Shelby Korytkowski competing for the Rams in the pole vault. Shelby claimed first with a vault of 9-06. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
ROCKFORD – The Rams girls track & field team let everyone in Michigan know they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with in 2019, Wednesday, April 10. Coach Randy VanderVeen’s team not only showed incredible talent, but they also showed the depth they need to make a serious run at a state title. But, first things first. The Rams entered their first OK Red victory in the books with a resounding 132.5-24.5 victory over the Grandville Bulldogs.
Rockford claimed firsts in all but two events on the night, and impressively swept six of the events. The Rams also claimed firsts in every relay. Despite the cold and wind, the Rams put up some impressive times for the meet, registering seven PRs for those earning points. The distance runs were incredibly impressive, with Ericka VanderLende, Emma Everhart-Deckard and freshman Bailey Ewen picking up where they left off in cross country – at the head of the pack. The Rams also looked strong in the sprints, with Rockford sweeping the 100m and 200m, with Jillian Roney, Abby Nash, Kate Zang and Grace Gohl tearing up the track. Lexie Allshouse and Karlie Gardner showed they had the 800m in control. Peyton Korytkowski impressed in both hurdle events, claiming the 300m with a PR, and landing second in the 100m hurdles. Aimee Zang also netted a PR in the 300m hurdles, and registered a PR. The Rams also swept all the relays, showing their depth and control on the oval.
The Rams also did well in the field events, claiming four of the five disciplines. Breanna Haverkamp earned firsts in the shot put and the discus (PR), and followed it up with a second in the pole vault. Shelby Korytkowski earned first in the pole vault, and Morgan Vargo claimed the long jump.
Those Rams finishing in top three positions:
INDIVIDUAL RUNNING EVENTS: 100m – 1. Jillian Roney 12.99, 2. Abby Nash 13.05, 3. Grace Gohl 13.19; 200m – 1. Abby Nash 27.37, 2. Kate Zang 27.51 (PR), 3. Grace Gohl 27.61; 400m – 1. Taylor Korytkowski 1:00.61, 2. Grace Flanders 1:03.93 (PR); 800m – 1. Lexie Allshouse 2:30.12, 3. Karlie Gardner 2:35.07; 1600m – 1. Ericka VanderLende 5:11.66, 2. Emma Everhart-Deckard 5:41.60, 3. Bailey Ewen 5:47.75; 3200m – 1. Ericka VanderLende 10:45.62, 2. Emma Everhart-Deckard 12:0415, 3. Bailey Ewen 12:28.05; 100m Hurdles – 2. Peyton Korytkowski 16.26, 3. Aimee Zang 16.68; 300m Hurdles – 1. Peyton Korytkowski 47.93 (PR), 2. Aimee Zang 49.61 (PR), 3. Natalie Huls 51.80. FIELD EVENTS: Shot Put - 1. Breanna Haverkamp 32-04.00, 3. Averi Nixon 27-03.50 (PR); Discus – 1. Breanna Haverkamp 95-00 (PR); High Jump – 2. Emalee Kraft 4-09; Pole Vault – 1. Shelby Korytkowski 9-06, 2. Breanna Haverkamp 9-06, 3. Reagan Ammon 9-00; Long Jump – 1. Morgan Vargo 15-08.50, 3. Natalie Barr 13-01.50 (PR).
RELAYS: 4X100 Relay - Morgan Vargo, Abby Nash, Grace Gohl, and Jillian Roney 51.20; 4X200 Relay - Peyton Korytkowski, Kate Zang, Abby Nash, Taylor Korytkowski 1:48.42; 4X400 Relay - Peyton Korytkowski, Grace Vanderwiel, Grace Flanders, Taylor Korytkowski 4:17.97; 4X800 Relay - Karlie Gardner, Elizabeth Bennett, Lexie Allshouse, Ericka VanderLende 10:22.25.
The Rams will host their Rockford Invitational, Saturday, April 13. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.