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Cross country takes on NCCAA Nationals

11/10/12

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Grace’s men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in 20th place in their respective races in the NCCAA National Championships.

The event was held at Cedarville University on Saturday with the largest field in history.

Grace’s women competed in a field of 35 complete teams and were paced by Jenna McClellan in 20:20 and Tara Hamstra in 20:22.

The men raced against 39 full teams and were led by Jonathan Rex with a 65th-place showing of 27:26 and a time of 27:29 from Ben Drew.

“We didn’t run our best today, but I still feel we ended the season on a good note. This was the largest field ever at this meet and probably the most talented,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “I’m looking forward to next year as our young teams continue to improve.”

For the Lady Lancers, Creigh Ogle (20:48), Alexis Nelson (21:08) and Marina Ramirez (22:08) rounded out Grace’s top five finishers. Megan Fast and Rachel Fehring also competed for Grace.

On the men’s side, Collin Chupp (28:31), Tim Trapp (28:35) and Donovan Graham (30:45) completed Grace five fastest runners as Richie Cornett and Jamin Parker raced as well.

"I want to commend Jonathan Rex for running very well and leading our men's team. He just missed his PR and this was a much tougher course,” Raymond continued. “For the women, Creigh Ogle ran her best time of the season to finish third on our team."

To view complete race results, click here.

GRACE RESULTS

WOMEN
84. Jenna McClellan...20:21
86. Tara Hamstra...20:20
102. Creigh Ogle...20:48
119. Alexis Nelson...21:08
171. Marina Ramirez...22:08
179. Megan Fast...22:17
203. Rachel Fehring...23:02

 

MEN
65. Jonathan Rex...27:26
70. Ben Drew...27:29
117. Collin Chupp...28:31
120. Tim Trapp...28:35
193. Donovan Graham...30:45
205. Richie Cornett...31:04
234. Jamin Parker...32:41


Lancers peak at Crossroads Championships

11/3/12

MARION, Ind. – Over two-thirds of Grace’s runners posted season-best times on Saturday at the Crossroads League Championships.

Overall, 15 of Grace’s 22 runners ran their fastest races of the year as the men’s team finished in sixth place, and the women’s side placed seventh.

“I’m extremely proud of both teams,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “The women and men each beat teams today who had finished in front of us earlier this year. We really peaked for this meet.”

Ben Drew paced the men’s team on Saturday with a 19th-place time of 26:33. His finish, which was a personal record by 35 seconds, was just four places away from earning All-League status (top 15 finishers).

Jonathan Rex (27:03) and Tim Trapp (27:37) both earned personal-best times as Grace’s No. 2 and No. 3 runners respectively. Collin Chupp (27:42) was fourth for Grace, and Richie Cornett was fifth in 29:25.

Jamin Parker and Donovan Graham each posted season-best times as well.

“Ben Drew ran a fantastic race today and just missed earning All-League honors,” Raymond said. “Jonathan Rex has cut about 45 seconds off his PR in the past two weeks and is coming on strong, and Tim Trapp ran the fastest race of his career and will keep getting better I think.”

In the women’s race, Jenna McClellan led Grace’s team with a time of 19:49. She bested her previous-best time by 12 seconds and placed 29th in the process.

Freshmen Tara Hamstra (20:09) and Creigh Ogle (20:50) finished second and third for the Lady Lancers in season-best times, and Alexis Nelson was Grace’s No. 4 runner in a time of 20:51.

Marina Ramirez and Rachel Fehring also posted season-best times at the meet. Ramirez was Grace’s No. 5 runner, and Fehring cut more than a minute off her previous best as Grace’s No. 6 runner.

Megan Gast, Allison Zylstra, Georgianne Sandlin, Alicia Hertzler and Madison Long had PR’s for the Lady Lancers, and Marena Lodzinski had a season-best time as well.

“I was glad to see Jenna McClellan break the 20-minute barrier after nearly doing it several times,” Raymond said. “I also have to give recognition to Marina Ramirez and Rachel Fehring. Marina ran her best race of the season, and Rachel was a pleasant surprise today.”

