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Creating Winners in the Classroom, in competition, and in Christianity

Rockford Christian Athletics

Creating Winners in the Classroom, in competition, and in Christianity

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Boys Track Places 2nd in State 

 

Hillary Noakes Signs with the University of Utah 

 

Congrats MS Bowling on 2nd Place 

 

Boys Varsity Track

1 month ago

Sectional Team Champions The Rockford Christian boys won the 1A Oregon sectional team championship on Friday, May 18. The Royal Lions scored 123 points and qualified 14 athletes in 12 events.  The following athletes advanced to the IHSA 1A State Meet: Brad Wood, Pole Vault Elijah Nitz, Shot Put James Smith, Disc Nicolas Capriola, Cal Granite, Stephen Thomas, Brent Brunner, 4x800m Jacob Kennay, Kody Page, Skyler Blanton, Josiah Vogel, 4x100m D' Artagnon Beaver, 3200m Noah Fulcomer, 110m Riley Wells, 800m Brent Brunner, 1600m Stephen Thomas, 1600m Jacob Kennay, Josiah Vogel, Skyler Blanton, Riley Wells, 4x400m The Rockford Christian split sheet is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aWdqc7BDtHxGFvN130HGFNpCFhpCbVR-/view?usp=sharing ...

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Boys Varsity Track

2 months ago

athletes pictured: 4x100m school record holders Kennay, Vogel, Page, and Blanton Rockford Christian (1A) boys finished 2nd (120 points) in the Big Northern Conference Championship on Thursday, May 10. The Royal Lions set 21 personal bests, 2 school records, 10 program bests, and won 4 events. Dixon (2A) won the meet with 167.33 points.  All Conference performers included the following athletes:  Elijah Nitz (Jr.) Shot Put (1st); Jacob Kennay  (Sr.) 4x100m (1st), 4x200m (1st), 4x400m (1st);  Kody Page (Jr.) High Jump (3rd), 4x100m (1st), 4x200m (1st);  Skyler Blanton (Jr.) 4x100m (1st), 4x200m (1st), 4x400m (1st); Josiah Vogel (Sr.) 4x100m (1st), 4x200m (1st), 4x400m (1st); Riley Wells (Jr.) 400m (2nd), 4x400m (1st). Notable events included the 4x100m quartet of Kennay , Page , Blanton , and Vogel who collectively broke the school record running 43.45. Wells ran the second fastest 400m in program history, dipping under 50 seconds for the first time in 49.87. Connor Cunningham (Jr.) also set RCSTF all time performances running 11.59 and 23.44 in the 100m and 200m dashes. In the 1600m, Brent Brunner (Jr.) and Stephen Thomas  (Fr.) ran lifetime bests of 4:29.94 (2nd place) and 4:30.78 (3rd place), respectively. The marks rank them #6 and #7 within program history. Malachi White  (Jr.) went 38' 7" in the triple jump placing him 5th in the meet and 5th RCSTF all time. Brad Wood (Sr.) tied his own school record in the pole vault clearing 13' 0" (2nd place ) for the second meet in a row.  Complete team and individual results can be viewed here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yhN14YapF9sCDWuMKhGWu981gnho1_Xs/view?usp=sharing ...

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Boys Varsity Track

2 months ago

athlete pictured: Brad Wood clearing 12' 6" in the pole vault Rockford Christian boys (MileSplit 1A #2) traveled to Winnebago (1A) on Friday, May 4 to compete in the Mike Mowen Invitational. The Royal Lions won the 7 team invitational and amassed 226 points while setting 27 personal bests and breaking 1 meet record. The field of competition included Byron (2A), Dakota (1A), Pearl City (1A), Keith (1A), and Earlville (1A).  RCSTF dominated the meet winning 13 out of 18 varsity events. Jacob Kennay (Sr.) was the only triple event winner for the team. He took the 100m and 200m dashes in 11.57 and 23.57, respectively. He was also part of the winning 4x100m relay. Co-captain Josiah Vogel (Sr.) set the RCSTF #2 all time mark of 51.27 in the 400m dash. Brent Brunner  (Jr.) lead the RC 1-2-3 sweep of the 800m in his personal best of 1:59.38. Brunner narrowly missed the meet record set by Rockford Christian state champion Justin Rehfeldt (2011). Co-captain Riley Wells (Jr.) was, however, quick enough to best Rehfeldt's  1600m meet record by almost four seconds. The mark of 4:22.97 is the fast mile time run by Wells since state finals of his freshman year.   Noah Fulcomer (Jr.) ran 16.34 into a swirling wind to win the 110m hurdles. Brad Wood (Sr.) broke his own school record in the pole vault going 13-0. Malachi White (Jr.) had a beamonesque effort for 2nd place in the long jump. His leap of 19-6 was a 1.5 foot PR and moves him to RCSTF #2 all time. But, it was his triple jump effort of 36' 4.25" which took the win.  Elijah Nitz  (Jr.) and Jaden Ferlita (Jr.) took home throws honors in shot put and discus with marks of 46' 2" and 138' 4" a piece. The 4x100m relay of Kennay , Kody Page (Jr.), Skyler Blanton (Jr.), and Vogel dipped under 44 for the second time this spring. Their time of 43.93 is the third fastest in program history. Winnebago runs a special 4x100m relay honoring their assistant throws coach Mike Mowen. The RC field quartet of White , Tyler Hermansen (Fr.), Craig Cornelius (Fr.), and Kalib Aboobaker (So.) won the relay in 50.10.  One final mention goes to Jon Jon Laskonis (Fr.) who was recognized at the RCSTF track athlete of the meet. Laskonis  had a 4 second personal best in the 400m dash. White was the RC field athlete of the meet.  The team split sheet can be viewed here: RCSTF Mowen Split Sheet ...

