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The Rockford Christian girls track and field team participated this past weekend at the Hononegah Girls Invitational.  This was the first girls meet held at Hononegah’s new fieldhouse and the second meet hosted since it opened.  The team approached the roster a little differently this meet, opting to run all the athletes in open events rather than the traditional mix of open and relay races. Kelly Giardina (So.) celebrated her sixteenth birthday by setting a lifetime PR and indoor school record in the 3200 with a time of 12:27.74.  She beat the previous record by 0.08 seconds and placed second in the meet. Avery Demo (Fr.) and Bre Freund (So.) both set PRs in the 60m, at 8.47 and 9.21 respectively.  Demo’s time at Hononegah resets the #4 Indoor Top 10 mark she earned last week at Auburn. The 800m saw two lifetime PRs and one school record set.  Renate Toldo (Sr.) ran 2:28.46, shaving half a second off her record from last week.  Gracie Kreissler (Sr.) ran 2:30.88, which is her new #2 Indoor Top 10 mark.  All three 800m runners placed in the top ten at the meet: Toldo second, Kreissler sixth, and Kenzie Park (Jr.) eighth. The trio of Avery Demo (Fr.) , Emily Kirkham (Sr.) , and Bre Freund (So.) all ran their first indoor 400m.  Demo kept the officials on their toes and gave them a good chuckle when she accidentally cut too far in.  She quickly corrected course and finished in 1:05.09, which put her at #3 on the Indoor Top 10 list and second place overall in the meet. In high jump, Emma Joiner (Fr.) rallied to clear 1.37m (4-6 ft) and tied for fifth place.  Her mark was the highest freshmen clearance at the meet.  In long jump, Brianna Bauer-Fulton (Fr.) saw her mark improve by approximately a meter.  She scratched her best attempt by mere centimeters, but was still excited to see how much her jump had improved from the last meet. In total, the team finished the meet with 13 indoor PRs, 2 school records, and 5 Indoor Top 10 finishes. HOW and WHY moments…This meet’s shout-out goes to our athletes’ families…Several of the girls had family members in attendance who don’t usually get to watch them compete…This meet was a late addition to the team schedule, so some parents rearranged their weekend plans so the girls could compete…Mr. Joiner helped videotape Emma when Coach Mack wasn’t able to be at both the boys and girls meets…Mr. Toldo was instrumental in helping getting us into this meet…Thank you, RCSTF parents and family for all you do! The team next competes at ISU on Friday, March 6.   Athletic.net full results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/399390/results ...

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Boys Varsity Track

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Captain Chains Award Winners: Wiebe, Carlson, Buckner, and Walsh Rockford Christian boys took to the indoor track for the second time in 2020 at the 6 th Annual Rockford Auburn Invitational on Saturday, February 22. The Royal Lions (enrollment 370) competed against a field of 20 schools including Geneva (1929), Thornwood (1763), Schaumburg (2132), and Larkin (2084). The RC squad placed third and scored 51 points with 28 personal bests, two school records, and 15 program top ten performances. Geneva won the meet with 78 points.   Co-captain Davis Hood (Jr.) returned to competition for the first time in 2020 with a commanding effort in the 60m dash. Hood smashed his own school record running 7.29 (currently #10 in 2A) and placed second to Efosa Osagiede (Sr.) of Thornwood, who ran 7.20 in a separate heat.   The RC frosh/soph 4x200m relay school record was also taken down at the Auburn field house.  Niko Rosado (So.), Adam Santana (So.), Alex Bugarin (So.) and Bjorn Carlson (Fr.) combined to run 1:42.67, breaking the previous mark of 1:45.90 set back in 2008. Carlson’s splits of 24.9 and 55.4 in the sprint relays drew the attention of the upperclassmen and earned him captain’s chain honors.   The varsity 4x200m relay put together three pristine exchanges for a cumulative effort of 1:35.19. The time ranks Hood, Gage Wiebe (Jr.), Jonathan Thomas (So.), and Matt Heilman (Sr.) as the fourth fastest quartet in school history. Thornwood, who ran 1:35.14 in a separate heat, narrowly edged the RC squad out by .05 seconds for the event victory.   The last event of the competition finally saw Rockford Christian’s best paired with Thornwood’s best in the same heat. And the Royal Lions really cooked. Collin Hook (Sr.) charged hard to the front in his first lap, but was just edged by Thornwood at the exchange. Wiebe, in only his second ever 400m, popped off a 51.5 split and brought the Royal Lions back into the lead. Wiebe's split is second only in team history to "You Know" program legend Josiah Vogel (2017). Thomas then blew the race open with a PR split of 53.3 and gave a commanding lead to his brother Stephen Thomas (Jr.) in the anchor leg.  The elder Thomas would tangle with Thornwood’s ace sprinter Osagiede (who bested Hood in the 60m) and won the 200m just prior to final event. The Royal Lion distance captain denied Thornwood's anchor a trifecta, running a lifetime best of 53.5. Overall, the RC squad ran 3:33.18 breaking the meet record set in 2017. The Royal Lion time currently sits as the eighth best in the state of Illinois (per athletic.net) across all classes at the time of this posting. Thornwood ranks ninth in 3:34.19.   Other noteworthy Royal Lions personal bests included the following: Oliver Buckner (Jr.) 2:21.34 in the jayvee 800m, D’ Artagnon Beaver (Jr.) 10:29.74 in the 3200m, Aidan Sosnowski’s (Fr.) 55 second improvement in the jayvee 3200m, Ethan Walsh (So.) 4:58.71 in the 1600m, and Moses Auguste (Jr.) 25.19 in the 200m.   Complete team and individual results can be found at http://www.accuracetiming.com/results/2020/rab_20b.pdf ...

