Bos, Manett qualify for nationals at Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest regional Local students Julia Bos and Taylor Manett, both of Rockford, placed in the top 10 at the 33rd annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) Northeast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 26. They will go on with the top 10 boys and the top 10 girls in this weekend’s seeded races to compete against runners from the Northeast, South and West Regional meets in the FLCCC National Finals on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Bos earned second place in the FLCCC in 17:08. A junior at Grand Rapids Christian High School, she placed second in 17:14. Mannett, also a Rockford runner and a senior at Rockford High School, took an amazing fourth place with a time of 17:35. In the 3,200-meter her personal best time is 11:08, and in the 5,000-meter her fastest time is 17:14. In addition to her race at Kenosha, Wis., she finished the 5K Gainey Course in Grand Rapids on September 24, 2011 in 17:19. The highlights of Bos’ career in cross country include earning Division II Michigan state champion in 2011. She set the Portage meet record with time of 17:32.5 in 2011 and she came in second at the Foot Locker Midwest meet with new personal record of 17:14. She was an All State runner three years in a row. In track she broke her school record in the 3,200-meter with time of 11:08 (2011). Bos enjoys drawing, gardening, playing with young children, running and yard work. The person she would most like to meet is Jesus. She considers her mom to be her hero and her dad to be her most influential person. Mannett also had an impressive times in recent races, finishing the 5K Cougar-Falcon invitational at the Gainey Athletic Facility in 17:23 and the 5K Michigan High School Athletic Association state meet at Michigan International Speedway in 17:24. Her hobbies, in addition to running, include painting, whistling, making crafts and riding bikes. The person she would most like to meet is Lisa Koll. Highlights of Mannett’s cross-country career include OK Red conference champion, MHSAA regional champion, MHSAA state runner-up, Rockford High School 5k record holder, and Michigan […]
Manett earns All Midwest Regional honors, qualifies for nationals The Rockford community had 21 athletes compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wis. this past Saturday, Nov. 26. The 21 athletes competed in six different races throughout the day. Michigan Ms. Cross Country, Taylor Manett, earned the highest honors of the day in placing fourth in the “Girls Seeded” division, which made her a member of the All Midwest Regional team and qualified her for the Foot Locker national championship race, which will take place in San Diego, Calif. in two weeks. Manett is the fifth girl in Rockford history to qualify for the national championship. Her time of 17:35 on the University of Wisconsin, Parkside cross-country course was the fastest ever by a Rockford girl. Juniors Jordan Vickery, Allison Reichenbach, Addie Pilarski and Colleen Conroy along with senior Kelsey Kaczor were the other competitors in the “Girls Seeded” division. Vickery ran a time of 20:54 which placed her 157th. Conroy finished in 221st with Reichenbach close behind in 224th, with times of 23:44 and 24:09 respectively. Pilarksi came across in 233rd in a time of 24:36 and Kaczor finished in 253rd in a time of 28:38. The “Girls Freshman-Sophomore” division saw sophomore Morgan Harney claim a medal by placing 19th, posting a time of 20:35. Freshmen Kerianne Schoff and Maja Hill were the next two finishers from Rockford, in 27th and 45th places with times of 21:14 and 22:19 respectively. Sophomores Rebecca Featherston and Hannah Twardy along with freshman Shelby Aman completed the racing, with Featherston claiming 56th, Aman 57th and Twardy 62nd, with times of 24:08, 24:23 and 27:17 respectively. The “Open” division had the youngest competitor from Rockford competing. Morgan Benoit raced to a time of 20:50, which placed her fourth in the 1-17 age division. Two boys from Rockford competed in the “Seeded” division, both of whom were juniors. Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit raced to times of 16:39 and 17:05 respectively, which claimed 152nd and 186th places. The “Boys Junior-Senior” division had five Rockford runners, three of whom medaled by placing in the top 24. Senior Tyler Harney claimed fourth place and posted the fastest Rockford time of the day in16:27. Juniors Casey Aman and […]
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.
In a regional championship that featured three ranked teams in the state in addition to an honorable mention team, a close competition was brewing this close to Halloween, especially with state final qualification implications on the line. With the sixth-ranked Grand Haven Bucs, seventh-ranked Rockford Rams, eighth-ranked Hudsonville Eagles and Honorable Mention Grandville Bulldogs pushing it to the limits over the Allendale 3.1-mile course, when the dust settled a mere three-point gap remained between the top three, each of which qualified for the state championships. Hudsonville edged out a victory with 57 points to Rockford’s 59 and Grand Haven’s 60. Grandville closed in a distant fourth with 105. “This race was a lot of fun to be a part of. It was super competitive and close and our girls ran great. You never enjoy losing, but being a part of it was unforgettable,” stated Rockford Coach Ben Watson. Leading the Rams out front was senior Taylor Manett, who claimed the individual regional championship in posting a course record time of 17:29.7, the second best time of her life and season. Finishing second for the Lady Rams in seventh place and racing a season best time of nearly 30 seconds in 18:48 was senior Jane Hawks. The next three Lady Rams, each of whom is an underclassman, had phenomenal days in running lifetime bests. Sophomore Morgan Harney claimed 16th with freshmen Kerianne Schoff and Natalie Napolillo in 17th and 18th, in times of 19:34, 19:37 and 19:39 respectively. “These five girls really got the job done for us today. In recent weeks Hawks, Harney, Schoff and Napolillo have come on like gangbusters and each have watched their best times drop substantially. Where we had been losing badly to these other teams, because of these girls’ hard work and therefore improvement, now we know we can race right with them and even beat them,” said Coach Watson. Finishing up the team performance for the Lady Rams was sophomore Lauren Brasure with a time of 20:17 and Maegan Roach in a time of 20:36. The Lady Rams will compete this coming Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Division I racing is in the afternoon with the Lady Rams racing at 2:00 p.m.
In what is best categorized as improbable, the women’s cross-country team of Rockford won the OK Red conference championship race by defeating previously unbeaten Hudsonville and outdistancing second-place Grand Haven by 18 points. The Rams finished with 44 points to Grand Haven’s 62 and Hudsonville’s 72. The Rams, who went into the championship race in third place due to defeats at the hands of both the Bucs and Eagles, finished in a three-way tie for the overall conference championship by defeating both in the championship race. “We certainly were not the favorites to win today,” said the Rams’ Head Coach Ben Watson. “But that is why you run the race.” Senior Taylor Manett claimed the individual conference crown by easily outpacing the second-place finisher by 43 seconds. Her winning time of 18:20 was the only finisher under 19:00. Fellow senior Jane Hawks claimed fourth place overall with a time of 19:35. Joining the two seniors in earning All Conference honors was sophomore Morgan Harney with a ninth-place finish with a time of 20:00. Finishing the scoring for the Rams were freshman Kerianne Schoff and Natalie Napolillo in 13th and 17th place respectively in times of 20:11 and 20:31. Those places earned the freshman Honorable Mention All Conference honors. “Our top five all had great races. This is our third time racing at Johnson Park, and each one of them ran their fastest on this course today. It is very rewarding to see the girls enjoy such a great team accomplishment after putting in so much hard work,” said Coach Watson. Concluding the varsity race for the Lady Rams was Maegan Roach and Lauren Brasure in 27th and 35th with times of 21:06 and 21:36. This victory for the Rams will put a target on their backs heading into next weekend’s regional championship, where Rockford will once again face Grand Haven and Hudsonville. “We certainly surprised some teams today by racing so well, but that won’t be the case next time around. We will have to bring our best again in order to win the regional,” said Coach Watson.