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Boys Varsity Track

2 months ago

Athlete Pictured: Brent Brunner Oregon Art Carlson Hawk Classic Reflections I typically write fairly formal meet recaps, but the Hawk Classic has a way of making me nostalgic. It has traditionally been viewed at the largest and most competitive boys small school invitational in northern Illinois for 48 years. And I’ve been attending this meet for 26 years as either an athlete or coach. I came of age as a runner at Hawk. As a senior at Rockford Lutheran, legendary Lena-WInslow coach Pete Brown  peeled me up of the track after the 400m, shook my hand, and called me a “horse.” That race and that interaction was a defining moment for me as an athlete. It has shaped how I interact with runners from other teams as a coach. When Rockford Christian first attended the Hawk Classic in 2000 we scored exactly zero points. Art Carlson , Oregon's own hall of fame track coach, was the only man who would let RC into meets that first year. He was an encouragement to me when I was a rival athlete and young coach. I’ve witnessed RCSTF athletes come of age at this meet. Now we fight for the team title, hold several meet records, and contend for the win in every event area. I love this meet. Here is what love about the 2018 Hawk Classic: Riley Wells is track famous. Athletes ask for his Snap Chat and want selfies with him at every meet we go to. Mike Newman gave him a nickname last week at Distance Night in Palatine! The tag encapsulates Wells on so many levels, by the way. The Mad Kicker . I love it. The kid is so cool and humble about it too. He’s fun to coach and fun to watch. All week we talked about how to approach the race at Oregon. Having already set the top mark in the state at 1:55.38 last week (on a massive negative split 59-56.3) we had a serious discussion as to what success would look like at Hawk Classic. We agreed that “no matter what” he needed to go out harder for the first 400m - somewhere in the 54-55 second range. Winning and the finish time were irrelevant. The weather changed all of that. As the temps dropped and the wind picked up on Friday afternoon, I told him to forget the plan. Nobody is running fast in these conditions. My exact words were, “win in as slow of a time as possible.” He ran 1:55.19 and broke the meet record set in 1989. Shows what I know. Wells was also selected as the meet MVP. A recognition that no Rockford Christian athlete has ever received at this meet. I also want to acknowledge Oreong’s Ian Hussang . He’s a wicked tough runner and set the pace for that race. He finished in 1:56.79 and just missed Oregon’s school record that was set by Chad Harvey in 1995. I know because I watched his rear end the entire race. Chad and I battled it out in high school and college many times. I’d love to be there and see Ian take him down, since I never could head to head in the 800m.   Our school record in the 4x100m relay was set in 2010 at the state meet. Ethan Gailey , Art Ford , Dan Wade , and Tre Williams ran 43.69 and took 7th place. It was a huge day for our program and really began our emergence as an elite short sprint program in the small school division. Last Saturday - at our home meet - we ran 43.79 and finished second to Lena-Winslow by just .03 seconds. Our final exchange was not crisp and it cost us the win. Still, I was jacked! It was the second fastest time ever run within our program. Knowing that we would see Lena and Forreston both at the Hawk, we all had high expectations heading into the meet. They blew our doors off last night running 43.56 and 43.95 in the less than ideal conditions. Our 44.20 is still the third fastest time in program history, but none of the boys were particularly happy. I am convinced we can run low 43s this spring. I have a lot of respect for Austin Rickels and the Lena program. We’ll learn from this loss and get better.   On a night when nobody was running PRs, our freshmen were racking them up. Drew Glendenning went 38’ 5.25” in the triple jump. He’s improved 7 feet since January! I was really looking forward to seeing him fill a spot on our 4x200m last night, but he tweaked his quad in the triple jump finals and we thought it best to rest him. Stephen Thomas had an amazing freshman indoor campaign this winter. He ran 4:37.99 at Batavia Distance Madness, but had not really ripped a great time outdoors (the weather’s been lousy if you haven’t noticed). The weather was lousy last night too, but “Freshie” popped a 2:04.3 in the 4x800 and locked up the win for us. This kid is willing to hurt. I expect that one day I’ll be talking about him in the same way I do Mull , Rehfeldt , Monkemeyer , and Wells . Collin Hook ran cross country for us this fall. I don’t know why. He’s an amazing hurdler. Last night he found himself in lane eight of the 110m hurdle final with some serious studs: Christensen (Forreston), Erickson (Newman), Daws (Forreston), Fulcomer (RC), Grover (Woodstock North). These guys all have PRs ranging from 14 to 15 seconds. Collin is a freshman. Unable to turn the start around, they were all forced to run into a wicked head wind. This is not good for hurdlers. Hook was the only one of them to run a PR last night. Look at him in Lane 8 here. Terrific composure and triple extension out of this freshman. D’ Artagnon Beaver (what a name!) was our highest placing freshman taking 2nd place in the 3200m. He ran a smart race in tough conditions. Noah Ross has had a good week setting three personal bests. What a day for our freshman. They wore the blue and gold checkerboards well last night. I could keep going: Josiah   Vogel split 50.6 in the 4x400, Sal Mendez long jumped 19 feet, Brent Brunner ran 62.2 on his final lap of the 1600m, our throwers battled back after disappointments, Brad Wood missed the bus and left the poles at school. I want to tell all of these tales, but my nine year old son has a baseball game this afternoon. As much as I love track and telling stories about Rockford Christian track and field, I love him more. The RCSTF split sheet can be viewed here:   https://drive.google.com/open?id=10SRPCKsYTlqB9bznEfQtyh2msl1e_GQY ...

