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Rockford Christian High School Girls Varsity Track finishes 1st place

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

9:00 AM





Meet Recap

The weather at Rockford Christian’s recently resurfaced eight-lane all-weather track was gorgeous on Saturday April 23. Sun shining, cool air, and a small breeze set the stage for an outstanding day for all ten teams competing at the Rockford Christian Invitational (RCI). On their home track, the RCSTF girls team stepped up and had a huge day including wins in the 4×200, 4×400, high jump, and 100 hurdles. All in all, the girls program brought home 93 points winning the day and setting a strong tone for the back half of the track season.

After discovering a technical error (only 9 hurdles instead of 10 on the track) at the Mat Wulf Invitational, sophomore captain Taylor Gorski snapped back from the bad news to defend her efforts and prove that she was, in fact, a sub 17 second 100 hurdler. Gorski not only demonstrated her abilities yet again with a victory in the event, but did so breaking 17 seconds AGAIN finishing at 16.77. She also placed fourth in the 300 hurdles later in the meet. Watch for Gorski to try her hand at the open 200m in the upcoming weeks.

The middle distance girls also had outstanding days across the board. Four of the eight girls combined in the 4×800 and open 800 had season bests or personal bests. Senior captain Kate Smith started the day for the program by running a 2:33 to open the 4×800 relay. In the open 800, freshman Madison Franseen took second to Hinckley-Big Rock’s Audrey Harrod. Harrod broke the meet record with her 2:21 finish, and Franseen found herself five seconds back at 2:26 — herself only a second off the previous meet record. Franseen has continued to chip away at her personal best all season and stands ready to lead a strong 4×800 relay in the coming weeks. Freshman Annika Peterson and senior captain Elise Combs also had breakthrough days breaking in the 2:40 barrier finishing at 2:37.09 and tying the event for 5th place. Both girls had excellent days and continue to aim for faster and faster splits in the coming weeks.

The sprint relays were also dominant on the day with the 4×200 “A” squad of Bridget Heffner (10), captain Natasha Ferrero (10), Annika Benink (12), and Sydney Hollis (12) taking the win with a season best 1:53.75. The 4×200 “B” squad of Callie Schmidt (10), Sydney Halversen (10), captain Kate Smith (12), Lexi Johnson (12) took a fourth place finish in the fast heat as well. Each member of the “B” squad has shown great potential in the event and today’s effort demonstrated each of their own abilities. Watch for the 4×200 relay to continue to develop with the sectional meet being their final showcase of speed and strength.

The 4×400 relay set the stage for sprinters versus middle distance between the two relays. The sprint relay composed of Benink, Ferrero, Heffner, and Hollis won the day with a strong 4:25.65 performance. Trailing in third place behind Hinckley-Big Rock was the middle distance squad of Franseen, Andrea Zwonitzer (10), Peterson, and Combs at 4:38. Every girl in both relays ran near season best times in the event which proved to be a highlight of the meet as fans and athletes lined the front stretch for the first in meet history.

The dynamic duo of Ferrero and Halverson also took a 1-2 finish in the high jump, with Halversen winning at 4-10 and Ferrero at 4-08. While the heights were only in the four foot range, both jumpers continued to show the necessary to technique improvements needed to make the “jump” to the five foot range. Watch these two ladies!

Other notable performances included:
Francine Breuning (11) – 5th in Long Jump, 7th in 200m Dash
Callie Schmidt (10) – 5th in Triple Jump
Annika Benink (12) – 5th 100m Dash

While the YOU KNOW! award was not presented at the meet, on Monday, freshman Cecily Holliday will receive the honor after a third place finish in the 3200m, including a one second PR on a negative split. Holliday also ran the personal best while running roughly 3000m of the race without nearby competition (second place was 40 seconds in front of her, and fourth was over 90 seconds behind her). It wasn’t just a demonstration of guts and effort won the award for her; her captains noted that every time they saw Cecily, she was out on the track or with her teammates cheering and encouraging them. So if she reads this early: congratulations to Cecily Holliday (and if she doesn’t, she’ll be surprised Monday!)

Full results can be found here:

The girls travel to Winnebago next Thursday afternoon for their final meet before championship competition. Follow all the action on Twitter at @RCSTF or on Facebook at RC You Know!


School Place Points
Rockford Christian High School
Saint Edward High School
Rockford Lutheran High School
Pecatonica High School
Hinckley-Big Rock High School
Christian Life High School
The Elgin Academy
North Boone High School