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Girls Varsity Track

1 week ago

The Rockford Christian girls track and field team opened their season at the 6th Annual Rockford Auburn Girls Track & Field Invitational. Kelly Giardina (So.)  started the team off with a roar in the 3200m.  Despite going out a little too fast in the first few laps, Giardina re-found her pace and finished with an indoor PR of 12:32.26, which put her third place in the meet and moved her to the #2 spot on the Indoor Top 10 list. Avery Demo (Fr.) and Paige Gardner (So.) continued the charge in the 60m.  The girls were seeded in the same heat.  Demo finished with a time of 8.51, which places her at #4 on the Indoor Top 10 list.  Gardner finished with a time of 8.73, which also places her on the list at #8. The mid-distance crew continued to see their off-season and in-season work pay off.  Renate Toldo (Sr.) had a lifetime PR in the 800m with a time of 2:28.91 and reset her indoor school record.  Gracie Kreissler (Sr.) had an indoor PR with a time of 2:32.82, moving up to the #2 spot on the Indoor Top 10 list. Over in field events, Karissa Lin (Jr.) had a huge lifetime PR in the long jump.  Her previous PR was 3.42m (11-2.5 ft), and today she jumped 3.89m (12-9.25 ft). Keep an eye on the freshmen this year.  Continuing to make her mark in sprints, Avery Demo (Fr.) ran 28.09 in the 200m, taking the #3 spot on the Indoor Top 10 list.  Mandy Nelson (Fr.) and Emma Joiner (Fr.) both cleared 1.42m (4-8 ft) in the high jump, which places them at #5 on the Indoor Top 10 list.  Courtney Park (Fr.) threw 7.83m (25-9.25 ft) in the shot put despite not being able to practice at school prior to the meet.  These girls’ marks were even more impressive considering that all four just wrapped up their basketball season earlier this week and went straight from one sport to another without a break. In total, the team finished the meet with 17 indoor PRs, 1 school record, and 8 Indoor Top 10 marks. Other happenings not necessarily related to PRs and Top 10 lists, but just as memorable…the excitement on the girls’ faces to be at the first meet of the season, despite it being 7:15 AM…Kenzie leading the team in prayer…Emily confidently helping the girls with their block starts…Coach Mack running the most efficient high jump warm-up and making sure the athletes stayed safe from collision…an empty camp because all the girls were busy cheering on each other…Renate running a 200m with block start and loving the challenge…the girls always watching each other’s backs…Paige willing to hobble to camp despite an ice pack wrap to get a teammate her water bottle…these are the HOW and WHY moments. The team next competes at Hononegah on Saturday, February 22.   Athletic.net full results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/390647/results ...