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Boys Varsity Track

2 months ago

Freshman 4x100m Relay: Craig Cornelius, Charlie Burke, Noah Ross, and Tyler Hermanson Rockford Christian (1A #1 MileSplitIL Power Rankings) sent a split squad consisting of sevent...

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Boys Varsity Track

2 months ago

Freshman Collin Hook en route to his first varsity hurdle race victory What. A. Day. Rockford Christian boys, the #1 1A ranked team in Illinois ( MileSplitIL Power Rankings) , won the 15th Rockford Christian Invitational on Saturday, April 21. The Royal Lions scored 197.5 points against a field of 14 teams including 1A sprint powerhouse Lena-Winslow (169.5 points) and local 3A schools Rockford Auburn (56 points) and Rockford Guilford (42 points). The team amassed 42 personal records, 2 meet records, 2 school records, 15 program top ten marks, and 1 Illinois 1A #1 mark.  The wrecking crew of Elijah Nitz  (Jr.), co-captain James Smith (Sr.), and Jaden Ferlita  (Jr.) began the meet in spectacular fashion. Trio finished 1-2-3 in the discus throw all with distances over the IHSA state qualifying stand a rd. Nitz whipped the disc out to 153’11” making him the fourth best thrower in program history. Smith , a returning state finalist in the event, improved his lifetime best to 144’ 8” good enough for RCSTF #8. Finally, Ferlita’s 142’ 7” puts him at #9 all time. Nitz and Ferlita went 2-3 in the shot put with the latter improving his PR to 45’ 0”.  Brad Woo d (Sr.) had an equally spectacular field session in the pole vault. Wood set the school record at 12’ 0” almost 6 weeks ago, but Saturday was his first outdoor competition in almost 3 years. He nonchalantly cleared the state qualifying standard of 12’ 2” on his first attempt. However, after two missed attempts at the next height of 12’ 4”, Wood gambled and jumped the bar to 12’ 7” for his final attempt. His shocking clearance gave him a personal best, school record, meet record, and currently ranks him #8 in 1A. Tobias McIntosh (Sr.) made 10’ 0” and placed second.  Freshman phenom Drew Glendenning continues to lead the RCSTF jump crew. His leap of 37’ 9” nabbed him his first varsity competition victory. RC football standout Malachi White (Jr.) took fourth with a PR jump of 37’ 1” and making him RCSTF #10 all time. Noah Fulcomer (Jr.) won the 110m hurdles in 16.66 in a tight race against Le-Win’s Keegan Gyland . Collin Hook (Fr.) was third in a personal best of 17.36. In the 300m hurdles Hook took the title in another PR of 43.71. It is worth noting that the freshman has set a personal best in every race he has run outdoors this spring. The 800m open saw a barrier broken for the first time by a Royal Lion. Brent Brunner (Jr.) won the race in 1:59.85 - his first sub 2 performance. He now ranks #6 within RCSTF program history. Brunner also gave the meet record a scare coming within .4 seconds of Le-Win’s Tristan Fox’s 2013 mark. Nic Capriola (Jr.) and Cal Granite (Jr.) also had personal bests of 2:04.32 and 2:09.01 respectively. Records are likely to fall when this trio reunites for a 4x800m relay. The most anticipated match up of the meet, however, was between Lena-Winslow and Rockford Christian’s sprint relays. The results lived up to the hype. LW  ran 43.76 to RC’s 43.79 in the 4x100m. The Panthers took the win, the meet record, and the top 1A time in Illinois when their anchor Rahveon Valentine crossed the line first. Jacob Kennay (Sr.), co-captain Josiah Vogel (Sr.), Skyler Blanton (Jr.), and Kody Page’s combined efforts make for the second fastest time in program history and the second best in the Illinois to Lena . The RC sprint quartet would have another match up with same Lena quartet later in the in the 4x200m relay. In round two, the Royal Lions got the better of Valentine and company. Vogel’s school record split of 21.7 solidified the victory, the meet record, and the fastest 1A time in the state. The boys combined time of 1:31.06 currently ranks as Illinois #12 for all classes per www.athletic.net ...