To view results from the men's race, click here. To view the women's race, click here.

The Lancers will send their top seven runners from each squad to the NCCAA National Championships at Cedarville University on Nov. 10.

GRACE RESULTS

WOMEN
29. Jenna McClellan...19:49
44. Tara Hamstra...20:09
64. Creigh Ogle...20:50
65. Alexis Nelson...20:51
82. Marina Ramirez...21:22
83. Rachel Fehring...21:25
93. Megan Gast...21:49
96. Allison Zylstra...21:55
103. Georgianne Sandlin…22:17
115. Janessa Katzer...23:07
117. Alicia Hertzler...23:46
123. Madison Long...23:46
128. Marena Lodzinski...24:45

 

MEN
19. Ben Drew...26:33
34. Jonathan Rex...27:03
50. Tim Trapp...27:37
54. Collin Chupp...27:42
86. Richie Cornett...29:25
87. Jamin Parker...29:25
91. Donovan Graham...29:59
98. Dustin Fletcher...30:56
115. Matt Brunner...33:49


Grace finishes in best times of season at Great Lakes Challenge

10/20/12

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Both the men’s and women’s cross country squads for Grace finished in their fastest times of the season on Saturday at the Great Lakes Challenge.

The Lady Lancers’ top four runners were just 35 seconds apart, and the men’s squad finished ahead of three Crossroads League opponents in the race.

Jenna McClellan paced the Lady Lancers in a time of 20:18.30 in the 5k race, and Tara Hamstra finished one second behind her.

Alexis Nelson was third on the team in a season-best time of 20:50.51, and Creigh Ogle was not far behind in 20:53.38.

“The women’s squad boasted a split of just 35 seconds between our No. 1 and No. 4 finishers,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “If we can get our fifth runner closer to that pack, we can have a very strong conference race in two weeks.”

On the men’s side, Ben Drew led the Lancers with an 89th-place finish out of 352 runners. Rex was second for Grace in a personal-best time of 27:25.06.

Collin Chupp finished third for Grace in 27:50.93, Tim Trapp was fourth in 28:04.74, and Richie Cornett rounded out Grace’s scoring with a season-best 29:19.44.

“Our top four guys continue to run well, including a big PR today by Jonathan Rex to be our No. 2 runner,” Raymond continued. “We still have some areas where we can improve, but I was pleased with our effort today.”

To view the women’s results, click here. To view the men’s results, click here.

Grace has a week off before running in the Crossroads League Championships on Nov. 3 in Marion, Ind.

GRACE RESULTS

WOMEN

 117. Jenna McClellan...20:18.30
118. Tara Hamstra...20:19.99         
131. Alexis Nelson...20:50.51          
134. Creigh Ogle...20:53.38            
164. Megan Gast...21:50.15            
174. Marina Ramirez...22:06.82           
181. Allison Zylstra...22:25.38           
Rachel Fehring...22:49.61           
Janessa Katzer...22:57.19           
Georgianne Sandlin...23:26.04           
Alicia Hertzler...23:28.33           
Madison Long...24:08.05           
Marena Lodzinski...24:49.78 

 

MEN

89. Ben Drew...27:09.53

103. Jonathan Rex...27:25.06

122. Collin Chupp...27:50.93

128. Tim Trapp...28:04.74

164. Richie Cornett...29:19.44

190. Jamin Parker...30:09.65

197. Corban Wyatt...30:22.87

Donovan Graham...30:44.34


Lancers produce season-best times at IWU Invitational

10/6/12

MARION, Ind. – Grace’s men’s and women’s cross country team both claimed third-place finishes at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday.

Several runners for Grace posted season-best times in a strong showing for the Lancers.

The men's team had a good pack in the top four runners as just 45 seconds separated the quartet. Ben Drew topped the Lancers with a ninth-place finish in 27:24.

Drew was followed by freshman Collin Chupp in 14th place (27:36), Tim Trapp in 20th (27:56) and Jonathan Rex in 23rd (28:09). Corban Wyatt rounded out the top five in 41st place (30:05).

