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2012 2013 Boys Cross Country Season:RB's first

January 7, 2013
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State Results:  

By Joe Stevenson joestevenson@shawmedia.com

In Class 1A, Richmond-Burton’s James Kaht was 19th to earn All-State honors and helped the Rockets to fifth place, their best team finish ever at state.

R-B took advantage of dropping from Class 2A to 1A this year by qualifying as a team. The Rockets won the Lisle Sectional last week.

“I think we ran fine,” R-B coach Keith Forth said. “There’s a lot of good competition here. This is where you’re supposed to turn it up a notch.”

Kaht certainly did that in the last 800 meters, moving into the top 20.

“I’m pretty shocked,” Kaht said. “In that last half mile I made my move and got as many guys as I could. I was really trying to figure out what place I was in, but you don’t really think that much when you’re out there, you just try and do it.” (NWHerald 11/3/12)  

See complete artilce @ http://www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2012/11/03/r_kd5qr7rsxupy8z6vuffza/index.xml

R-B’s first: The Rockets’ sectional title at Lisle is their first in school history. They climbed to No. 2 in the rankings by Illinois Prep Harrier last week behind Champaign St. Thomas More.


James Kaht and D.J. Wolfram were fourth and fifth overall and figured second and third in the team standings (individual qualifiers are tossed out of the team scoring). As a team, R-B placed its five runners – Kaht, Wolfram, Ben Gardner, Aaron Spivey and Ryan Garrett – in the top 12. (NWHerald 10/29/12)


Class 1A Lisle Sectional: Richmond-Burton (33) rolled to the top team finish, and Johnsburg (105) took third to both qualify for state.


James Kaht (16:57), D.J. Wolfram (16:58), Ben Gardner (17:16) and Aaron Spivey (17:22) all finished in the top 10 (among team-attached runners) in the 3.1 mile race for R-B. (NWHerald 10/28/12)

Richmond-Burton follows Wolfram to BNC cross country crown

By CHRISTOPHER HEIMERMAN - editorial@nwherald.com

ROCK FALLS – Richmond-Burton’s D.J. Wolfram decided he had been on his feet long enough.

Wolfram sat on a manhole cover just beyond the finishing chute in Centennial Park at Saturday’s Big Northern Conference Cross Country Meet, his head tipping over into the mud while he gripped his ailing back. Not that anyone could tell it was ailing by the way Wolfram ran.

The Rockets’ senior blocked out the pain from two pinched nerves, ignoring his chiropractor’s advice, and led R-B to the BNC team crown with 57 points. Wolfram finished seventh as the Rockets successfully defended their title by putting their five scoring runners in the top 17. Winnebago was second with 78 points.

Marengo’s girls notched a near-perfect score with 16 points to win their third consecutive title. The Indians’ Katie Adams remained unbeaten this season, winning the race by more than a minute and Marengo had its five runners in the top six spots.

R-B’s boys now have won four of the past five BNC team titles. Harvard finished fifth with 129 points, led by Jorge Pichardo (third) and Timmy Wiltshire (sixth). Wolfram stepped in a hole during a race Tuesday and suffered the injury, which his chiropractor diagnosed as pinched nerves. He saw the doctor twice since Tuesday.

“It was all adrenaline out there,” Wolfram said. “I just had one goal today – to do whatever I could to help this team win. We don’t have enough guys. If I go out, we don’t have enough guys to fill in. I did whatever I could for the team. I couldn’t fail for them.”

Aaron Spivey (ninth), James Kaht (10th), Ryan Garrett (14th) and Mike Bland (17th) finished the scoring for R-B. (NWHerald 10/14/12)

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Athlete of the Week

James Kaht~Richmond-Burton, Senior

Kaht returned to the Rockets’ lineup last week to take 22nd in 15:56 and lead the Rockets at the Sterling Invitational.

Kaht missed the Antioch Invitational the previous week while letting a foot injury heal so he could be ready for the rest of the season.

R-B finished eighth as a team at that meet.

R-B is ranked No. 3 in Class 1A by Illinois Prep Harrier, a website that covers state cross country. (by Joe Stevenson NWHerald 10/13/12)

Postseason starts:  The Big Northern Conference Meet will start with the girls race at 10 a.m. at Centennial Park in Rock Falls. Marengo will be favored to take its third consecutive title, led by Katie Adams, who has not lost a race this season.

