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Rockford Christian High School Boys Varsity Cross Country finishes 18th place

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

12:00 PM





Meet Recap

The Rockford Christian boys finished the 2015 season placing 18th in the IHSA 2A State Meet on Saturday, November 7.

The Royal Lions top finisher was Riley Wells (Fr.) who ran a personal best of 15:48 to finish 71 out of the 209 man field. The Royal Lion pack ran a tight 37 second split. The 2-5 was made up of Ethan Volk (Sr.), who tied his personal record of 15:53; Josiah Vogel (So.), finished just of his PR in 15:58; Jack Kurtz (Jr.), running in his first state meet ran 16:14; and Noah Wells (Jr.), who closed out the team score with a time of 16:24. Andy Volk (Fr.) ran 16:45 finishing as the 6th man for the team. Nick Monkemeyer (Sr.) struggled after coming through the 2 mile mark and was unable to complete the course.

The combined top five runners ran a time of 1:20:19 (an average of 16:03 a runner). It is the 3rd fastest performance of any Rockford Christian team at Detweiller Park.

There is some historical symmetry between the 2002 and 2015 state teams. In 2002, the first Rockford Christian cross country team to qualify for the IHSA 1A State Meet finished 18th as well. It seams fitting.

We began the 2015 season with the theme “Champion in Training” as a means of recognizing the athletic potential of this team, but more importantly we focused on developing the character of a “champion” in and through Jesus Christ. The trials and tribulations we have faced individually and collectively have been unique. I am incredibly proud of each of you – not just for your dedication to the physical training, but for your perseverance in faith.

It has been a great pleasure to coach this team. I am especially grateful for the seniors: Nick Monkemeyer, Ethan Volk, Lukas Marshall, John Holliday, and Grant Franseen. They are outstanding young men of faith, determination, resilience, and endurance. I will be be sharing their legacy with the future generations of Rockford Christian cross country runners to come.

I look forward to further celebrating the season at the awards banquet where I will share stories of your individual accomplishments and unique personalities.

I still believe in you! A friend for life…



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