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

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Rockford Christian Athletics

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

Rockford Christian Athletics

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

Boys Varsity Track

1 week 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

4 weeks 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

1 month 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

1 month 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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Boys Varsity Track

1 month ago

Athletes in Picture: Stephen Thomas, Nic Capriola, Cal Granite Rockford Christian (MileSplit 1A #2) competed in the 13th Annual University High Invitational in Horton Fieldhouse at Illinois State University on Saturday, March 3. The mega-meet was comprised of 42 schools and over 800 athletes in the non-scored competition. The Royal Lions had an exceptional day of running, jumping, and throwing with 22 personal records, 11 all-time program performances, 1 event victory, and 1 school record.  Co-captain Riley Wells (Jr). was responsible for the teams solitary event victory in the 1600m. Wells ran an indoor personal best of 4:26.95 a time that currently ranks him #3 in 1A. In the same race, Brent Brunner (Jr.) ran a lifetime PR of 4:36.98 moving him to RCSTF #5 all-time.  The Royal Lions had two sprinters run the 400/200 double on the tight turns at Horton fieldhouse. Co-captain Josiah Vogel (Sr.) posted the second fastest 400m time in school history in 52.19. He capped off his day breaking the 200m school record by .01 seconds. His mark of 23.81 just edged out Quinn Halversen (2017) who set the standard in the same meet last winter. Veteran sprinter Jacob Kennay (Sr.) also posted a terrific double with an RCSTF #7 all-time mark of 54.53 in the 400m. He gave the 200m record a scare as well running 23.86 - making him the third fastest within the program's history. Stephen Thomas (Fr.) , Nicolas Capriola (Jr.), and Cal Granite (Jr.) flexed their middle distance might in their first 800m races of the season. The trio went three-for-three with indoors personal records. Thomas's time of 2:06.71 is fastest indoor opener for any RCSTF freshman. Capriola ran an indoor best of 2:12.57 - made all the more impressive given this was his first race since fracturing a vertebra in the first weekend of cross country last fall. Capriola was recognized by the team's captains as the RCSTF runner of the weekend for his efforts.  Granite too ran an indoor best of 2:14.44 having just closed out the basketball season.  The 60m Hurdle race likewise saw another injured Royal Lion return to form. Noah Fulcomer (Jr.) navigated the barriers in 9.24 in his first race of the 2018 season. Fulcomer  suffered an ACL tear during the first football game of the fall. His return to health and hurdle form currently ranks him #7 in 1A according to athletic.net. Freshman phenom Collin Hook posted a big mark in the 60m H running 9.63.  For the second meet in a row RCSTF short sprinters went three-for-three in 60m personal bests. Riley Hogan (So.) , Connor Cunningham (Jr.) , and Malachi White (Jr) ran 7.59, 7.60, and 7.76 respectively. Remarkably, Cunningham has posted an improvement with every single race he's run in 2018 thus far.  White actually set the tone for day at Illinois State for the Royal Lion squad as a whole. His first long jump of the competition was a personal best of 17' 10.75" a mark that places him RCSTF #5 all-time. In the triple jump competition a pair of talented freshman also broke into the RCSTF top time rankings. Drew Glendenning (Fr.)  began his track career in style with a 35' 9" mark. The introductory performance makes him the sixth best indoor jumper within the program, and caught the attention of the team captains who selected him as the RCSTF field athlete of the weekend. Tyler Hermansen (Fr.) claimed the #9 position within the program rankings with his leap of 33' 11". The future looks good for Royal Lion jumps. Lastly, Jaden Ferlita (Jr.) broke into the team's indoor record book with a rotational PR of 41' 5" in the shot put.  Pictures from the meet will be posted here when made available:  Complete results from the University High School Invitational can be found here:  https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/330619/results ...

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Boys Varsity Track

2 months ago

Athletes in Picture: Skyler Blanton, Noah Ross, Brent Brunner, and Josh Drog The Rockford Christian ( MileSplit IL ...

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Boys Varsity Track

2 months ago

Athletes in Picture: Coach Moore and the team the post-meet huddle The Rockford Christian boys track and field team opened the 2018 indoor campaign at the Rockford Auburn Jerry Lowe Indoor Invitational on Saturday, February 3. The team finished 5th out of 17 schools and scored 34 points. The squad saw 26 personal records, 6 all time program performances, 1 school record broken, and 1 event victory. Co-captain Riley Wells (Jr.) won the 800m in 1:59.37. Brad Wood (Sr.) set the school record in pole vault with a mark of 12' 0". Both were selected as the team's standout athletes of the week.  Collin Hook (Fr.) three stepped his way to the 10th fastest 60m hurdle time in program history in 9.91. Brent Brunner (Jr.) ran a lifetime best of 4:41.51 in the 1600m - the 6th best indoor mark within the program. Malachi White (Jr.) posted a mark of 17' 1" in his first ever long jump, good enough to make the top ten program listings as well. The varsity 4x200m and 4x400m relays also ran all time bests. Jacob Kennay (Sr.), Skyler Blanton (Jr.), Kody Page (Jr.), and Connor Cunningham ran 1:39.39 for the 8th best mark in program history. The final event of the day saw the 6th best time ever produced by an RC squad. Kennay , co-captain Josiah Vogel ( Sr.), Sal Mendez (Sr .), and Wells ran 3:38.83 to bust the rust in the 4x400m. Wells split of 51.8 is the second fastest in program history. Complete results from the meet can be found at  https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/320040/results ...

