2012 Recognitions and Honors

RINCON UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
Tucson, Arizona




First Team All-State Cross Country
MILESPLIT USA ELITE FIRST TEAM

Ryan Silva - Tucson Rincon University - Jr.
3rd Fastest Arizona 5K in 2012  ~  15:05.0
             
MT. CARMEL - 5th DOUG CONLEY - 3rd SECTIONALS - 1st STATE - 2nd

MILESPLIT USA ELITE SECOND TEAM

Kendra Knittel
Rincon University
Senior
38th
Fastest
Arizona 5K in 2012
19:07.0
Brandon Dorr
Rincon University
Junior
44th Fastest
Arizona 5K in 2012
16:09.0
Ahmed Mohamed
Rincon University
Junior
62nd Fastest
Arizona 5K in 2012
16:15.0
Paul Hein
Rincon University
Senior
70th Fastest
Arizona 5K in 2012
16:19.0
OLD PUEBLO - 1st
MT. CARMEL - 9th
LOS MEZQUITES - 2nd
TWILIGHT - 11th
DOUG CONLEY - 1st
SECTIONALS - 5th
STATE - 16th
Third Team
All-State
OLD PUEBLO - 4th
MT. CARMEL - 12th
LOS MEZQUITES - 13th
TWILIGHT - 68th
DOUG CONLEY - 37th
SECTIONALS - 11th
STATE - 37th
OLD PUEBLO - 1st
LOS MEZQUITES - 2nd
TWILIGHT - 33rd
DOUG CONLEY - 23rd
SECTIONALS - 19th
STATE - 18th
Third Team
All-State
OLD PUEBLO - 1st
MT. CARMEL - 27th
LOS MEZQUITES - 11th
TWILIGHT - 72nd
DOUG CONLEY - 40th
SECTIONALS - 21st
STATE - 52nd

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All-Southern Arizona Team


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All-Southern Arizona Team
2012 Cross Country Performers of the Year 

    
Rincon University High School
Girls - Kendra Knittel

     "Knittel (from RUHS) and (CDO's) Doucet appear to be in a war of who is the best among the coaches and fans who have made pitches for both. No other runner has been part of the question (or the answer) except for Pusch Ridge runner Sarah Macdonald.  Doucet's D-II runner-up time of 19:21.87 outpaced the time put in by Rincon/UHS senior Kendra Knittel at the D-I meet held the same day on the same course (19:29.59).  The only time the two met in an actual head-to-head race was at the Nike Southwest Desert Twilight race held in late September in Gilbert. Knittel came in a little over four seconds before Doucet that night.  Doucet should not be penalized because she is a sophomore and Knittel should not be rewarded because she is a senior.  Even though Knittel has run track for Rincon/UHS, this is her first year running cross country. The differences in graduation years becomes a nonfactor but imagine what Knittel could have done had she trained distance for four years? To make a long story short, what happens at state should make a difference and it did for the rest of the runners battling for first, second and third team. Only Doucet, Knittel and Macdonald came in under 20 minutes at state out of all the runners from Southern Arizona but each of the three competed in different divisions that day. ", stated Tucson Citizen writer Andy Morales.
     Kendra broke the 20 minute barrier six times with the first being at the Old Pueblo Invitational where she covered the desert course in 19:44 to set a new meet record as she captured her first invite gold medal.  Knittel placed 9th at the weather shortened, but highly competitive, Mt. Carmel meet in San Diego.  Next up was a silver medal performance on the toughest course in town during the Los Mezquites meet at Kennedy Park.  Going against the best in the Southwest Kendra lowered her 5K personal best to 19:43 as she crossed the finish line in eleventh position at the Desert Twilight.  At the Doug Conley she broke 20 minutes for the third time and lowered her best to 19:39 with a gold medal margin of victory of 48 seconds over the next closest rival.  Her season best 5,000 meter time was set at the Division I - Section II meet as she placed 5th in 19:07 averaging 6:09 per mile.  At the State Meet while placing 16th Kendra ran another sub-20 with a time of 19:29.  Two weeks later at the post-season Nike Southwest she completed her high school cross country career with a time of 19:57 giving her a total of six sub-20 races.  Excellent results for a first year competitor. 


   
Rincon University High School
Boys - Ryan Silva

     Tucson Citizen reporter Andy Morales wrote in his article on the 2012 Cross Country All-Stars, "Not to be overlooked in all of this is Rincon/UHS standout Ryan Silva who won the D-I/S-II sectional meet and finished second in the state. His consistency easily earns him a high spot as the top performer in D-I and D-II. While Trouard and Cajero share the Runners of Year honors, it was runners such as Silva and Rio Rico’s Robert Contreras who kept the competition going all year. "
     Silva recorded his best 5K time during 2012 at the Division I Section II meet averaging 4:52 per mile for a Gold Medal finish in 15:05.  Silva will graduate with the course record at Reid Park racing to the top 3 mile time of 15:24.
     An early season injury prevented Ryan from running all invitationals this year but as expected he reached the Top Five in all but one.  Starting at the highly competitive Mt. Carmel Invite in San Diego Silva captured the 5th place finish.  The fifth place finish was duplicated at the Los Mezquites Invitational as an official sent him off the course when he was almost 200 meters ahead of the second place runner and well on his way to setting a new course record in what would have been his third consecutive victory on the Kennedy Park course.  At the Desert Twilight against competition from the entire Southwest Ryan garnered thirteenth amongst the very best.  At the Doug Conley meet Ryan came back with a superb Bronze Medal performance to end his invitational career in the purple and white of Rincon University High.  In far and away the toughest sectional Ryan captured gold with a margin of victory of seven seconds over the runner-up.  At State Ryan duplicated his silver medal effort from his junior year losing only to the number one ranked high school runner in the entire USA.      


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2012 Division I All-Star Selections




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