Freshman Taylor Manett (Rockford) of the University of Michigan women’s cross country team was selected to represent Team USA at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge in Edinburgh, Scotland’s Holyrood Park Saturday, Jan. 5. She will be one of six members of Team USA competing in the Junior Women’s 4K race. Manett was selected by the USA Track & Field Cross country council based on her performances throughout her freshman season at Michigan. To be considered for nomination to the junior squad, athletes must be between the ages of 16-20 and must be a USA Track & Field member in good standing. “It’s a great opportunity for Taylor to represent the U.S. in international competition,” said head coach Mike McGuire. “USA Track & Field selected her off of her body of work she did representing the University of Michigan in cross country in the fall. It’s a just reward for the outstanding season she had as a Wolverine.” Manett was a consistent member of the Wolverines’ travel squad, competing for the Maize and Blue in all three championship races. In her career debut at the Big Ten Championships, Manett was Michigan’s fifth scorer, finishing 18th overall to help the Wolverines capture the Big Ten title. She was also a member of U-M’s second straight Great Lakes Region championship team and helped the Maize and Blue place fifth at the NCAA Championships. The Bupa Great Edinburgh Challenge is an international team challenge that includes senior and junior teams from Great Britain & N. Ireland, the USA and Europe competing in four separate races with the aim of taking the overall team challenge title. The winning team is determined by the best aggregate finishing positions over the four races. • • •
Even though the track and field season has ended, there was one Rockford athlete who was invited to run for “Team Michigan” at the Midwest Meet of Champions track meet in Indiana on Saturday, June 9. After the state meet (all divisions) last week, the officials look at the results and invite certain top senior finishers from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, form state teams, and then compete in this Midwest Meet of Champions. Rockford senior standout Taylor Manett, after earning All-State awards in all three of her events at the track and field state meet, was invited to race in the 1,600-meter run at this meet. Each athlete runs one event. Manett won the 1,600-meter run with a school record-breaking time of 4:49. Manett plans to continue her running with a full scholarship to the University of Michigan, where she was recruited for both cross country and track.
by RANDY GREGORY The girls track team from Rockford qualified in 12 different events for the Division I state meet held at East Kentwood on Saturday, June 2. They placed in nine of the 12 en route to amassing 35 points and finishing third. Grosse Pointe South took the top spot with 77.50 points and Ann Arbor Huron finished second with 64. “We had a pretty good day overall,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “I feel fairly comfortable in saying that if Sammy Cuneo hadn’t gotten hurt early in the meet, we would have scored in 11 of the 12 events. We scored points across the board in field events, sprints and distance events. We had four different girls score points in multiple events. We have a team comprised of several strong individuals, but the two top teams are loaded in a few select events that really build up points in a quick manner for them. I think we are by far the best team in the state in a dual meet format.” Standout senior Taylor Manett had a big day for the Rams (that could have been bigger). Manett took fourth in the 1,600 (4:58.67), sixth in the 3,200 (10:46.65), and was part of the 4×800 relay team that finished fourth with a time of 9:14.53. Manett ran seven of the eight laps in the 3,200 with one shoe nearly dislodged from her foot after getting stepped on, and still finished a remarkable sixth. The other three members of the 4×800 relay team were Morgan Harney, Jane Hawks and Kerianne Schoff. Katie DeHaan and Courtney Klaweiter also placed in three events for Rockford. DeHaan was seventh in the pole vault with a career-best jump of 11′ 3″, and was part of the third-place finish of the 4×400 relay team (3:59.08) and the fourth-place showing of the 4×200 relay team (1:43.55). Klaweiter was seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.62) and also part of the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams. Rachel Raab took third in the shot put (38′ 11″) and eighth in the discus with a toss of 112′ 7″. Despite her injured hip flexor, Cuneo gutted out a leg of the 4×200 relay. Elise Schierbeek was the remaining participant in the 4×200 team, and […]
The Squire is proud to present Rockford High School’s top ten students according to their amazing high school grade-point average. We also applaud all graduates on reaching this milestone achievement and wish this year’s students all the best as they move on to the next achievements of their lives. Julia Ceglowski Julia Ceglowski is Rockford’s highest academic student with a grade-point average of 4.644. The daughter of Dan and Andrea Ceglowski, she is sister to Peter, 15. Julia is an Advanced Placement Scholar, a Rockford Public Schools “Example in Excellence” and an All State athlete in water polo. In other activities besides studies and sports, Julia also enjoys puzzles and reading to younger students at Valley View Elementary School. She is a volunteer at the Kent County Humane Society, where she loves to play with and walk dogs that are awaiting adoption. She also volunteers at Spring Hill Camps and is a tutor. Julia goes on to Colgate University, where she will study mathematics. At Rockford Public Schools, Julia said she has learned to “never take life too seriously and try new things.” Kendra Bilardello Kendra Anjali Bilardello is ranked second i academic among her graduating class of 2012 with a grade-point average of 4.631. She is the daughter of Dave and Michelle Bilardello and sister to Taylor, 16. Among Kendra’s accomplishments during her years at Rockford are completion of seven Advanced Placement classes. She is the winner of the Harvard Book Award, a member of the National Honor Society, an Advanced Placement Scholar and has been recognized as Student of the Month. She is also a veteran of Grand Rapids Community College mathematics competitions. In addition to her hard work in her studies, Kendra is a four-year varsity crew athlete who also played basketball for Rockford for two years. She has been the crew website coordinator and a volunteer for Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. She has also coached and refereed community camps and games. Also talented in language, Kendra has completed a Spanish course at La Universidad de Granada, Spain. Kendra is a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. As the next step in her bright academic career, Kendra is going to study at University of Notre Dame in Science, Technology, Engineering […]
by RANDY GREGORY The weather wasn’t the only thing that was oppressively hot on Saturday, May 19, at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids. The girls track team from Rockford scored in every single one of the 17 events contested en route to amassing 170 points and claiming the title in the Division I regional meet. To emphasize the breadth of Rockford’s point discrepancy over the rest of the field, Grand Haven was the second-place finisher with 72 points. “We qualified all four of our relay teams and had multiple place winners in seven individual events today,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “That is the kind of depth we talk about all of the time. The girls really stepped it up today in some very difficult conditions, especially for the distance runners. That is how you create dominating efforts like today, where we took first in nine different events. Success breeds success, and this year’s team took the pressure of our previous year’s efforts and rose to the occasion.” Katie DeHaan led the way for Rockford as she qualified for the state meet in four different events. DeHaan took the top spot in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.14 seconds. She was also part of the first-place quartets in the 4×200 (1:42.66) and 4×400 (4:01.04) relays as well as qualifying in the pole vault. The other members of the 4×200 relay team were Elise Schierbeek, Courtney Klaweiter and Sammy Cuneo. The remaining triumvirate of the 4×400 team consisted of Allison Kelley, Olivia Gilbert and Klaweiter. Taylor Manett and Rachel Raab were also key components for the Rams’ charge to victory. Manett captured the 1,600 (4:58.98) and 3,200 (11:07.32) as well as being a quarter of the Rams’ first-place showing in the 4×800-meter relay team, which took first in 9:19.10. Morgan Harney, Jane Hawks and Kerianne Schoff were the other three members of the 4×800 squad. Raab recovered from a disappointing showing at the conference meet to capture first in both the shot put (38′ 2.50″) and discus (119′). Cuneo rounded out the winners for Rockford with her title in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.12 seconds. While pleased with the efforts of his charges on the day, VanderVeen had a few disparaging […]