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Boys Varsity Track

3 months ago

Athletes in picture: Nic Capriola, Cal Granite, Stephen Thomas, and Brent Brunner. The Royal Lions opened their outdoor track and field campaign at the Matt Wulf Invitational after a three week layoff from competition. The meet was plagued by wind and cold, but saw some hot competition. Yorkville (3A), the meet host, won the 8 team invite with 140 points. Rockford Christian (1A #2 MileSplit) took third with 105 points, won 3 events, and set 17 personal records. The 4x800m relay comprised of Nic Capriola (Jr.), Stephen Thomas (Fr.), Cal Granite (Jr.), and Brent Brunner (Jr.) took the first event win of the competition in 8:29.31. Brunner anchored the squad in a personal best of 2:01.5 and out kicked the Oswego East (3A) team. The overall time is under 1A state qualifying, currently ranks as fastest 1A team in Illinois, and is the 12th fastest time ever run in within the program. Co-captain Riley Wells (Jr) lead from wire to wire in the open 800m. Wells dominated the field with a 1:56.97 in windy conditions. It is the fastest time he as ever run in April. The mark is also the second fastest time run in Illinois for all classes at the time of this posting. The Royal Lions book ended the meet in the same manner they started it; paralleling the 4x800m relay by winning the 4x400m in the final leg. Noah Fulcomer (Jr.), co-captain Josiah Vogel ( Sr.), Skyler Blanton (Jr.), and Wells trailed Thornton Fractional South (3A) for three legs of the race. Thornton got the better of RCSTF by narrow margins in the two previous sprint relays. Wells , however, had other plans and blasted the final 150m of the anchor leg to secure the win in 3:34.43. Other meet highlights included 2-3 finishes in shot put from Elijah Nitz (Jr.) and Jaden Ferlita (Jr.), respectively. The two throwers then swapped finish positions in the disc with Ferlita finishing 2nd with a PR of 139’ 0”. His toss rates him #8 in program history. Tobias McIntosh (Sr.) saw a 2nd place finish in the pole vault with a PR of 10’ 6” earning him the RC field athlete of the meet recognition. He was joined by Tyler Hermanson (Fr.) who vaulted 7’ 6” earning his first points ever in varsity competition placing 6th. Drew Glendenning (Fr.) had a big personal best in the triple jump in 37’ 4.5” - an RCSTF #7 all time performance. RC football star Connor Cunningham (Jr.) had a stellar day in the short sprints. Cunningham ran lifetime personal bests in the 100m and 200m sprints in 11.59 and 23.94 - both break him into the program top ten listings. As previously mentioned the 4x100m and 4x200m relays took second to Thornton. Jacob Kennay ( Sr.), Blanton , Kody Page (Jr.), and Vogel ran 44.25 and 1:32.37 respectively. The 4x1 time is the third fastest in program history and the fastest RC as ever run in the month of April. The 4x2 mark is currently the fastest time posted in 1A. Finally, hurdlers Fulcomer and Collin Hook (Fr.) had outstanding efforts. The veteran hurdler ran 16.17 in the 110s - his second best time ever. Hook , in his first race over 10 hurdler at the 39 inch height, ran 17.53 making him the #8 best ever for RCSTF. Hook continued his impressive freshman debut outdoors in the 300m hurdles running 43.95 - good enough to just make the program’s top ten. Complete team and individual results can be found at www.athletic.net ...

