Boys Varsity Cross Country
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Oct 13, 2018
2nd Place Team - BNC All-Conference Runners - Program Record
Park West, Oregon – The Rockford Christian (2A #8) boys lost to Dixon (2A #3) 27-55 at the Big Northern Conference Championships on Saturday, October 13. Collin Grady of Dixon won the individual crown in a time of 16:35 out of the 68-man field.
The Royal Lions tied a program record with an astonishing 7 all-conference performances: Brent Brunner (Sr.) lead the squad finishing 6th in a time of 17:11; Stephen Thomas (So.) was 9th in 17:25; D’ Artagnon Beaver (So.) was 10th in 17:35: Nicolas Capriola (Sr.) was 12th in 17:51; Carter Fryer (Jr.) was 18th in 18:10; Cal Granite (Sr.) was 19th in 18:16; JT Emenecker (Jr.) was 20th in 18:17. This 2018 group ties the previous all-conference record mark set in 2016. Dixon earned the second most all-conference runners with six.
The Royal Lions had their best 5-man split of the season in 55 seconds and also notched the fastest 7-man split of 61 seconds.
Top 5 Team Scores:
1. Dixon (2A #3) - 27
2. Rockford Christian (2A #8) - 55
3. Rock Falls (1A #8) - 97
4. Winnebago (1A #18) -98
5. Byron - 132
In the open race, Josh Honkamp (Sr.) was the top RC finisher in 3rd place – his top finish ever in a cross country race. Honkamp’s time was 18:49. Freshmen Ben Capriola and Ethan Walsh closed out their stellar seasons finishing 5th and 6th in 19:00 and 19:25, respectively. Jonathan Kempe (So.) finished 8th and ran a personal best of 19:36 on the notoriously slow course at Park West. Tony Chen (Fr.) also made the top ten in 20:11. Oliver Buckner (So.) came within 10 seconds of his lifetime best running 21:25 and taking ribbon honors in 14th place.
For those familiar with Park West, the course has been modified. The gully just before the 2 mile marker is now circumnavigated with the addition of four ninety-degree turns.
Complete varsity team and individual results can be found here: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=154287&show=all
Pictures of the all races from the BNC (courtesy of Mr. Franseen) can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dE4LkKyXH5ET3kCSd2gsUjbPF0T6MoUK?usp=sharing
The Royal Lions will compete next on Saturday, October 20 at the IHSA 2A Regional hosted by Belvidere North at Spenser Park. Meet details will be posted on "RC You Know"
social media at a later time.