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Boys Varsity Track

2 weeks ago

RCSTF Captains' Chains: Tyler Hermansen, Jonathan Thomas, Adam Santana, Adison Elliott The Rockford Christian boys track and field team “busted the rust” in their 2020 season opener on Saturday, February 8. The Royal Lions competed in the 6th Jerry Lowe Indoor Invitational hosted by Rockford Auburn. The squad finished 8th out of 20 schools - most of which are 3A (enrollment 1299+). Rockford Christian (enrollment 378) accumulated 30 points, scoring in five events with 30 personal bests and 14 program top ten performances.   The team’s highest finisher was Tyler Hermansen (Jr.) who topped 3.48m (11’ 5”) in the pole vault along with the event winner from Metea Valley (3A). Hermansen lost the tie break on misses. The mark is Hermansen’s indoor personal best and the second best performance in program history.    Sophomore Adam Santana had himself a day in the jumps producing two program top ten performances. He went 5.87m (19’ 3”) and 12.05m (39’ 6”) in the long and triple jumps, respectively. The long jump mark ranks the super sophomore at #3 RCSTF all-time. His triple jump effort placed him fourth in the meet and is a frosh/soph school record.    Co-captain Collin Hook (Jr.) placed fourth in the 60m hurdles. He ran a personal record of 8.99 making him the first Royal Lion to crack the 9 second mark in a season opener.    Hook had lead off duties in both of the sprint relays that scored for the Royal Lions. The 4x200m crew of Hook, co-captain Gage Wiebe (Jr.), Jonathan Thomas (So.), and Bjorn Carlson (Fr.) placed 3rd from the slow heat running 1:36.93. Their splits of 24.5, 24.0, 23.6, and 24.9 combined for the fastest time ever produced to open the season for RC.    Hook, Wiebe, and Thomas were joined by co-captain Stephen Thomas (Jr.) in the 4x400m relay. Combined they ran 3:40.15 to again place 3rd from the slow section. Wiebe’s split of 53.9 was the fastest of the squad and was also his first ever race at the 400m distance.    Other notable RCSTF record performances were the following: Matt Heilman (Sr.) ran 24.94 in the 200m (RC #8 indoors), Niko Rosado (So.) ran 25.20 in the 200m (RC #9 indoors), and Drew Glendenning (Jr.) lept 19’ 1” in the long jump (RC #4 indoors).   An interesting statistic from the meet, 26 out of 30 of the personal bests achieved by Royal Lion track and field competitors were from multi-sport athletes who complete in the following sports: cross country, football, soccer, basketball, and baseball.    Complete results from the meet can be found at http://www.accuracetiming.com/results/2020/jl_20b.pdf ...

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2019 Cross Country Sectional Meet Qualifiers Fuller Forest Preserve, Winnebago – For the 19 th time in the 20 years of program history, Rockford Christian boys cross country advanced to the Sectional meet.  The Royal Lions placed 2 nd at the Winnebago 1A Regional Meet on Saturday, October 26. The boys (ranked 1A #22 ILXCTF) fell to Harvest Christian Academy (1A #4) by a score of 23 to 45. Tristan Olpin of Keith Country Day was top individual, out of 98 runners, in a time of 14:31 on the 2.85 mile course at Fuller.   D’Artganon Beaver (Jr.), fresh off a BNC All-Conference top 5 finish, earned his first All-Regional medal finishing 4 th in 15:07. Beaver is the twenty-fourth Rockford Christian runner -- since program inception in 2000 -- to merit the distinction.  Stephen Thomas (Jr.) ran his best race of the season running 15:32 - which when converted ties his lifetime 3 mile personal record. The RC sophomore trio of Ethan Walsh , Benjamin Capriola , and Adison Elliott closed the Royal Lion scoring pack in 12th, 15th, and 17th place. They ran 15:53, 16:08, and 16:14, respectively.  Co-captain Carter Fryer  (Sr.) finished within a single stride of the pack running 16:16.  Co-captain Josiah Emenecker (Sr.) recorded a personal best on the 2.85 Fuller loops in 16:25. A mark that converted to 3 miles also rates as a career best.   Complete team and individual results can be found on the IHSA website here: https://www.ihsa.org/data/ccb/204882.pdf ...

