***(Race photos included with some coach's recaps below!)***
2012 Ridgewood Spartans Girls Cross Country Team
2012 Ridgewood Spartans Boys Cross Country Team
Coaches: Karen Clark and Kim Jansen
2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Schedule
8/23/2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Coach's Recap
Hillcrest Resort in Orion
Kewanee HS, Orion, Sherrard
(Top 5 runners are scored)
Girls: Katie Stevenson 26:07, Kendall McKie 27:07 Madison Miller, Marissa Underwood and Emily McDowell ran in their first meet.
Boys: (2nd place out of 4 teams , missed winning by one point -- Sherrard 27 - Ridgewood 28):
2nd Jonathan Walsten
4th Dylan Brooks
7th James Brooks
9th Jason Beam
10th Anthony Brown
Also running John DeSutter, and first race for Daniel Urbina, Tristan Akers, and Kyle Ford.
Proud of all of them on a hot day!
8/27/2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Coach's Recap
Farmington Invite at Farmington High School with representatives from 11 or 12 schools
Varsity Girls --Runners included Katie Stevenson, Kendall McKie, Emily McDowell and Marissa Underwood. We were not able to have a complete team so no results there.
Coed Open - boys run the usual three miles and girls run 2 miles. Boys start three minutes ahead of the girls and then they finish together. Two of our girls who ran in that race placed in the combined top ten and won a medal--Kallie Esp and Madison Miller. Other runners in this race included Kyle Ford, Tristan Akers, John DeSutter, and RJ Dearmore.
Overall team 2nd Place--First place was Mid County. This is the first time we have won varsity team trophy. Two years ago our Fresh-soph boys trophied at the Monmouth Fresh Soph meet--but this is number one for our boys.
We had three medalists--Jonathan Walsten 6th, Dylan Brooks 8th and Chris Bowles 9th. Other members of the team included James Brooks, Jason Beam, Anthoney Brown and Daniel Urbina.
We are very excited!
The boy's team that won second
All of our medalists
Tristan and John running in the co-ed race
Katie and Kendall running in the girls race
9/4/2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Coach's Recap
Galesburg Invitational was rescheduled to Tuesday Sept 4 due to poor weather conditions. To have two meets in three days canceled due to weather condtions is extremely rare! On a hot, humid day all ran well with several girls completing their first three mile course. Dylan Brooks placed 30th out of all runners and earned a medal.
9/8/2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Coach's Recap
First to the Finish Invitational, Detweiller Park, Peoria. This huge event with races in all three classes hosted over 5000 total runners across the morning. The Girls and Boys teams raced first thing on a cool clear morning. All runners ran their personal bests in races with approximately 500 runners in each. The team enjoyed a stop at Knoxville Square for some well deserved food and down time.
9/10/2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Coach's Recap
Monmouth-Roseville Fr. Soph Invite, Monday, Sept 10. Eleven of our Freshmen and Sophomore boys and girls competed in this event with eight other area schools. Athletes ran a tough and hilly course and did very well. Dylan Brooks placed 3rd over all and Jason Beam placed 10th overall. As a team the boys placed second and earned a well deserved plaque. Congratulations to all participants.
9/22/2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Coach's Recap
Kewanee Invite - Due to Homecoming Activities, only six boys ran in the Varsity Boys Division. Overall the team was 5th out of 9 and in the mix with Mid County, Sherrard and IVC. Jonathan Walsten, Dylan Brooks and Chris Bowles were in the top twenty finishers and won trophies. Jason Beam ran a personal best of 19:13 on the three mile course. Anthoney Brown and Tristin Heady rounded out the team
10/1/2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Coach's Recap
Erie Meet - Jonathan Walsten 13th Place. Team over all 5th place for boys. At 11 middle school students from the two schools ran as Ridgewood Middle School Cross country in a one mile race. Erie-Prophetstown has always hosted a one mile run for middle school students. Over the years this has developed from a fun run for middle schoolers to get their feet wet and be introduced to the idea of cross country running. Each of the participant received a Ridgewood Cross country shirt to wear in the meet and keep! The following 6,7, and 8th graders participated in the race and then watched the Varsity races: Daisy Johnson, Mabel Losey, Madeline DeSutter, Carlie Barman, Julia Nail Renee Fortino, Tim Heady, Sam Johnson, Andrew Hand, Jack Bumann, and Keegan Brown. All did a great job and we look forward to their involvement in future years!
10/4/2012 Ridgewood Spartans Cross Country Coach's Recap
Lincoln Trail Conference Meet - Needless to say this meet was hit by thunderstorms so race time was delayed. We ended up running both boys and girls together with very little warm up for anybody. We spent lots of time on the bus or shivering! Competiton was very tough in both the boys and girls division. Jonathan Walsten placed 10th and was awarded "All conference" Honors. Several runners did run personal bests at this meet: James Brooks, Emily McDowell, Madison Miller, Tristan Akers, John DeSutter, Kyle Ford and Daniel Urbina! Unfortunately we have been really hit by injuries and illness. Several runners did not participate in this meet due to illness and terrible conditions which would not help the situation.