The Rams girls track & field team celebrate their conference championship. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
EAST KENTWOOD – The Rams girls track & field team claimed the OK Red Conference Title by a decisive margin, Friday, May 10. The Lady Rams were able to rack up 201 points to claim the crown outright after going 6-0 at regular conference meets, including a tri that was against East Kentwood and Hudsonville due to a postponement from inclement weather.
The Rams were the decisive champion, but the battle for second place was a fierce one. Hudsonville and East Kentwood were separated by just one point at the end of the championships, with Hudsonville claiming runner up status with 120 points, and the Falcons landing third with 119. Grand Haven 88, West Ottawa 54, Grandville 45, and Caledonia 30 rounded out the scoring and finishes for the meet.
The Rams claimed firsts in six events and placed first in three of the relay events, and second in the 4x100. Peyton Korytkowski had a huge day – earning two PRs in the 100m and 300m hurdles on her way to earning the titles to both events. She was also part of the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Ericka VanderLende earned the titles in the 1600m and 3200m runs and was part of the winning 4x800 relay team. Taylor Korytkowski earned the title in the 400m run, landed second in the 200m run and was part of the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. Shelby Korytkowski earned her conference title in the pole vault jumping 10-06.00.
INDIVIDUAL RAM RUNNING RESULTS: 100m – 3. Jillian Roney 12.41, 4. Grace Gohl 12.60, 5. Abby Nash 12.61 (PR); 200m – 2. Taylor Korytkowski 25.41, 4. Grace Gohl 26.92, 5. Abby Nash 26.93; 400m – 1. Taylor Korytkowski 58.02, 5. Grace Flanders 1:01.72, 7. Allison Everhart-Deckard 1:04.60; 800m – 2. Ericka VanderLende 2:16.54, 6. Karlie Gardner 2:25.33; 1600m – 1. Ericka VanderLende 4:53.00, 4. Emma Everhart-Deckard 5:20.00, 6. Lexie Allsonhouse 5:30.00; 3200m – 1. Ericka VanderLende 11:16.24, 3. Emma Everhart-Deckard 11:41.03 (PR), 4. Bailey Ewen 11:58.80 (PR); 100m Hurdles – 1. Peyton Korytkowski 14.80 (PR); 8. Natalie Huls 16.70; 300m Hurdles – 1. Peyton Korytkowski 45.22 (PR), 2. Jillian Roney 45.29, 4. Aimee Zang 47.41.
INDIVIDUAL RAM FIELD RESULTS: High Jump – 7. Alexis Lamancusa 4-10.00; Pole Vault – 1. Shelby Korytkowski 10-06.00, 2. Morgan Vargo 10-00.00, 6. Reagan Ammon 9-06.00, 7. Breanna Haverkamp 9-03.00; Long Jump – 3. Morgan Vargo 17-09.50.
RELAYS: 4x100 – 2. Rockford Grace Gohl, Kate Zang, Abby Nash, Jillian Roney 49.43; 4x200 – 1. Rockford Peyton Korytkowski, Kate Zang, Abby Nash, Taylor Korytkowski 1:42.10; 4x400 – 1. Rockford Peyton Korytkowski, Kate Zang, Jillian Roney, Taylor Korytkowski 4:03.23; 4x800 – 1. Rockford Karlie Gardner, Lexie Allshouse, Elizabeth Bennett, Ericka VanderLende 9:38.42.
The Rams now prepare for the MHSAA Regional competition, which will take place at Grand Haven, Friday, May 17.
Ericka VanderLende claims first in the 3200m run. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Taylor Korytkowski anchoring the winning 4x200 relay. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Peyton Korytkowski claims 1st place in the 100m Hurdles with a PR of 15.04. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Three Ram top 8 finishes in the 200m run. Taylor Korytkowski (lane 6) took close 2nd, Grace Gohl lane 9 and Abby Nash lane 8. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Peyton Korytkowski (lane 6) claims the 300m hurdles with a PR 45.22. Jillian Roney placed second in lane 5. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Peyton Korytkowski running the 1st leg of the winning 4x200 relay team. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Ericka VanderLende earns first in the 1600m run. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Taylor Korytkowski claims the 400m dash. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Kate Zang hands off to Jillian Roney in the 4X400 Relay. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Ram fun after earning the championship. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski