Tim Fox has signed his letter of intent to continue his running career at Grace College.
Fox is a native of Carmel, Ind., who ran for the Northpoint homeschool group. His best time in the mile is 4 minutes, 44 seconds, and his fastest time for two miles is 10:32.
"I really felt God's leading toward Grace. Grace meets all of my desires regarding academics, cost and athletics," Fox said. "God made me to run, be He also made me to work hard. I wish to see how far I can go physically while also becoming stronger in mind."
Fox steadily decreased his time in the 5k run as well, posting a personal-best mark of 17:38.
"I look for Tim to be a pleasant surprise for our team," said Grace cross country and track coach Jeff Raymond. "He's had a year away from school but has actually been running very consistently and should be in great shape when he arrives on campus. He's a great fit for Grace and our program."
During his time at Grace, Fox hopes to major in biology and Biblical studies. He is the son of Jeffrey and Tricia Fox.
The Grace College cross country and track programs are pleased to announce the signing of Brendon Lengacher from Blackhawk Christian.
Lengacher was the team’s Most Valuable Player in both cross country and track, holding numerous school records.
On Blackhawk Christian’s cross country squad, Lengacher helped pace the Braves to an eighth-place finish in the Small School Poll by IndianaRunner.com. He holds the school record currently in cross country with a personal-record time of 17:17 for the 5k.
“Grace is something I’ve really been praying about and looking forward to. It is very biblically solid, and I want to continue my Bible education,” Lengacher said in a video interview with Fort Wayne’s WANE.
“[Grace has] kind of a growing team and seems to be continuing to grow. Our track program just started three years ago, so I kind of get that experience. I’m just excited to see what I can contribute.”
Lengacher also is the school-record holder for three events in track: the 400-meter race, the 800 and the 1600. His personal-best finish in the 1600 is 4:42.
"We're pleased to add an individual like Brendon to our program,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He comes with high praise from everyone I talked to. He's shown the ability to be successful in a relatively new program at Blackhawk Christian, so we anticipate his continued improvement here at Grace."
While at Grace, Lengacher plans to study occupational therapy. He is the son of Steven and Penny Lengacher.
Hunter Reed, an accomplished runner from Eau Claire High School (Mich.), has signed with Grace College’s cross country and track teams for the 2013-14 season.
The 6-foot-2 Reed has qualified for Michigan’s individual state meets in both cross country and track during his career, including three times in cross country and twice for track.
“My family has gone to Grace, and the school was a great fit for my degree and dreams,” Reed said. “I’m looking forward to getting a quality education while running to the best of my ability to benefit the team.”
Reed helped Eau Claire to a conference championship in three sports: basketball, cross country and track. He was also first place Academic All-State in cross country.
"Hunter will add some great depth to our cross country and distance crew. He comes from a strong small-school program, so he knows what it takes to be successful,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He is very familiar with Grace and should be a very good fit for our program."
Reed is an outstanding student as the school’s co-valedictorian. He also served as the Vice President of the National Honor Society.
During his time at Grace, Reed hopes to major in math education. He is the son of Kevin and Kathy Reed.
Brandon Smith of Pendleton Heights High School has decided to continue his running career at Grace College.
Smith is a versatile member of the Arabians’ cross country and track teams. He was an All-Regional performer in cross country, posting a personal-best time of 16:26 in the 5k.
“Grace has a great engineering program which was a big draw. On my visit to campus, I was blown away by how nice the guys on the team are,” Smith said. “I would like to perform well as a Lancer and make it to nationals.”
On the track team in high school, Smith has impressed in both the mid-distance and relay events. His personal bests include 4:34 in 1600 meters and 9:52 in the 3200.
He helped lead the Arabians to back-to-back county championships for only the second time in school history.
"Brandon will be a very versatile runner for us. I think he will contend for a top-five spot on our cross country team right away, and he has the ability to be a factor in several individual track events,” said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. “I also see him being a vital part of some of our distance relays."
Smith, who resides in Pendleton, Ind., hopes to study bio-medical engineering during his time at Grace.
“Brandon has been an outstanding young man to coach,” said Pendleton Heights coach Brandon Smith. “He has been a four-year letter winner, part of an All-State relay team and captain along with many other accomplishments. He will be a huge loss to the Arabians.”
Smith is the son of Brant Smith.
Jonathan (J.J.) Weimer has signed his letter of intent to continue his running career at Grace College.
Weimer is an accomplished cross country and track performer who graduates from West Noble High School in the summer of 2013.
“Grace is extremely sound when it comes to the Bible, which was a draw for me,” Weimer said. “I really enjoyed my visit to the campus and am excited to run for the Lancers soon.”
Weimer’s personal-best time in the 5k race for cross country is 16:26. He was an All-Conference and All-Area runner who advanced to the Indiana semistate race twice and the state meet once during his career.
He’s also qualified to the regional level in track, where he runs distance events. His personal best in the 3200-meter race is 10:07.
"J.J. comes from a great program at West Noble, so we are excited that he will be coming to Grace,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He's a young man of high character and the determination to excel. Those are wonderful qualities to have on our team."
Weimer, who is the son of Wes and Melissa Weimer, lives in Cromwell, Ind.
Grace’s track and field and cross country teams have added an All-Conference performer in Concord High School’s Collin Chupp.
Chupp, a native of Elkhart, Ind., was the team’s MVP and a member of the All-Northern Lakes Conference for cross country in 2011.
“Grace is getting an outstanding, committed young man,” said Concord cross country head coach Jeff Payne. “Collin comes from a great family and will be an awesome leader. I believe he can really blossom as a collegiate athlete at Grace.”
Chupp’s personal-best times are 4:37.82 in the mile and 16:39 in the 5k. He is also a strong mid-distance track athlete who runs the 800-meter race as well as the 1600 and 3200.
“We are extremely excited that Collin will be attending Grace and joining our program,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He is exactly the type of person and athlete that we are looking for, and I believe he will make an impact on our team in the coming years.”
While at Grace, Chupp intends on majoring in biology and exercise science. Chupp, who is the son of Mark and Mariah Chupp, was an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society at Concord.
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