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Rockford Christian High School Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 2nd place

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

9:00 AM





Meet Recap

The RCXC girls had a record setting day out in the heat at Park West’s slow wet course hosted by Oregon High School. The team — already down six runners due to illness and injury — took a second place finish to 2A powerhouse Kaneland. The RC girls were also able to beat long-time rival Winnebago for the first time in program history. This accomplishment was proof of a strong team effort, but there were a few standout performances as well.

Freshman Madison Franseen finished second after three miles of smart, veteran racing. Early in the race, Franseen found herself back between tenth and fifteen place; but as the race progressed, she was able to make slow smart moves and gain back ground of the slowing field. Her final time was 19:59.9 putting her 20 seconds behind Kaneland’s Brianna Bower.

Stepping up in the pack was another freshman, Cecily Holiday. From the gun, Holiday was a woman on fire out in the pack. She found herself closer to RC’s two-through-four pack of girls at the mile and two mile marks than ever before. She ended up catching the RC pack and taking the fourth position on the team, out-kicking sick teammate Carolynn Claussen, to finish at 23:07.

A final noteworthy performance was that of senior captain Kate Smith. After a long summer and a rough start to the season, Smith finished as the second girl on the team, with a time of 22:08. The finish was a confidence boost, as she proudly exclaimed, “I’m back!” following the race. Smith has been plagued with knee problems for over a year, and additional illnesses have been taxing her body this fall.

Complete results should eventually be available at

The full girls squad travels to Peoria for the First to the Finish Invitational hosted on the state meet course this upcoming weekend. Many of the top teams from the 1A Sectional Meet will be competing against the Royal Lions at the FTTF Invitational, promising great competition and an early projection of how the sectional could play out.


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Rockford Christian High School