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Boys Varsity Track

3 months ago

Rockford Christian Boys and Coaches at Illinois Top Times 2018  It was a “day of days” for the Rockford Christian boys track and field team at the Illinois Top Times 1A Championship in the Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University. The Royal Lions set 4 school records and won 3 events. Every RCSTF athlete ran a personal best, earned medal honors, or broke a school record. Noah Fulcomer (Jr.) set the tone for the day in his heat of the 60m hurdle prelims. Fulcomer ran a season best and tied his own school record. His mark of 8.96 was good enough for 12 place out of the 24 man field. The 4x800m team finished runner-up to Pleasant Plains by just .53 seconds. Nic Capriola (Jr.) lead off in a personal best of 2:09.2. Stephen Thomas (Fr.) advanced the team running 2:05.6 after a bit of a collision in the exchange zone. Cal Granite (Jr.) ran a beautiful 2:09.9 best making a great move in the third lap to trade the baton in second place. Brent Brunner (Jr.) closed hard in 2:01.5 and nearly caught the Plains anchor. Their total time of 8:26.30 is the 6th fastest indoor mark in program history. Co-captain Riley Wells (Jr.) continued his winning ways in championship competition with a time of 1:55.71 in the 800m. Wells outkicked Ian Hussung from conference rival Oregon and Jacob Bryan of Illini West. The mark is currently the fastest time run in Illinois across all IHSA classes. The performance also breaks the meet record set by Zach Glavish of Illinois Valley Central set in 2003.  The 4x200m relay team of Jacob Kennay (Sr.), Skyler Blanton (Jr.), Kody Page ( Jr.), and co-captain Josiah Vogel (Sr.) lead from wire to wire in their 1:33.92 school record. All four racers ran down PRs of 23.6, 23.3, 23.8, and 22.8. The squad came within less than second of the meet record set by Harrisburg in 2000. Both Brunner and Thomas doubled back running the 1600m. The tactical race played nicely for Brunner  who was able to finish 8th in 4:37.32 - just off his lifetime best. Thomas held off Matthew Olech from Harvest Christian to finish as the top freshman of the meet. He finished in 4:40.09. The Royal Lions quartet of Kennay , Vogel , Blanton , and Wells put an exclamation point on the evening winning the 4x400m relay. Kennay split 54.1 in lead off, but team found themselves in a big hole to Pleasant Plains. Vogel put on a show running a school record 50.8 split making the exchange in the lead. Blanton held onto the top spot in a PR of 53.4. Finally, Wells brought the stick home in negative split PR of 51.5 according to Mike Newman of RunnerSpace. The team’s total time of 3:30.28 breaks the school record set at ITT last year by over 2 seconds.  Full results of the 2018 Illinois Top Times Championships can be found at www.athletic.net ...

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Boys Varsity Track

4 months ago

Athletes Pictured: Nicolas Capriola, Riley Wells, Stephen Thomas, and Brent Brunner The Rockford Christian boys team lit the UW-Whitewater Kachel fieldhouse on fire this Saturday, March 17 at...

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Boys Varsity Track

4 months ago

Athletes Pictured: Josiah Vogel, Kody Page, Skylar Blanton, Jacob Kennay The Royal Lions (ranked #2 1A MileSplit) split their track and field team between two venues this weekend. The distance squad qualifiers traveled to Batavia to compete in Distance Madness on Friday night. The sprints, jumps, and throwers competed in Byron Indoor Preview on Saturday afternoon. On the weekend the program collectively set 2 school records, 20 personal bests, 9 all time program performances, and scored 2 event victories.  Co-captain Riley Wells (Jr.) kicked off the weekend breaking his own school record in the 800m at Batavia Distance Madness. Wells ran a negative split 1:58.89 (31-30-29-29) and finished 2nd to Charles Harders of Lyons Townships (3A). Video of the race (courtesy of Mike Newman from Runnerspace) can be viewed here:  Batavia Distance Madness 800m Section 1 ...

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