History: The RCF Scholarship was established in 2013 by the cross country team parent group to recognize Jim Neff for his “. . . generosity and dedication to Rain City and our kids.” Since inception, the parents have collected funds which are designated for the Rain City Flyers Scholarship as an expression of thanks to Jim for his time, energy and effort for their children and for the hundreds of youth he has coached and guided to become responsible athlete/citizens of the world over his 25 years of coaching RCF.
Purpose of the scholarship: The RCF Scholarship recognizes a graduating high school senior with plans to further their education. The recipient will have participated with Rain City Flyers and demonstrated “... a commitment to working to achieve their personal best, both as an individual and as a member of the team.” Additionally, the recipient will be a recognized role model of an exemplary responsible athlete/citizen. In the absence of qualified high school senior applicants, the application process may be opened to current collegians.
We are proud to announce the awarding of two scholarships this year, both to long-term Rain City team contributors who are current university students.
Kendall Sahl, is a Dean’s List student, entering her last year as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. Using AP credits and hard work, Kendall will finish her bachelor’s degree in three years. She writes, “My unyielding mental fortitude in the face of all challenges, academic or not, is a direct result of growing up as a cross-country athlete.” That growth started with Rain City Flyers, where Kendall competed on cross country teams from 2003-2009. She was a scoring member of Rain City’s 2005 Junior Olympics National Champion 9-10 girls team, and the JO Nationals third place 11- 12 girls team in 2006.
Kendall credits her involvement with Rain City as providing the foundation for her success in cross- country at Roosevelt High School where she competed from 2009-12. As a team captain she worked to build a supportive and fun team atmosphere “similar to the one that Rain City had constructed for me.”
While no longer running at a competitive level, Kendall continues to use the mental determination of cross country running to pursue her passions. We are pleased to be able to support Kendall completing her education. She hopes to apply her Human Centered Design and Engineering degree to developing products and services helping global organizations that support real people.
Jackson “Jack’” Pearce, the inaugural RCF Scholarship recipient for 2013-14, completed his freshman year at Gonzaga University, fulfilling pre-requisites for a BS in nursing. While achieving his academics, Jack was also a member of GU’s men’s cross-country and track teams, where he was named Outstanding Freshman. In addition to contributing on the course and track, Jack participated in Gonzaga athletics community events such as food drives. He writes, “...it was as a member of Rain City that I learned my core philosophy ... to pursue what I love ... be serious about being my best and about enjoying every single moment of that process ...”
Jack joined Rain City Flyers as a bantam in 2005 and was a member of the cross country team for nine seasons. He was a USATF Junior Olympics All-American 4 times, including being national champion in 2005. Jack had an outstanding cross country and track career at Mountlake Terrace HS, where he was recognized as one of the Edmonds School District scholar athletes of 2014.
As a Rain City Flyer and beyond, Jack has been known for his mentorship and support for his teammates and all other competitors. We are pleased to support him and encourage his continuing efforts as a scholar-athlete
The first RCF Scholarship, for the 2013-2014 season, was awarded to Jackson “Jack’” Pearce!
Jack graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School and will attend Gonzaga University pursuing a degree in nursing. Jack joined Rain City Flyers as a bantam in 2005 and was a member of the cross country team for nine seasons. He was a USATF Junior Olympics All-American 4 times, including being national champion in 2005. Jack had an outstanding cross country and track career at Mountlake Terrace HS, where he was recognized as one of the Edmonds School District scholar athletes of 2014.
While Jack always gave his personal best, where he truly separated from the field was in his support for his teammates and all other competitors. Jack is always the first to offer encouragement and congratulations to everyone in the race. As a Rain City Flyer he has been a mentor to many younger team members, both by the example he sets and by the encouragement and advice he shares with them. Jack will continue his commitment to running in Spokane, wearing Gonzaga Bulldog blue. But he remains a Rain City Flyer forever.
Our 26th season opens this fall on Tuesday, Septebmer 2nd, at Woodland Park in Seattle.
Team practices are at Woodland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings, 9:00-10:30 a.m, when there is no Saturday meet. Practices are rain or shine and you should dress accordingly. Through October 30, practices start at Picnic Shelter No. 3, in Woodland Park, off North 50th just to the east of Aurora Ave. Practices last about 90 minutes. Beginning Tuesday, November 4, after daylight savings time ends, practices start at the lighted parking lot between the Greenlake track and the tennis courts, off Greenlake Way.