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TRACK & FIELD

 

RTCS Track & Field is the longest running RTCS sports program, beginning its 19th season in March 2018. Throughout our 19 seasons, RTCS student-athletes have experienced success at both the individual and team level.

 The Rams compete in invitationals with other Christian schools and in meets attended by both private and public schools. In a typical season, student-athletes will travel for meets at California University of Pennsylvania, Geneva College, Grove City College, and Messiah College, as well as Shadyside Academy and other area high schools, traveling as far as Bangor Memorial Park in Bangor, PA, for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Northeast Region Track & Field Championships for both middle and high school.

RTCS Track & Field was established in the spring of 2000 when Mr. Eric Gelston served as its first coach. Mrs. Kathie Marino took over as head coach in 2004. Former PIAA state competitor and collegiate hurdler Douglas Smith joined the coaching staff for the 2005 season in a part-time capacity. He assisted Coach Marino full-time during the 2006 season and took the head coaching reins for the 2007 season and continues through the present. Coach Smith received his Technical Coaching Certification from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association's (USTFCCA) Track & Field Academy in 2011.

Coach Smith initiated the annual RTCS Track & Field Invitational in 2007, now planning for its 12th year.

Team Results:    

East Richland Christian School Invitational (held at Union Local High School in Morristown, OH)

  • High School Girls (HSG): 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 Champions
  • Middle School Girls (MSG): 2013, 2014 Champions
  • Middle School Boys (MSB): 2013, 2014, 2017 Champions 

National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA, held at Geneva College until 2017 when it was held at Grove City College in Grove City, PA)

  • HSG: 2006, 2011, 2014 Champions
  • HSB: 2006 Champions
  • MSG: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Champions
  • MSB: 2014 Champions

Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI-West, now NCSAA, held at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA)

  • HSB: 2003 Champions

Mid-Atlantic Christian School Association (held at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA)

  • MS: 2001 Champions
  • MSB: 2014 Champions

RTCS Invitational (held at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA)

  • MSG: 2010, 2014 Champions
  • MSB: 2010, 2013 Champions
Alumni

Andrew Falcone ('06) ran both track and cross country for Division III Grove City College. In track, Andrew ran middle distance including the 3000M Steeplechase where he was a regular place-winner.

Laura Smith ('12), current RTCS high school girls record-holder in the long jump, jumped and then ran for Division III Grove City College, lettering in her final year.

Lisl Smith ('17) currently throws discus, javelin, and the hammer for Division II Roberts Wesleyan College.