Rockford Rams Girs Varsity Track Team

Rams ease their way to MITCA Division I state title

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY In what has almost become a yearly right of passage, the girls track team from Rockford took home the top spot in the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) Division I State Championships held at Jenison High School on Saturday, May 26. The Rams totaled 731 points to top the runners-up from East Kentwood, who had 685 as a team. “We always strive to score the most points of any OK Red team regardless of the event,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “We did that, but as a whole our times and places were not where I thought they should have been. In a meet like this one, a 50-point lead can evaporate in a heartbeat. Our relay teams were a bright spot and I think three or all four of them ran their best times of the season. But as a whole, we were a little disappointed and I think we still need to develop a little better depth.” Rockford won five of the 17 events, but only two of them were by an individual. Taylor Manett won the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:54.09, and Rachel Raab took the shot put with a toss of 38′ 10″. The relay events were an entirely different story for Rockford, however. The only team that didn’t win was the 4×100 relay team that still ran a credible time of 49.30 seconds to finish second. The 4×200 relay team blew away the field with a time of 1:41.82 to top the field by nearly two seconds. The 4×400 crew (4:00.11) won by nearly seven seconds and the 4×800 quartet (9:17.88) bettered that by winning by over eight seconds. The members of the teams were: 4×100, Courtney Klaweiter, Sammy Cuneo, Allison Kelley and Elise Schierbeek; 4×200, Katie DeHaan, Klaweiter, Cuneo and Schierbeek; 4×400, Olivia Gilbert, Kelley, Klaweiter and DeHaan; 4×800, Jane Hawks, Morgan Harney, Kerianne Schoff and Manett. Where the Rams distanced themselves from the field was in the plethora of second- and third-place showings they were able to capture. Probably the biggest surprise was by Bri Malstrom, who just began competing in the long jump in the last few weeks. Malstrom had a second-place showing in the long jump with a leap of […]