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Girls Claim First in Jamboree #2

By Jeannie Gregory, 09/12/18, 8:00PM EDT


Ram Sophia Ullery landed in the top 10, landing eighth, with a time of 23:36.1. ~ Photo by Elizabeth Geshel

By Jeannie Gregory

BALDWIN - The Rams girls cross country team tore up the track, Wednesday, Oct. 3, and the varsity came home with a first place in the OK Red Jamboree #2. The team combined for just 39 points to claim the meet. The JV team also did well, earning a second-place finish.

After the Rams, the rest of the varsity field finished as follows: 2. Caledonia (66), 3. Hudsonville (74), 4. West Ottawa (75), 5. Grand Haven (89), 6. Grandville (195), and 7. East Kentwood (212).

Rockford’s senior leadership gave a huge punch at the top of the competition, with first- and third-place finishes. Ericka VanderLende led the way with a first-place finish, clocking in with a time of 18:11.3. She was followed by fellow senior Emma Everhart-Deckard, who had a great race, placing third with a time of 19:47.9. Also finishing in the top 10 for the Rams, was sophomore Lexie Allshouse, who placed 10th and clocked in at 20:57.4. Sophomore Karlie Gardner placed 12th, with a time of 20:58.1, and frosh phenom Bailey Ewen followed with a 13th place finish, with a time of 21:00.5.

Other finishes for the Rams were: 24. Elizabeth Bennett 21:50.5, 26. Carly Maynard 21:53.2, and 34. Riley Thompson 22:29.4.

The JV team tallied 62 points to claim second in the meet, topping third place Caledonia by just 1 point. Grand Haven tallied 43 points to claim first. Hudsonville finished fourth with 89 points, West Ottawa placed fifth with 92 points, Grandville landed sixth with 192, and East Kentwood finished seventh with 216.

Top finisher for the Rams was Elise VanStensel, who placed second with a time of 22:22.8. Sophia Ullery landed in the top 10, landing eighth, with a time of 23:36.1. Lauren Kellner placed 13th with a time of 24:06.8, Grace Vandrwiel landed 18th, clocking in at 24:25.1, and Lilly Weirich placed 21st with a time of 24:38.9. Next was Chloe Collings in 23rd place with a time of 24:50.1, and Emily Danks, who landed 24th with a time of 24:56.7.

Other finishes for the Rams were: 28. Scarlet Beachy, 36. Grace Flanders, 37. Katie Host, 40. Rosie VanLuven, 41. Allsion Everhart-Deckard, 50. Ruth Kauffman, 51. Anna Dudka, 62. Evelyn Grimm, and 63. Madelyn O’Malley.

It was a big week for the Rams, with Ericka VanderLende, Katie Host, Liz Bennett, and Lexie Allshouse all posting Personal Records. Also earning honors were Chloe Collings, Alli Everhart-Deckard and Lilly Weirich, who all earned their varsity letters.

The Rams will compete in the Portage Cross Country Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 6.