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BNC All-Conference & Honorable Mention Emenecker, Elliot, Thomas, Walsh, Capriola, Beaver, and Fryer (left to right) Fuller Forest Preserve, Winnebago -- The Rockford Christian (1A #14) boys began championship racing with a strong showing at the Big Northern Conference meet on Saturday, October 19. The Royal Lions fell to Dixon (2A #1) by a score of 24 to 66 in the eleven school competition. It was, however, a remarkable day of racing with six of the boys wearing black and blue checkerboards earning all-conference honors.    D’ Artagnon Beaver (Jr.) once again lead the Royal Lions with his 4th place all-conference time of 15:02 around the 2.85 mile loops at Fuller Forest. It is the 8th fastest performance on Fuller course by a Rockford Christian runner since the program began in 2000. The Lion Pack of Ethan Walsh (So.), Stephen Thomas (Jr.), Ben Capriola (So.), co-captain Carter Fryer (Sr.), and Adison Elliott (So.) each made all-conference finishing 14-15-16-17-20 out of the 69 man field. Walsh lead the cluster in 15:57 and Elliot closed it out in 16:11. The 14 second split is also a realization of season long goal set by the boys. Co-captain Josiah Emenecker (Sr.) earned the newly established honorable mention honor with his 25th place finish in 16:39.   In the open race, Tony Chen (So.) was the top RC finisher in 3rd place. He ran 16:49. Additional honors went to Aidan Sosnowski (Fr.), Tyler Emenecker (Fr.), Oliver Buckner (Jr.), Reese Weeseln (Fr.), and Joseph Chan (So.) all of six of whom earned ribbons by finishing in the top 20.    Complete team and individual results can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/168040/results ...

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Rockford Christian Middle & High School Teams @ Fuller Forest  Winnebago – The Royal Lions traveled to Fuller Forest Preserve just outside of town to compete in the four-team Fredrickson Invitational hosted by Winnebago High School. Rockford Christian -- recently ranked 1A #13 by ILXCTF -- took an unorthodox approach to the competition. Fresh off a fast weekend of racing at Detweiller Park, RC varsity runners paired up with jayvee teammates to help pace the less experienced Royal Lions.    Tristan Olpin of Keith  (1A) won the oddly distanced 2.05 mile race in 10:45. Big Northern Conference opponent North Boone  (1A) won the team competition out scoring Rockford Christian 29 to 43.  Winnebago  (1A) and Pecatonica-Durand  (1A) trailed in the team results with 62 and 86 points, respectively.   Tony Chen (So.) was the top finisher for the Royal Lions. Juniors D’ Artagnon Beaver and Stephen Thomas guided him to an 11:35 finish over the muddy and looping course at Fuller. It was a 38 second personal best over Chen’s mark from 2018. Together the trio finished 4-5-6 from the field of 48 runners.     Aidan Sosnowski (Fr.) was the next finisher escorted to the line for the Royal Lions. Governed by sophomores Ethan Walsh and Benjamin Capriola , Sosnowski was pressed to a lifetime best of 12:29. Tyler Emenecker (Fr.) rounded out the top seven after having been paced by his brother, and co-captain,  Josiah Emenecker (Sr.). The brothers finished nearly shoulder-to-shoulder in 12:36 – approximately a 60 second best for the freshman.   A link to full individual results will be made available here when made available at www.athletic.net ...

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Fryer, Capriola, Walsh, Elliott, Emenecker, Beaver, and Thomas   Peoria — Rockford Christian (1A #19 ILXCTF) competed at historic Detweiller Park on Saturday, October 5 in the 65th Peoria Invitational. The Royal Lions were the top 1A squad in the 43 team field that included sixteen 2A ranked teams. The boys placed 22nd and scored 852 points beating Freeburg (#13 1A ILXCTF), the top ranked 1A team in the field, by 13 points. Big Northern Conference opponent Dixon (2A #5 ILXCTF) won the team title with just 68 points. Sam Lange from Morton (2A) was the individual champion in 14:48 on the 3 mile course.    D’ Artagnon Beaver (Jr.) was the top RC finisher in 48th place out of 294 runners. His time of 16:18 was a personal best. The new mark ranks him as the nineteenth fastest runner in program history.  Stephen Thomas (Jr.) improved his season best by a remarkable 72 seconds running 16:42. All three Rockford Christian sophomores ran lifetime PRs: Benjamin Capriola ran 17:04, Ethan Walsh ran 17:21, and Adison Elliott ran 17:34. All-in-all, the Royal Lion top 5 pack had 3:57 minutes of improvement over their efforts at Detweiller from just three weeks ago at the First to the Finish Invitational.   Co-captains Carter Fryer (Sr.) and Josiah   Emenecker (Sr.) closed out the top seven in 17:35 and 18:24, respectively.    Complete team and individual results can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/159777/results/689896 ...

