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Rockford Christian High School Boys Varsity Cross Country finishes 1st place

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

4:30 PM





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The Rockford Christian boys opened the cross country season in fine fashion winning the Rock Falls Rocket Run placing 5 runners in the top 10 out of the 86 man field.

The Royal Lions scored 31 points to defeat 2A Burlington Central and 1A preseason state ranked Rock Falls (#15) and Sterling Newman (#18). Rockford Christian co-captain Nick Monkemeyer (Sr.) finished 2nd to Brayden Hamblen of Rock Falls 16:08 to 16:11 over the 3 mile course at Centennial Park.

The Royal Lion pack of Josiah Vogel (So.), Ethan Volk (Sr.), Noah Wells (Jr.), Riley Wells (Fr.), and Jack Kurtz (Jr.) finished 6-8-9-10-11 overall. In just his first high school race, Riley Wells became the 7th fastest Rockford Christian freshman over the 3 mile distance running a time of 17:01. Vogel’s time of 16:49 also broke into the RC all-time lists as the 8th fastest Rockford Christian sophomore. Jack Kurtz, an accomplished youth triathlete, ran a 3 mile personal record of 17:05 in his first cross country race since middle school.

It was all Rockford Christian in the open division with a perfect score of 15 points. Andy Volk (Fr.) dominated the 65 runner field winning in a time of 17:35. He was trailed by co-captain John Holliday (Sr.) who ran 18:12, team chaplain Grant Franseen (Sr.) in 18:12, Cal Granite’s (Fr.) 18:13 was a personal record , as was Josh Honkamp’s (Fr.) time of 18:31. Honkamp’s kick in the home stretch to overtake Zach Lohrenz of Burlington Central solidified the Royal Lions perfect 1-2-3-4-5 victory. Toby McIntosh (So.) finished 7th.

The Royal Lions next race will be at the Oregon Open on Saturday, September 5 at Park West, Oregon.

Complete team scores and individual results can be found at

Varsity Team Scores
1. Rockford Christian – 31
2. Burlington Central – 63
3. Sterling Newman – 84
4. Rock Falls – 86
5. Genoa-Kingston – 202

Varsity Individual Top 10
1. Brayden Hamblen (RF) – 16:08
2. Nick Monkemeyer (RC) – 16:11
3. Seth Williams (RF) – 16:27
4. Chris Ahlers (SN) – 16:38
5. James Blackburn (A)- 16:47
6. Josiah Vogel (RC) – 16:49
7. Nick Harvey (BC) – 16:52
8. Ethan Volk (RC) – 16:58
9. Noah Wells (RC) – 17:01
10. Riley Wells (RC) – 17:01


School Place Points
Rockford Christian High School