Category: Cross Country

Tracking progress – trophy cases beginning to fill up

If you ask anyone involved with Rockford Public Schools athletics if they are satisfied with where the sports programs stand, the answer is likely to be no. But if you look at the increasing number of milestones passed in the past couple of years, it is fair to say that District 205 is making progress […]

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Spangler, Guilford running great, highlights annual 2.05 run

Jenny Spangler, the Guilford distance runner who went to to excel at Iowa and then make the U.S. Olympic team as a marathoner, will be in Rockford on May 26 as a special guest for the fifth annual 2.05 Run to benefit Rockford Public Schools’ physical education programs. Spangler was inducted into the RPS Athletic […]

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East’s Friske takes top boys cross country honors

East senior Noah Friske, who won the NIC-10 cross country meet last month, was named conference MVP by NIC-10 coaches. Friske was the only District 205 runner named first team All-NIC-10 in the voting. Auburn senior Andrew Baxter was among the six runners singled out for special mention. Auburn senior Elle Maculan was the lone […]

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Sixth RPS Athletic Hall of Fame class announced

The first tennis, girls basketball and cross country athletes – as well as a Rose Bowl standout – headline the Rockford Public Schools’ sixth Athletic Hall of Fame class. Rockford East football star Jerry Stalcup will be the second individual E-Rab football player inducted – following Jerry Latin in 2013. The 1974 state title team was […]

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East’s Friske, 13 other RPS runners advance in cross country regionals

ROSCOE – East’s Noah Friske finished second in the Class 3A Hononegah cross country regional, one of four District 205 runners to advance to sectionals on Oct. 28. Friske, who won the NIC-10 boys cross country title, finished 20 seconds behind Algonquin Jacobs’ Zachary Albrecht. The three other RPS boys runners moving on were: Auburn’s Andrew Baxter, […]

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Two RPS runners finish in top 10 in IESA cross country

Jack Bonavia, a Rockford Marshall eighth grader, finished ninth out of 232 runners in the Illinois Elementary Sports Association Class 2A cross country finals. The IESA state meet took place on Oct. 14 in Normal. Bonavia ran the two-mile race in 10:47.8. Fiker Rosen of Quincy St. Peter won with a 9:43.3. Rockford Flinn’s Michelle […]

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1985 Boys Cross Country

Before Noah Friske and Jordan Van Barriger, the last time an East runner won the NIC-10 boys cross country race was Rick Gasparini in 1985.

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Friske makes it back-to-back cross country titles for East

East’s Noah Friske dominated the NIC-10 Cross Country Meet Saturday morning, beating Belvidere North’s Alec Scott by nearly 15 seconds to win the individual title. Friske’s win was the second in a row for East, following Jordan Van Barriger’s title in 2016. Before Van Barriger it is believed that East hadn’t had a boys cross […]

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IESA: Marshall boys, Flinn’s Gasmund win sectionals

Marshall Middle School’s boys cross country team won one of 24 Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) sectionals Saturday to qualify for the Class 2A state meet. Marshall had four of the top 20 runners, led by eighth-grader Jack Bonavia’s second-place showing. The boys team had 55 points to finish ahead of Rock Falls (97) and Rockford […]

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Auburn runner wins Winnebago Invitational

Auburn senior Elle Maculan continued a stellar senior cross country season by winning the Roger Schmidt Invitational in Winnebago Saturday, topping 62 other runners. Maculan ran the three kilometer race in 12:27.6, a 6:41-mile pace, beating Sterling Newman’s Karlie Hey by nearly 15 seconds. The Knights took third out of eight teams powered by Maculan’s […]

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