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Centennial Park, Rock Falls - The DyeStat 1A #2 preseason ranked Royal Lions opened the 2017 cross country campaign with the team title at the Rock Falls Rocket Run Invitational. Rockford Christian scored 49 points in the 11 school meet - placing four runners in the top 15. Sterling Newman (preseason ranked #16 in 1A) finished second with 63 points. Dawson Smith of Rock Falls won the individual title in a time of 15:35 over the 3.0 mile course against 86 competitors. Brent Brunner (Jr.) was the top Rockford Christian finisher in 7th place with a time of 16:39. The 2-3-4 pack of Nicolas Capriola (Jr.), Carter Fryer (So.), and Stephen Thomas ( Fr.) all had medal finishes in 10-11-12 places. They ran 17:32, 17:36, and 17:38, respectively. Cal Granite (Jr.) closed out the scoring five in 17th place with a time of 18:00. Josh Honkamp (Jr.) and JT Emenecker (So.) finished 30th and 31st with times of 18:38 and 18:40. Top 5 Varsity Team Scores: 1. Rockford Christian - 49 2. Sterling Newman - 63 3. Rock Falls - 70 4. Erie-Prophetstown - 119 5. St. Bede - 161 In the open race, Rockford Christian finished 1-2-3. D’ Artagnon Beaver (Fr.) won his first high school race. He was followed by teammates Daniel Isley (So.) and Collin Hook (Fr.). Full meet results can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=136872#/16665‚Äč ...

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Boys Varsity Track

1 year ago

Byron, IL - Fresh off their #1 team power ranking from MileSplit in the Illinois 1A class, the Rockford Christian boys competed in the twelve team Byron Preview on Saturday, March 11. The Royal Lions saw 16 personal bests and an outstanding 11 all time program top ten performances. Rockford Christian finished fifth as a team with 43 points. Burlington Central (2A) won the meet with 78 points.   The 4x800m quartet of Nicolas Capriola (So.) , Josiah Vogel (Jr.) , Andy Volk (So.) , and Riley Well (So.) set what appears to be the 1A best running 8:36.62. All four ran personal best relay splits and together combined for the seventh fastest mark run within the program.   Noah Fulcomer (So.) continues his rapid improvement in the short hurdle races. Fulcomer ran 8.46 in the 55m hurdle prelims - a time that when converted is just .01 off the 60m school record. Likewise, Josh Drog (So.) ran his third consecutive hurdle best in 9.91.   Sal Mendez (Jr.) , Spenser Patterson (Jr.) , Skyler Blanton (So.) , and Andrew Villacorta (Sr.) ran the 10th fastest indoor 4x200m for RCSTF in 1:40.81. Blanton’s split of 24.3 also ranks him as one of the program’s fastest 200m indoor legs. Varsity sprinters Quinn Halversen (Sr.) and Jacob Kennay (Jr.) took a layoff from the four lap relay to compete in the 400m Open. Their respective marks of 54.44 and 55.59 placed them second and third in the meet, and also puts them in the RCSTF all time top ten rankings. Kennay might have set the official school record in the 55m dash earlier in the meet, but the meet host’s fully automatic timer failed. His 6.5 manual time is an unofficial program record. In the final, Kennay did post a 6.93 FAT - which is just .1 shy of the official school record.   The final top program performances came from Jack Kurtz (Sr.) and Brent Brunner (So.) in the 1600m. Both ran significant personal bests of 4:48.59 and 4:48.91 and current rank as the seventh and eighth best RCSTF all time runners.   Full team and individual results from the Byron Indoor Preview can be found here: http://www.illinoistoptimes.com/results/49093 ...

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Boys Varsity Track

1 year ago

Normal, IL - Rockford Christian boys competed in the 32 team mega-meet in Illinois State University’s Horton Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 4. The 12 Annual University High School Invitational was unscored, but the Royal Lions notched two event wins in the high jump and the 1600m.   Quinn Halversen (Sr.) cleared the bar at 6’ 4” in the high jump to begin a spectacular day for both himself and the team. His leap currently places #2 in 1A according to the Athletic.net rankings. Halversen went on to run 23.82 in the 200m breaking a twelve old program record - his fourth school record in four weeks.   Riley Wells (So.) took the event win in the 1600m with an indoor personal best of 4:29.69. The performance makes him the fastest sophomore in program history and rates him #2 in 1A at this time.   All together the RCSTF boys team tallied 22 personal records set on the day. Amongst these highlights, several Rockford Christian athletes stood out with their all time program performances. In the 60m Hurdles Noah Fulcomer (So.) navigated back-to-back personal bests of 9.38 and 9.29 and made the event final. Connor Rosche (Sr.) and Elijah Nitz (So.) both chucked personal records of 46’ 0” and 43’ 11” in the shot put and made finals, too. Finally, Jacob Kennay (Jr.) ran the fourth fastest 60m school history in 7.48. Later in the day Kennay ran 24.54 in the 200m on the tight curves of the Horton track.   Complete results for all events can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzHBtrAUAnoFNjJQWUl2LXVWSUNuNGpYWUlibHZVMi10cUgw ...

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