Richmond-Burton’s boys will be looking to repeat and could be pushed by Winnebago. R-B is ranked No. 3 in Class 1A by the website Illinois Prep Harrier. (NWHerald 10/11/12)

Rocket runners hold their own on the course


It has been a pretty good all-around season for the Richmond-Burton cross country program so far this year. The boys’ team has used their experience and leadership to hang around the top half of meets all year, while the girls’ team with a little more youth has been able to hold their own as well by putting worth worthy efforts.

This same scenario was evident Sept. 29, as the two teams participated in the competitive multi-team meet that featured several area schools. The Rockets were just one of 16 teams to take part in the 39th annual Patricia Harland Invite hosted by Antioch High School at Fox River Park in Silver Lake, Wis.

The Richmond boys were fifth overall with a score of 169 despite not having one of their top athletes in James Kaht who is nursing a foot injury. Crystal Lake Central took home top honors at the meet by coming in first with 45, as Jacobs was the runner-up in second at 68.

In the girls’ competition, the Lady Rockets came away with 11th place with a mark of 343 on the day. Jacobs was the team to beat in the top spot at 36, as Marengo was 10 points behind them and came in second with 46

The event featured a 5K or three-mile run through the park that included both flat and hilly terraine. It was separated into three different races for both genders including a varsity (mostly juniors and seniors) race, junior varsity (primarily freshmen and sophomores) and open (mixed) field. The places of the top five runners for each school were added together to come up with the overall team scores.

Crystal Lake senior Alex Baker paced the field of 112 runners in the varsity race by coming in first with a time of 15:32.60. Marengo senior Katie Adams easily took home the medalist honors in the varsity girls’ race by crossing the finish line first with a time of 17:41:34 out of 108 runners.

The top finisher for the Rocket boys on the day was senior Aaron Spivey coming in 16th place with a time of 16:48.56. Also helping out with the scoring for the Rockets included senior D.J. Wolfram in 25th at 17:05.56’ junior Ryan Garrett in 36th with 17:33.24, junior Ben Gardner in 45th at 17:54.34 and senior Mike Bland in 53nd with 18:03.49.

In the varsity girls’ competition, Richmond sophomore Meagan Spohr was the best finisher by coming in 29th place with 20:56.48. Others’ contributing to the scoring for the Rockets included senior Skylar Bayer in 65th at 22:55.40, sophomore Eden Manuel in 72nd with 22:47.57, senior Carli Briggs in 101st at 25:15.96 and senior Amanda Patsis in 107th with 26:29.54. (Richmond, Spring Grove, Johnsburg Report 10/5/12)

Byron Handicap Races: At Byron Forest Preserve, Richmond-Burton (94 points) took third in the staggered-start meet that included eight teams, and Kaneland (26) won.

Ben Gardner (10), Ryan Garrett (20) and D.J. Wolfram (21) had the best scores for the Rockets. (NWHerald 10/4/12)

Palatine Invitational:  Richmond-Burton was fifth as a team with 169 points, although the Rockets held out No. 2 runner James Kaht, who is nursing a foot injury, to get ready for the postseason in two weeks. (NWHerald 9/30/12)

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James “J.T” Taylor Invitational: At Camp Henry Horner in Fox Lake, Aaron Spivey placed fifth with a time of 16:40.07 and James Kaht placed seventh with a time of 16:43.65 on the 3-mile course to help Richmond-Burton pull out the win. (NWHerald 9/23/12)

Rare treat for runners

By JOE STEVENSON - joestevenson@shawmedia.com

WOODSTOCK – Richmond-Burton junior Ben Gardner found himself in a different race Saturday at the Woodstock Ryan Byrne Festival.

Running in the meet with flighted races, Gardner was alone after the first mile on the 3.1-mile course at Emricson Park.

“I was racing myself there,” said Gardner, the Flight 5 winner. “It was a mental game because there was no one else to pace off of. Having everyone cheering you on out front was a blast. It was kind of weird, I’m not used to that.”

In the flighted race, all No. 7 runners from boys and girls, varsity and junior varsity, are sent out together first. Every 20 minutes, another flight is started. Those runners, like Gardner, who normally don’t lead a race, are thrust outside their comfort zone.

Each flight counts the same, so for a day, a team’s No. 7 runner is as valuable as its No. 1.

