 2 in the Division I state meet at East Kentwood. The Rams amassed 10 points as a team in extremely windy conditions that were not conducive to performance. Rockford scored points in three separate events and suffered a few mishaps in the sprint relays that kept them from more. “Considering everything, it was a year that we were pretty happy with,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “We had a few issues over the course of the season, but that does nothing to diminish what we accomplished both as a team and on an individual basis. Drew Woznick ran a very nice 1,600-meter and had a great year all around. Chris Eggenberger was a standout for us in the sprints and the 4×800 relay team had a good finish too. We had a few bad hand-offs that hurt us in the shorter relays, but it was a pretty satisfying day for us.” Woznick finished third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:23.07. That was less than three seconds from first for the talented junior. Eggenberger finished seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.56. The 4×800 relay quartet of Austin Benoit, Casey Aman, Chris Coles and Woznick also ran to a seventh-place finish with a season best time of 7:55.14. “We are really going to miss this year’s seniors next year,” said Martin. “But we have some talented juniors coming back, including all four members of the 4×800 team. In some ways it was a year of what could have been. But that shouldn’t take away from all the positives this year produced.”

Woznick tops 800-meter record, Rams continue making strides

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY Drew Woznick set a new school record in the 800-meter race for the Rockford boys track team in a dual meet against Grand Haven on Thursday, May 3 at Rockford with a time of 1:54.68. The record had been held since 1998 with a time of 1:54.9 by Jason Hartmann. Not to put any pressure on Woznick, but Hartmann has since gone on to a storied career that included a fourth-place finish at this year’s Boston Marathon. Woznick took an early lead in the race as he kept Buccaneer standout Schalk Vanniekerk at bay until the final 130 meters. Vanniekerk nosed ahead at that point, but Woznick stayed right on his heels as the two frantically raced for the finish line. With 20 meters to go, Woznick pulled even with Vanniekerk and out-leaned him at the wire to win by .13 seconds. “It was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “You usually see finishes like that in a 100- or 200-meter race. Drew just refused to lose and everyone in the place was on their feet cheering both of them on. Earlier in the meet he had run a 1:57 800-meter split in the 3,200 relay and to come back with a race like that is unbelievable.” As a team, Rockford easily outpaced both Jenison on Tuesday and Grand Haven on Thursday to close out the OK Red regular season at 6-1 and finish one spot behind East Kentwood. They finished the week by sending a limited squad to the Red Hawk Invitational on Saturday, May 5. Several other Ram athletes also had notable performances on the week. Ben Braden swept the discus and the shot put in both dual meets. In the process, Braden set a new personal record of 162′ 7″ in the discus on Tuesday, May 1 at Jenison. That topped his old mark by better than six feet. Justin Wustman went 19′ 10.25″ in the long jump to better his previous best by a foot and a half. And Casey Aman ran a 9:45.12 3,200-meter at the Red Hawk Invitational to shatter his previous best mark as well. The stage is now set for the OK Red conference track […]

Rams prep for showdown with strong week

April 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

The boys track team at Rockford got the 2012 season underway with a resounding 111-26 win over West Ottawa at home on Thursday, April 12 in the OK Red opener. They completed the week with a second-place showing at the inaugural Rockford Track Invitational on Saturday, April 14. The Rams tallied 501 points to come in behind only Williamston (557.5) despite having several key cogs missing from the lineup. “Thursday was a great meet and a good start to the season,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “We ran tough and we ran hard as a team. We feel like we could have won as a team on Saturday, but we were missing some kids due to illnesses and other things, but you also have to overcome things as well. It was a great day Saturday and it will hopefully become an annual event. We got great feedback from all of the schools that were here.” “This week should set us up well for next week’s meet against East Kentwood,” continued Coach Martin. “They have beaten every team in the state of Michigan by 60 points over the last three years. Thursday should be a fun night for everyone and we think we match up pretty well with them. They have an edge in certain events and I think we have an edge in other events. I can’t wait and the kids are pretty excited as well.” Ben Braden set a new personal record in the shot put at 52′ 9″ and also took the discus against West Ottawa. Chris Eggenberger won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and Drew Woznick also was a multiple event winner by claiming the 800- and 1,600-meter races. In Saturday’s invitational, it was again a huge day for Eggenberger. He took the 100 meters in 11.24 seconds and the 200 meters in 22.86 while also taking part in the first-place 400-meter relay squad that ran a solid 44.39 second time. Brandon Lubenow was also a part of the 400-meter relay time as well as taking the high jump at 6′ 3” and coming in second in the 100 meters. Kim Gilbert and Jeremy Blauser were the other members of the 400-meter relay team. The final winners on the day for Rockford […]