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Rockford Christian High School Boys Varsity Track finishes 8th place

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

12:00 AM





Meet Recap

Charleston, Illinois — The Rockford Christian Royal Lions had a day of days at the IHSA 1A State Track Finals. The 10 boys combined to scored 25 points in five different events with each of them taking home all-state honors. The team finished eighth over all.

The 4x800m of co-captain Brian Smith (Sr.), co-captain Nick Monkemeyer (Sr.), Josiah Vogel (So.), and Riley Wells (Fr.) became the program’s first relay state champions. The quartet ran 7:54.78 shattering the school record they set during Thursday’s prelims. The splits were 1:59.2, 1:58.8, 1:59.4, and 1:57.1 for the boys.

Co-captain Brady Irwin (Sr.) made 6′ 4″ in the high jump to earn all-state honors. Irwin’s seventh place finish and 6′ 4″ are the best any RCSTF jumper has ever finished at the state meet.

The 4x200m relay of Jacob Kennay (So.), co-captain Nick McMahon (Sr.), Chase Roche (Jr.), and Quinn Halversen (Jr.) entered finals as the eighth seed from prelims. The unit ran their third consecutive season best and reset their own school record from Thursday. Their splits of 23.1, 22.9, 22.4, and 22.2 combined for a blistering 1:31.17 and fifth place. Halversen also became the first ever RCSTF boys athlete to earn all-state honors in both a field event (High Jump, 2014) and a track event (4x200m, 2016).

Wells was visibly fatigued when he took the line for the 1600m final. However, he patiently maintained contact with the chase pack until the final stretch. Cutting down four runners in the last 100m he got up for seventh place in 4:32.74. His preliminary mark of 4:26.50 was a freshman record – and currently ranks him as the 38th best freshman in the country according to

Finally, the 4x400m relay of Kennay, Jack Smith (Sr.), Smith, and Vogel closed out an incredible day of competition for the team. On short recovery, due to an accelerated meet schedule, the squad ran 3:31.22 and finished seventh. The accomplishment is all the more amazing forJack Smith given that he was forced to sit out of training for nearly six weeks after pulled his hamstring back in February. Vogel’s 50.6 anchor leg is third fastest split ever run by an RCSTF runner at the state meet.

Full team and individual results can be found at

It was truly a day of days for the RCSTF program. Our team motto “RC You Know” and our 2016 theme of “Save Nothing” were realized and on display for the entire state of Illinois to witness.

The Rockford Christian Track and Field team will celebrate the entire 2016 season and the individual achievements of all the athletes at our awards banquet on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the blue gym.

Coach’s Note: A special thank you goes out to the many people who have helped make this special season possible including (but not limited to) the following: girls head coach John Deery, volunteer coaches Joel and Jenn Sprecher, Mike McIntosh, Kelly McKibben, and Tom McMahon; assistant coaches Christine Regan and Stuart Lohrenz; the generous support and aid of the Roegner, Halversen, Brander, Monkemeyer, McIntosh and Capriola families; the RCS administrative team of Isaiah Johnson, Cheri Smith, Drew Popejoy, and Randy Taylor; athletic secretary Patti Davis; and especially Liz, my wife, for all of her sacrifices that allow me to continue my calling here at Rockford Christian.


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