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Lady Ram Tracksters Claim Own Invite

By Jeannie Gregory, 04/13/19, 10:30PM EDT


The Rockford girls track & field team celebrate their championship. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Rams tally 265 points to claim invitational

ROCKFORD - Despite cold weather and blustery winds, the Lady Rams track & field team had a strong showing on the oval, Saturday, April 13, for their annual Rockford Invitational. The Rams toed the line against five other schools in the early season invite and came away with the championship trophy. The Rams tallied 265 points to claim the crown, and were followed by Northville (147), East Grand Rapids (87), Zeeland East (72), Grand Ledge (56), and Zeeland West (23).

Rockford had some strong performances from plenty on the roster, with some PRs in spite of the tough conditions. The Ram earned firsts in seven events and claimed three of the four relays, only dropping the 4X100. Three Rams had a huge day, earning first place in two individual events, and then helped with firsts in the relays. Champions on the day were Taylor Korytkowski (400m), Ericka VanderLende (1600m & 3200m), Peyton Korytkowski (100m hurdles & 300m hurdles), Morgan Vargo (pole vault & long jump). Earning PRs on the day were Grace Flanders in the 400m, Aimee Zang in the 300m hurdles, Breanna Haverkamp in the discus, Shelby Korytkowski in the pole vault, and Natalie Barr in the long jump.  


100m – 2. Grace Gohl 13.60, 4. Abby Nash 13.81, 4. Jillian Roney, 6. Kate Zang 13.90; 200m – 2. Grace Gohl 27.68, 3. Abby Nash 27.71, 4. Kate Zang 28.15, 6. Shelby Korytkowski 28.48; 400m – 1. Taylor Korytkowski 59.69, 2. Grace Flanders 1:02.74 (PR); 800m – 2. Karlie Gardner 2:31.44, 3. Lexie Allshouse 2:35.25, 5. Elizabeth Bennett 2:38.24; 1600m – 1. Ericka VanderLende 5:16.62, 8. Emma Everhart-Deckard 5:35.42; 3200m – 1. Ericka VanderLende 10:49.45, 4. Emma Everhart-Deckard 12:27.78, 8. Diana Candela 13:09.84; 100m Hurdles – 1. Peyton Korytkowski 16.26, 2. Aimee Zang 16.94, 5. Natalie Huls 18.17, 7. Vanlencia Goldsmith 19.07; 300m Hurdles – 1. Peyton Kortykowski 48.58, 3. Aimee Zang 49.25 (PR), 5. Natalie Huls 51.81.


Shot Put – 5. Breanna Haverkamp 33-02.50; Discus – 6. Breanna Haverkamp 98-08 (PR); High Jump – 4. Alexis Lamancusa 4-09, 8. Valencia Goldsmith 4-07; Pole Vault – 1. Morgan Vargo 10-00 (PR), 2. Shelby Korytkowski 10-00 (PR) 3. Breanna Haverkamp 9-06, 4. Reagan Ammon 9-00; Long Jump – 1. Morgan Vargo 16-09.50, 5. Natalie Barr 13-09.50 (PR).


4X100 – 2. Morgan Vargo, Abby Nash, Grace Gohl, Jillian Roney 51.33; 4X200 – 1. Peyton Korytkowski, Kate Zang, Abby Nash, Taylor Korytkowski 1:46.28; 4X400 – 1. Peyton Korytkowski, Karlie Gardner, Grace Flanders, Taylor Korytkowski 4:08.17; 4X800 – 1. Karlie Gardner, Elizabeth Bennett, Lexie Allshouse, Ericka VanderLende 9:54.66.

The Rams will travel to Caledonia, Wednesday, April 17, to take on the Fighting Scots.

Jillian Roney finishes second in the 4X100 as the anchor for the Rams. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Peyton Korytkowski as the starting leg of the 4X200 relay team. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Peyton Korytkowski speeds down the lane to hand off the baton off to Karlie Gardner in the 4X400 relay. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

The 100m hurdle finals with Peyton Korytkowski (lane 5) claiming first. Rockford also placed Natalie Huls (lane 7), Kate Zang (Lane 4), and Valencia Goldsmith (lane 1), ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

The 300m hurdles finals finish with Rams Peyton Korytkowski (lane 4), Kate Zang (lane 3), and Natalie Huls (lane 2). ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Sophomore Karlie Gardner places second in the 800m run. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Shelby Korytkowski performs her approach to the pole vault. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

It was cold, but they kept warm hanging with their friends. Girls (top left to right): Abby Nash, Taylor Korytkowski, Shelby Korytkowski, Peyton Korytkowski, Boys (left to right): Luke & Leo Vanderweil, Jackson Moseley and Eli Haddad. Photo by Kari Korytk

Ericka VanderLende finishes for the 4X800 relay team. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Taylor Korytkowski finishing first as the anchor for the Ram 4X200 team. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

The 100 finals with Rams Abby Nash (lane 7),Aimee Zang (lane 6), Grace Gohl (lane 5), and Jillian Roney (lane 2). ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

The 200 finals with Abby Nash (lane 5) Kate Zang (lane 4), Grace Gohl (lane 3), and Shelby Korytkowski (lane 2). ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Taylor Korytkowski places first in the 400m dash, with Grace Flanders in lane 5 placing second with a PR. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Morgan Vargo claims first in the long jump for the Rams. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski

Shelby Korytkowski competing in the pole vault on Saturday. Shelby set a PR of 10-0 during the invitational, claiming second place. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski