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Rockford Christian High School Boys Varsity Track finishes 1st place

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

9:00 AM





Meet Recap

Rockford, Illinois — The Royal Lions were victorious at home in the 13th Annual Rockford Christian Invitational. The boys scored a meet record of 202 points against the 12 team field and won eight of the eighteen contested events.

Co-captain Brady Irwin (Sr.) won both the high and triple jumps, leaping 6′ 0″ and 40′ 0″ to claim the squad’s only double individual victories. Grant Franseen (Sr.) finished sixth in the triple with a 36′ 9″ mark.

Co-captain Nick Monkemeyer (Sr.) lead a 1-2-3 finish for Rockford Christian in the 800m. His time of 2:00.73 is currently the eight fastest time in 1A according to the rankings. Brian Smith (Sr.) and Josiah Vogel (So.) ran 2:02.16 and 2:02.93 respectively.

Co-captain Nick McMahon (Sr.) won the 200m with a personal record of 23.28. The time is the third fastest in program history. acob Kennay (So.) finished second in 23.47 also putting him in the team’s all time listings at fifth.

Quinn Halversen (Jr.) won the long jump with an 18′ 9″ leap into a headwind. Nicholas Capriola also placed with a 17′ 9.5″ mark.

Pat McMahon (Sr.) won the 110m hurdles in 17.03 just off his personal best. Noah Fulcomer (Fr.) ran 18.03 for fourth and Brock Paquin ran 18.53 for sixth place.

In the 1600m Riley Wells (Fr.) lead from wire to wire to running 4:32.06 – currently making him the second fastest freshmen in the entire state regardless of class. Brent Brunner (Fr.) also produced a fantastic time running 4:49.44 finishing fourth. John Holliday (Sr.) ran a personal best of 5:05.22.

Finally, the 4x400m quartet of Jack Smith (Sr.), Vogel, Monkemeyer, and Smith ran a season’s best time of 3:34.14 for the final victory of the day. The mark is currently the fourth fastest in the 1A class.

Other personal bests included the following: Kody Page (Fr.) in the high jump; Toby McIntosh (So.), Ben Thomas (So.) and Ethan Brander (So.) in the pole vault; Elijah Nitz (Fr.) in the shot put; Nitz in the disc with a 123′ 0″ toss and Jaden Ferlita (Fr.); in the 300m hurdles McMahon, Fulcomer, and Brock Paquin (So.) all ran personal bests; and finally the 3200m saw 3 for 3 personal records fall for Jack Kurtz (Jr.), Will Mecklenburg (Jr.), and Cal Granite (Fr.).

Complete team and individual results can be found at

Additional meet highlights and photos can be viewed on the “RC You Know” Facebook page or @rcyouknow on Twitter.

The Royal Lions will have a split squad next week. Some athletes will compete on Tuesday, April 26 at the Polo-Forreston Relays. Other athletes will complete on Friday, April 29 at the Oregon Hawk Classic. Meet rosters will be posted online after Monday’s team meeting.

Finally (on a personal note) I would like to say, “Thank you!” to all those who helped to make the 13th Annual Rockford Christian Invitational possible. People (not times or heights or distances) are what make a meet – or a team – great. We had over 55 volunteers of parents, students, teachers, administration, coaches, alumni, friends, and family working the RCI from food service to raking to timing to photography to video review. Thank you for giving our time a great meet!


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