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Girls Track Team Claims Second in State Finals

By Jeannie Gregory, 06/01/18, 8:15PM EDT

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The Rams Girls Track & Filed Team pose with their trophy. ~ Contributed Photo

The Rams showed plenty of depth and talent in the MHSAA Division 1 Girls Track & Field Finals at East Kentwood, Saturday, June 2. Oak Park claimed the state crown with 66 points, just edging out the Rams who tallied 59.5 points. Rounding out the top eight teams were, 3. East Kentwood (52), 4. Lake Orion (48), 5. Northville (41), 6. Detroit Renaissance (33), 7. Ann Arbor Pioneer (27), and 8. Troy (22).

The Rams had an impressive day on the oval, placing high in all four relays. Rockford also saw many individuals place in the top eight to earn points for the team.

Junior Ericka VanderLende had a big day both individually, and with the 4X800 relay team, earning 26 points for the Rams. VanderLende claimed the state crown in the 1600m run with a time of 4:45.17, a full three seconds ahead of second place finisher Ann Forsyth, from Ann Arbor Pioneer. VanderLende and Forsyth switched places in the 3200m run, with Forsyth claiming first at 10:08.07, which was a new MHSAA Final Meet record. VanderLende clocked in at 10:12.26 to claim second. Vanderlende also ran in the 4X800 relay teaming up with Camryn Gabriel, Caleigh Dunn, and Karlie Gardner clocking in at 9:10.46 to claim second, coming in just behind first place Oak Park, who timed in at 9:08.75.

The other relay teams also had impressive runs. The 4X100 relay team of Velencia Goldsmith, Casey Lenon, Abby Nash, and Jillian Roney claimed third with a time of 48.09. The 4X200 team of Taylor Korytkowski, Casey Lenon, Abby Nash, and Jillian Roney placed second with a time of 1:41.18, falling just behind Detroit Renaissance who finished first at 1:39.91. The 4X400 team of Casey Lenon, Karlie Gardner, Peyton Korytkowski, and Taylor Korytkowski placed third clocking in at 3:56.75.

The 300m hurdles found senior Jillian Roney placing fourth with a time of 44.05. Sophomore Peyton Korytkowski competed in the 110m hurdles and put the state on alert for next year, placing 17th in the preliminaries with a time of 16.04. Sophomore Taylor Korytkowski paced fourth in the 200m dash, timing in at 25.05.

Ram senior Casey Lenon tied with Heather Meadows of Brmingham Seaholm for fourth place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5’4”. Rockford freshman Morgan Vargo also let the state know to keep an eye on her in the future, landing in 14th place with a leap of 16’10”.