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2019 Duck Pond Team Champions Fontana, Wisconsin – The Royal Lions competed at the 7 th Duck Pond Invitational hosted by Big Foot High School on Tuesday, September 24, against a field of 16 schools and 190 runners. This was the very first time in program history that RC has traveled to Wisconsin for a cross country meet. The 5,000m figure-eight configured course at Duck Pond Recreational Area was saturated from the weekend rain.  However, course conditions seemed to favor the Royal Lions as they won the title team with 48 points. In the process they also upended WIAA D3 #10 ranked Poynette (92 points). The RC quad placed an impressive five runners in the top 15 for medal honors. Richard Schaefer of Shoreland Lutheran won the individual race in 17:36.   The five RCXC varsity medalists were as follows:  D' Artagnon Beaver (Jr.) 18:11, Stephen Thomas (Jr.) 18:33, Carter Fryer (Sr.) 18:45, Benjamin Capriola (So.) 18:49, and Ethan Walsh (So) 18:53. They finished 5-7-10-12-14, respectively. The 1-5 man split was just 42 seconds – the best of the season thus far.    Adison Elliott (So.) and Josiah Emenecker (Sr.) closed out the varsity pack with times of 19:11 and 19:14 and finished in 20 th and 21 st place. Elliott’s 5k time converts to a 3 mile best. Both RCXC pushers finished in front of all other teams' scoring five.    In the simultaneously run junior varsity race it was Tony Chen (So.) who took the top medal finish out of the 95 man fiel. It is the first race Chen has ever won and his 19:33 time converts to a 3 mile personal best. Aidan Sosnowski (Fr.) was 5 th in 20:55.   Complete team and individual results can be found at http://www.accuracetiming.com/results/2019/bfcc_19b.pdf ...

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13th Place at the 2019 First to the Finish Invitational Detweiller Park, Peoria -- Rockford Christian (1A #22 ILXCTF) finished 13th out of 74 schools at the First to the Finish 1A Invitational on Saturday, September 14. The Royal Lions set 12 personal records on the day. D' Artagnon Beaver (Jr.) was the top RCXC finishers taking home medal honors with a time of 16:53. He finished 48th place out of over 500 athletes. Pack running has defined the 2019 squad thus far. Co-captain Carter Fryer (Sr.) took his turn leading the lion chase pack in 17:34 on the Detweiller course. The pack order on the weekend was as follows: Benjamin Capriola (So.) who ran 17:37, a personal best; co-captain Josiah Emenecker (Sr.) ran 17:46; Stephen Thomas (Jr.) went 17:54; and Ethan Walsh (So.) dropped a 40 second PR of 17:57. The 2-6 man split at FTTF was just 23 seconds. Adison Elliott ( So.) was the final varisty placer for the team, he ran 18:37 - 70 second personal best.   The entire crew showed remarkable improvement over last weekend's brutal course conditions at Park West. The average drop for an RCXC runner was 69 seconds. Tyler Emenecker ( Fr.) had the biggest improvement out of the squad wit ha 144 second dip. Additional personal records were set by the following runners: Tony Chen (So.) 18:51, Aidan Sosnowski (Fr.) 19:32, Rorke White (So.) 19:50, Oliver Buckner (Jr.) 19:59, Joseph Chan (So.) 21:23, Nathaniel Chan (Sr.) 21:34, Reece Weeseln (Fr.) 22:13, and Blake Wartell (Jr.) 22:52. All in all, it was a fantastic weekend of team building and racing for the "You Know" program. Complete team and individual results can be found at  http://www.my-finish.com/form.php?race_name=firsttofinish19 ...

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