"We certainly showed some improvement this week, but we still have some work to do in the next month,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Collin [Chupp], Tim [Trapp] and Jonathan [Rex] all had season-best performances, so that's a big positive. We just need the next group of runners to move up a bit and close the gap between fourth and fifth."

The Lady Lancers ran in a difficult field with two nationally ranked teams in front of them in No. 23 Taylor and No. 26 Indiana Wesleyan. Grace had a solid pack for the top five runners.

Jenna McClellan led the way by placing 16th in 20:21. She was followed by Tara Hamstra in 25th (20:44), Creigh Ogle in 28th (20:59), Alexis Nelson in 39th (21:42) and Marina Ramirez in 41st (21:45).

"I was pleased that our top five all finished with a gap of just 1:24,” Raymond continued. “Three of the top five had season-best times, as did several of our other ladies, so I'm happy for them. They've been working hard.”

To view results from the men's race, click here. For results from the women's race, click here.

The Lancer have next weekend off and will compete in the NAIA Midwest Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich., on October 20.

GRACE RESULTS

WOMEN

16. Jenna McClellan...20:21
25. Tara Hamstra...20:44
28. Creigh Ogle...20:59
39. Alexis Nelson...21:42
41. Marina Ramirez...21:45
48. Megan Gast...22:11
53. Allison Zylstra...22:31
56. Georgianne Sandlin...22:54
58. Rachel Fehring...23:22
65. Alicia Hertzler...24:00
70. Madison Long...24:30
71. Marena Lodzinski...24:52

 

MEN

9. Ben Drew...27:24
14. Collin Chupp...27:36
20. Tim Trapp...27:56
23. Jonathan Rex...28:09
41. Corban Wyatt...30:05
42. Richie Cornett...30:06
47. Jamin Parker...30:47
49. Dustin Fletcher...30:55
51. Donovan Graham...31:27
58. Matt Brunner...34:13


Grace competes at massive Loyola Lakefront Classic

9/29/12

CHICAGO, Ill. – Grace’s cross country team continued its 2012 campaign at one of the largest events of the season with the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday.

The race, which was held in a park next to Lake Michigan just north of downtown Chicago, featured at least 450 runners in both the men’s and women’s races.

The women’s team placed 36th out of 51 teams that included a number of NCAA Division I schools. Sophomore Jenna McClellan was Grace’s top finisher in a time of 20:39 for 268th place out of 514 participants.

She was followed by Tara Hamstra in 284th (20:51), Creigh Ogle in 320th (21:19), Alexis Nelson in 369th (21:57) and Megan Gast in 372nd (22:04).

"The women ran a reasonable race. We didn't have any breakout performances but also didn't have any extremely poor performances,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “I thought Alexis Nelson and Megan Gast each ran well and continue to get better. It was a very large field of runners, so it is difficult to know exactly what kind of pace you are running. I thought our young squad handled it fairly well."

On the men’s side, Ben Drew was once again the top performer. He finished 190th out of 456 runners in a time of 27:37.

Collin Chupp came in 237th in 28:10, while Jonathan Rex was 265th in 28:40. Tim Trapp was the next runner for Grace in 284th (29:01), and Richie Cornett rounded out the top five in 370th (30:54).

"Other than our top two or three, the guys honestly didn't race very well. We've been working pretty hard in practice for the past two weeks, and I think it just caught up with them,” Raymond explained. “I know we will be better as the season progress. They're doing the work and just need to transfer that fitness into racing."

The Lancers will run next Saturday at the IWU Wildcat Invitational in Marion, Ind.

