Rockford Girls Track Team

Ram girls cap off perfect season in conference track meet

May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY After running the table (7-0) in the dual meet portion of the regular season, the girls track team from Rockford knew things could get a little dicier at the OK Red conference meet at West Ottawa on Friday, May 11. That was precisely what happened as the Rams managed to overcome a disappointing effort in the field events to top the field with 162 points. East Kentwood, as they had done during the regular season, finished second with 148 points. “We put ourselves behind the eight ball in the field events,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “We were probably about forty points in the hole early on. It took everybody chipping in and digging deep to get us out of that early hole. You could take an All Star team from this conference and go to the state meet and the rest of the state couldn’t touch them. There were events where six or seven girls ran state-qualifying times. To come back against this level of competition is outstanding and speaks to the effort and determination of our athletes.” The unquestioned star of the night for Rockford was senior distance runner Taylor Manett. Of the 162 points accumulated by the Rams, Manett had a hand in 38 of them. She won the 1,600 meters in a meet record time of 5:01.01, the 800 meters in 2:14.90 and the 3,200 meters in 11:00.25. She also ran a leg on the second-place finishing 3,200-meter team. “We knew we needed Taylor to come through for us and boy did she ever,” said VanderVeen. “Taylor is kind of a throwback runner to the early 2000s for Rockford in distance running. At that time we had a lot of depth and a lot of girls with great versatility from 800 to 3,200 meters. She is the first distance runner I can remember in a while who helped account for so many team points.” Keeping with the theme of last week, another school record fell for the Rams on Friday. This time it was the 800-meter relay quartet of Elise Schierbeek, Sammy Cuneo, Courtney Klaweiter and Katie DeHaan, who ran a blistering 1:42.07 to break a two-year-old mark of 1:42.16. That previous mark was a state championship winning […]

Rockford girls track takes second at Spartan Classic, stay on top of OK Red

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY The girls track team from Rockford stayed firmly atop the OK Red standings with a pair of dominant wins last week. The Rams began the week by topping Grandville 89-48 on Tuesday, April 24, and followed that up by trouncing Hudsonville 99-38 on Thursday, April 26. They then ventured to East Lansing on Friday, April 27, to take part in the Spartan Classic at Michigan State University. The defending state champs from Grosse Pointe South were there and it gave Rockford a chance to see how they matched up with them this year. Grosse Pointe South captured the title, but the Rams were fairly close behind and knew it could have been much closer save for one thing. “We left some points out there where we knew we should have scored,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “Grosse Pointe South has a lot of the team back from last year and added a couple of talented transfers. They will definitely be the favorites again, but I think we were able to see the things we need to improve on and some of their weaknesses that may enable us to keep it in the ball park the next time around.” Courtney Klaweiter won the 100-meter dash for the Rams and also ran a leg of both the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays that took first place. Rachel Raab was a double individual winner for Rockford as she took the shot put at 38’11” and the discus at 112′. Sammy Cuneo, Elise Schierbeek and Allison Kelley were the other three members of the winning 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. Katie DeHaan was second in the pole vault at 10’6″. The 4×800 relay team of Jane Hawks, Morgan Harney, Taylor Manett and Kerianne Schoff placed second as well as the 4×400 quartet of Maria Anel, Olivia Gilbert, DeHaan and Klaweiter. Manett was second in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Anel was also second in the open 400-meter race. “Things are shaping up pretty nicely for us as a team so far,” said VanderVeen. “The girls are a little tired after all of the races we ran last week, but that happens occasionally when you have to cram so many conference meets into such a short window. […]