McHenry won the varsity boys team title with 19 points, followed by R-B (23) and Huntley (24). Prairie Ridge and Woodstock tied for the girls title with 21 points each. There also is an overall trophy awarded to the school with the lowest four scores for boys varsity and junior varsity, and girls varsity and junior varsity. Prairie Ridge won that trophy with 78 points in the four team races. Huntley (111) was second and McHenry (114) was third.

McHenry’s Calvin Quarterman (No. 2) and Kyle Mindick (4) won their flights to lead the Warriors to the boys team title. Prairie Ridge’s Joe Cowlin defeated McHenry’s Jesse Reiser in Flight 1 in a race of two of the area’s top boys runners.

Woodstock’s Maura Beattie won Flight 1 for the girls, with McHenry’s Lauren Opatrny taking second.

The runners enjoy the change from the norm in the middle of their season.

“It really gives the runners toward the back half of the lineup a chance to win a race,” said R-B’s No. 6 runner Mike Bland, who also won his flight. “The feeling of winning a race is so much fun. This is one of my favorite meets of the year. I’m usually trying to be in the top 50.”

Woodstock’s Kerstin Wolf won Flight 3 and said she likes aspects of the different format.

“I enjoy how it’s mixed up, and I like running with the guys,” Wolf said. “The smaller groups are kind of nice. Everyone has a chance to get medals. You can run with people who are faster than you and can push you, but you have a chance to compete with them.”

Prairie Ridge sophomore Scott Hearne won the varsity boys Flight 3 and said his 16:47 was close to a personal best, even though he was running in front and on a difficult course.

“This is a fun race,” Hearne said. “It makes it more fun to run against people your speed. I took the lead when two guys went the wrong way and was able to hold them off in the bowl.”

The race was named in 1999 for Byrne, a former Northwest Herald sports writer who died of cancer in May of that year. Byrne ran on some strong teams at Crystal Lake Central, and his passion for running showed with his coverage of cross country and track and field.

His parents, Peter and Kris, have a plaque at a tree that marks the course’s spot where one-half mile remains. The final words on the plaque are, “… you are not alone. Run with Ryan.”

Prairie Ridge girls coach Kelly MacDonald was at Central when Byrne ran and later when he covered races for the Northwest Herald. She mentioned what the race meant to her team Friday at school.

“We do a visualization where we sit in a dark room and I talk them through their race,” MacDonald said. “We talked about Ryan and why we’re running here [at Woodstock]. I said, ‘When you get to this point [with the plaque], say thanks because you’re alive and you can do what you love.” (NWHerald 9/17/12)

Burlington Central Quadrangular: At Burlington, Aaron Spivey (16:26.7) and James Kaht (16:35.4) finished 1-2 en route to Richmond-Burton’s first-place team finish in the 2.99-mile race. (9/12/12)

Wauconda Invitational~Kaht & Spivey pace Rockets:  Richmond-Burton, which dropped to Class 1A this season, finished fifth as a team.

R-B had 180 for fifth place, the same spot the Rockets had four years ago.

“It was our goal to make top five,” Rockets coach Keith Forth said. “We still have to plug some holes, but it’s a good improvement from earlier in the week.”

James Kaht was 14th and Aaron Spivey was 16th to lead R-B. (NWHerald 9/9/12)

For complete article by Joe Stevenson see CL Central boys win without Bakerhttp://www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2012/09/09/r_tzeaj43ttuukfqlohwi8sq/index.xml


Antioch Quad: At Antioch, Richmond-Burton (39) won the five-team meet. Aaron Spivey (17:12) finished third overall, and James Kaht (18:07) placed fifth. Ryan Garrett (18:15) and D.J. Wolfram (18:18) nabbed the sixth and seventh place spots in the 5K run. (NWHerald 8/24/12)


Coach: Keith Forth (14th season).

Last year’s finish: Big Northern Conference champion.

Top returning runners: Aaron Spivey, sr.; D.J. Wolfram, sr.; Mike Bland, sr.; James Kaht, jr.; Ryan Garrett, jr.; Ben Gardner, jr.; Greg Arther, jr.

Season outlook: The Rockets won BNC titles in 2009 and 2011, with a second in between. With another strong team and their move to Class 1A, they could have one of their best seasons. Forth said summer workouts went well and that R-B can make noise in Class 1A. (NWHerald 8/23/12)

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