The 2019 Regional Runner-Up Rockford High School Boys Cross Country Team ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
BENZONIA - The Rockford Rams boys cross country teams took a trip north to Benzie Central High School, Saturday, Oct. 26, to compete in the MHSAA Division 1 Regional 1. The team had a huge day by putting up impressive times and came home with the title of Regional runner-up. Ram junior Jude Parks was crowned the MHSAA Boys Cross Country Regional Champion with a first-place time of 15:34.23.
After watching the girls excel in their race, the boys team was ready for their turn. The team had been steadily improving their times as the season progressed, so they were both mentally and physically prepared for the competition. They had shaved enough time off their finishes to land in third in the OK Red Meet after placing fourth in the first OK Red Jamboree. Ram runner Jude Parks had earned the conference title and was poised to do well in the Regional. He did better than “well,” he earned the Regional crown.
Traverse City Central earned the team Regional title, tallying a 58 to claim first. The Rams followed in second with 91, with Cedar Springs landing third with 96. Lowell landed fourth with 110 and Forest Hills Central rounded out the top five with 117.
Parks utilized all his training and dedication to clock in at 15:34.23 to earn the status of Regional Champion. Greenville’s Ellis Mason placed second with a time of 15:36.70. Also landing in the top five for the Rams were, Ian Cook in 15th with a time of 16:12.34, Kyle Sweeney in 21st with a time of 16:26.33, Jacob Majoor in 28th at 16:35.61, and Jacob Brown in 33rd clocking in at 16:39.19. Colin Graham placed 40th with a time of 16:48.72 and Alex Fahey placed immediately after in 41st with a time of 16:49.41.
The Rams will now prepare for the MHSAA State Finals, which take place, Saturday, Nov. 2 at Michigan International Speedway.
There was also a Post Regional Open Meet (PROM) that took place on the same course and the team from Rockford did well. The Rams claimed third out of 10 teams with 77 points. They were very far out of third, with Lowell claiming first with 72, and Fremont finishing second with 74.
Kaiden Hunt paced the Rams in fourth with a time of 17:06.47 and Carson Lafferty finished sixth with a time of 17:15.33. Austin Miller landed 13th with a time of 17:33.77, Charles Lewis placed 28th with a time of 17:57.12, and Ben Antel rounded out the top five in 37th, clocking in at 18:08.44. Bryce Ronk followed immediately in 38th at 18:09.88. Ryan Karwowski (54), Sam Majoor (64), Carl Lassig (131), and Charlie Grimm (132) also placed for the Rams.
Jude Parks earned the title of Regional Champion. ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Ian Cook and Kyle Sweeney ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Jacob Majoor ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Jake Brown ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Alex Fahey ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Colin Graham ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Coach Andy Martin watches the team compete. ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Austin Miller and Kaiden Hunt ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Ben Antel ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen
Charlie Lewis and Trenton Winter ~ Photo by Kyla Ewen