Rock Bridge rolls at Border Wars XC Championship


The spectacular season for the Rock Bridge Boys and Girls continued Friday in St. Charles’ McNair Park at the 2011 Border Wars XC Championship. The Bruins came away with easy wins, cruising to 17 and 30 point totals on Friday afternoon. There were no divisions or classifications, just one girl’s race and one boy’s race with medals going to the top 50 finishers in each.

Photos here: http://mo.milesplit.com/meets/97231 or soon at chrisa.photoshelter.com

The Lady Bruins got things started with a 1-2 finish by the freshman/senior standout duo of Kayla Funkenbusch and Sam Garrett. Funkenbusch scored the only sub 20 minute performance-19:55 on the girl’s side on the many turns and occasional rough footing of McNair Park. Garret was 10 seconds back. Not far behind Funkenbusch and Garrett were Rock Bridge’s Megan Schulte in 4th and Mackenzie Schimpf in 7th. Emily Wright added a 16th place and Annie Murphy was 27th to put 6 in the top 30 for the Bruins who had 1-5 split of 1:29. Rock Bridge totaled 8 medalists on the girl’s side with 8 finishing in the top 39.
Coach Neal Blackburn, in his 11th year at Rock Bridge after coaching at Osceola, has done a great job of building the program and it shows in the numbers and depth of talent. 40 boys and 35 girls were entered in the meet for the Bruins.
After the Lady Bruins domination it was the boy’s turn. After apparently staying with their teammates through the mile the Bruins top 3 pulled away from the field quickly with large leads at 1.5 miles. Caleb Wilfong led the way with Nathan Keown and Jordan Cook trailing. The white jersey’s with green RB on the chests just kept coming, and by the finishline the only question was how few points the Bruins would total. Wilfong took the title in 16:21 while fellow senior Cook surpased junior Keown and finished in 16:31 with Keown 5 seconds back in 16:36. McCluer North standout Nicolas Stewart was the only one to keep Rock Bridge from a perfect 15. He was 4th in 16:53 while Rock Bridge’s so Evan Schulte and junior Nick Dale weren’t far behind in 5th-16:56 and 6th-17:08. Sophomore Zach Cook was 8th in 17:17 and Colin Sees rounded out the top 7 in 11th in 17:29. The Bruins earned 12 of the top 50 medals on the boy’s side.
While a meet title is a big deal for most teams, these Bruins have much bigger goals. The only meets the squads haven’t won this season I believe for both teams was two weeks ago at the huge Palatine Invitational in Chicago. They didn’t come home with titles but both had impressive finishes. The girls came away with a 9th place finish scoring 229 points in the 28 team race. The boys though were amazing. They finished 2nd to host Palatine and beat Legendary program York. Palatine totaled 110 with the Bruins at 126 and York at 136 in the 28 team race. That race, along with their talent and previous State Meet finishes of 3rd in 2009 and 2nd last year has earned the boys some national attention and a spot in the national rankings.
I believe the ladies will be looking for their first ever state trophy this year but they, along with boys have higher hopes. They’re shooting for state titles and have a good mix of talented runners thoughout the grade levels who are ready to deliver. The boys join the list of great Missouri Boys teams of the last 20 years to earn a spot in the national rankings but want to do what thos programs have done, win a state title. After talking with the boys and coaches they’re primed and focused on goal.
Congrats to the Bruins for another great meet! Stay healthy and we’ll enjoy watching you the rest of the way.
2011 Border Wars XC Championships Top Results
Girls
Top 7 Team Scores                                  
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Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
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High School Results 5000 Run                                                    
   1 Rock Bridge                  30    1    2    4    7   16   26   36         
      Total Time:  1:42:13.40                                                   
         Average:    20:26.68                                                   
   2 Holt                         92    3   19   20   21   29   53   72         
      Total Time:  1:48:10.40                                                   
         Average:    21:38.08                                                   
   3 Jackson                     115    6   11   18   22   58   76   81         
      Total Time:  1:48:54.40                                                    
         Average:    21:46.88                                                   
   4 St. Charles West            156   24   28   31   33   40   42   49         
      Total Time:  1:52:41.50                                                    
         Average:    22:32.30                                                   
   5 Webster Groves              164    8   27   32   34   63   77   80         
      Total Time:  1:52:26.10                                                    
         Average:    22:29.22                                                   
   6 Villa Duchesne              195   13   14   46   48   74   83   89         
      Total Time:  1:53:19.20                                                    
         Average:    22:39.84                                                   
   7 Incarnate Word Academy      195   10   37   38   50   60   92  101         
      Total Time:  1:53:54.20                                                    
         Average:    22:46.84                                                  
Rock Bridge
4 in top 7
5 in top 16
6 in top 27
8 in top 39
8 medalists-top 50
Top 27 High School Results 5000 Run                                                    
  1 Funkenbusch, Kayla        FR Rock Bridge           19:55.90    1            
  2 Garrett, Sam              JR Rock Bridge           20:05.50    2            
  3 Lucas, Hannah             SR Holt                  20:07.00    3            
  4 Schulte, Megan            SO Rock Bridge           20:10.30    4            
  5 Noble, Maggie             JR Duchesne              20:22.40    5            
  6 Dickerson, Taylor         SR Jackson               20:28.00    6            
  7 Schimpf, Mackenzie        JR Rock Bridge           20:38.60    7            
  8 Hickey, Brianna           SR Webster Groves        20:38.70    8             
  9 Behnke, Amanda            SR Lutheran South        20:47.40    9            
 10 Orf, Maddie               JR Incarnate Word        20:53.30   10            
 11 Seabaugh, Lindsey         SR Jackson               20:57.80   11             
 12 Hantak, Gabby             SO Rosati-Kain           20:58.50   12            
 13 Stock, Cece               SO Villa Duchesne        21:01.90   13            
 14 Marker, Elise             FR Villa Duchesne        21:11.50   14            
 15 Klotzer, Karsten          FR Lutheran North        21:14.90   15            
 16 Wright, Emily             JR Rock Bridge           21:23.10   16            
 17 Burke, Taylore            SO Parkway Central       21:41.90                 
 18 Bader, Ali                FR Duchesne              21:49.40   17            
 19 Fridley, Meg              FR Jackson               21:50.80   18            
 20 Carreon, Chandler         SO Holt                  21:51.20   19            
 21 Piper, Abby               SO Holt                  21:51.60   20            
 22 Lough, Kara               SR Holt                  21:52.70   21            
 23 Dirnberger, Zhao Ni       SO Jackson               21:53.00   22            
 24 Evans, katelyn            JR Seckman               21:56.40   23            
 25 Brown, Amy                FR St. Charles West      21:58.10   24            
 26 Watson, Britney           JR Ft. Zumwalt East      22:02.90   25            
 27 Murphey, Annie            JR Rock Bridge           22:16.90   26            
Boys
Top 6 Team Scores                                  
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Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
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High School Results 5000 Run                                                    
   1 Rock Bridge                  17    1    2    3    5    6    8   11         
      Total Time:  1:23:35.19                                                   
         Average:    16:43.04                                                   
   2 Webster Groves              116    7   15   30   31   33   35   49         
      Total Time:  1:30:29.16                                                   
         Average:    18:05.84                                                   
   3 Holt                        117   12   19   23   24   39   40   60         
      Total Time:  1:30:44.95                                                   
         Average:    18:08.99                                                   
   4 Ft. Zumwalt East            124   10   17   22   34   41   59   63          
      Total Time:  1:30:55.07                                                   
         Average:    18:11.02                                                   
   5 McCluer North               170    4   13   27   50   76  104  108         
      Total Time:  1:32:06.50                                                   
         Average:    18:25.30                                                   
   6 Jackson                     194   16   21   48   52   57   74   79         
      Total Time:  1:33:32.89                                                   
         Average:    18:42.58                                                   
Top 32 High School Results 5000 Run                                                    
  1 Wilfong, Caleb            JR Rock Bridge           16:21.78    1            
  2 Cook, Jordan              JR Rock Bridge           16:31.12    2            
  3 Keown, Nathan             SO Rock Bridge           16:36.71    3            
  4 Stewart, Nicolas          JR McCluer North         16:53.19    4            
  5 Schulte, Evan             FR Rock Bridge           16:56.91    5            
  6 Dale, Nick                JR Rock Bridge           17:08.67    6            
  7 Williams, Dillon          JR Webster Groves        17:10.83    7            
  8 Cook, Zach                FR Rock Bridge           17:17.28    8            
  9 Connelly, Travis          SR Lutheran South        17:18.35    9            
 10 Ryan, Nolan               JR Ft. Zumwalt East      17:25.07   10            
 11 Sees, Collin              JR Rock Bridge           17:29.76   11            
 12 Franck, Peter             SR Holt                  17:34.74   12            
 13 Walker, Andre             SR McCluer North         17:36.59   13            
 14 Keence, Sheldon           SO St. Charles West      17:38.55   14            
 15 Berg, Sam                 JR Webster Groves        17:39.86   15            
 16 Talbut, Riley             SR Jackson               17:42.95   16             
 17 Bindner, Joe              SO Ft. Zumwalt East      17:46.52   17            
 18 Plair, Darryon            SO Soldan                17:48.08   18            
 19 Whiting, Alec             JR Holt                  17:53.96   19            
 20 Morgeson, Evan            SR Seckman               18:05.03   20            
 21 Gibson, Matt              SO Jackson               18:05.63   21            
 22 Conlin, Sean              FR Ft. Zumwalt East      18:10.93   22            
 23 Schoene, Cody             SR Holt                  18:11.78   23            
 24 Freeberg, Jerome          JR Holt                  18:13.57   24            
 25 Quinn, Ian                SR Lutheran South        18:14.90   25            
 26 Harrington, Lucas         FR Rock Bridge           18:15.31                 
 27 Barnes, Karlin            JR University City       18:18.37   26            
 28 Mueller, Drew             SR McCluer North         18:18.38   27            
 29 Taylor, Kurly             SR Soldan                18:21.83   28            
 30 DeSplinter, Adam          SR St. Charles West      18:25.34   29            
 31 McMillin, Miles           SO Webster Groves        18:27.40   30            
 32 Floyd, Drew               FR Rock Bridge           18:29.83                 
 Rock Bridge
1-2-3
5 of top 6
6 of top 8
7 of top 11
11 of top 39
12 medalists in top 46
Rock Bridge Boys State Results last three seasons:
2008-9th 220pts
2009-3rd 125
2010-2nd 89

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