GRACE RESULTS

WOMEN

268. Jenna McClellan...20:39
284. Tara Hamstra...20:51
320. Creigh Ogle...21:19
369. Alexis Nelson...21:57
372. Megan Gast...22:04
384. Marina Ramirez...22:18
391. Allison Zylstra...22:32
423. Georgianne Sandlin...23:12
436. Janessa Katzer...23:49
446. Rachel Fehring...24:11
461. Madison Long...24:48
462. Alicia Hertzler...24:50
465. Marena Lodzinski...24:52

 

MEN

190. Ben Drew...27:37
237. Collin Chupp...28:10
265. Jonathan Rex...28:40
284. Tim Trapp...29:01
370. Richie Cornett...30:54
377. Corban Wyatt...31:04
389. Jamin Parker...31:23
409. Donovan Graham...32:24
437. Matt Brunner...35:17
442. Dustin Fletcher...35:37


Lancers represent well at Indiana Intercollegiates

9/15/12

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Grace’s cross country team faced a large field of competition and a difficult course at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday.

Freshman Tara Hamstra highlighted the day with a 36th-place showing out of 150 runners in a time of 20:19.

Ben Drew (51st place) and Jenna McClellan (61st place) just missed out on top-50 finishes for the Lancers. Drew led the men’s team in a time of 27:46, and McClellan ran a 20:51.

The Lady Lancers placed 13th overall out of 18 teams, and the men finished 14th out of 19 competitors.

Creigh Ogle ran a 21:28, and Alexis Nelson and Marina Ramirez ran identical times of 22:04 for 93rd and 94th place.

On the men’s side, Tim Trapp was strong in a time of 28:21, and Collin Chupp was not far behind at 28:40. Jonathan Rex finished in 29:16 for 99th place, and Corban Wyatt rounded out Grace’s top five finishers in a time of 30:09.

For complete race results, click here.

“This was a tough course, and I think that reflected in our times today which were a little slower than last week overall,” said head coach Jeff Raymond. “Ben Drew ran a decent race to lead the guys. Tim Trapp ran well, and I thought Dustin Fletcher had a good effort today. For the women, Tara Hamstra looked pretty good and was our top finisher. Creigh Ogle, Marina Ramirez and Alexis Nelson also had solid races. We've been going fairly hard for the last month. We don't have a meet next weekend, so now we have a chance to regroup and get ready for the rest of the season.”

The Lancers’ next meet is the Loyola Lakefront Classic on Sept. 29 in Chicago, Ill.

GRACE RESULTS

Women

36. Tara Hamstra...20:19
61. Jenna McClellan...20:51
78. Creigh Ogle...21:28
93. Alexis Nelson...22:04
94. Marina Ramirez...22:04
118. Megan Gast...22:56
128. Allison Zylstra...23:32
132. Georgi Sandlin...24:06
134. Janessa Katzer...24:21

 

Men

51. Ben Drew...27:46
75. Tim Trapp...28:21
85. Collin Chupp...28:40
99. Jonathan Rex...29:16
116. Corban Wyatt...30:09
121. Dustin Fletcher...30:48
123. Jamin Parker...31:19
126. Richie Cornett...31:39
129. Donovan Graham...31:48


Drew, McClellan pace Grace at Lancer Invite

9/8/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace hosted its only home meet of the season on Saturday with the Lancer Invitational from Miller Field.

Both the men’s and women’s team earned top-10 finishers, including Ben Drew for the men and Jenna McClellan for the women.

The Lady Lancers finished second out of seven teams as they topped three opponents from the Crossroads League (Goshen, Mt. Vernon Nazarene, St. Francis).

McClellan’s time of 20:31 was good enough for ninth place, and freshmen Tara Hamstra (11th place, 20:35) and Creigh Ogle (13th place, 20:51) were not far behind.

Grace earned three other spots in the top 25 as Marina Ramirez, Alexis Nelson and Megan Gast finished with seconds of each other.

“With freshmen making up five of our top seven runners, I thought we had a very solid race,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “We finished in front of three other conference teams, so that’s nice to see.”

On the men’s side, Grace finished third out of seven teams. They finished behind race winners Goshen and second-place Huntington, but they beat CL foes St. Francis and Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Drew placed sixth in the race with a time of 27:05, and Collin Chupp ran 27:45 to grab 14th place.

Tim Trapp was third for Grace in a time of 28:40, Jonathan Rex was one second behind him in 23rd place, and Corban Wyatt rounded out Grace’s top five with a time of 29:57.

“Ben [Drew] ran a very good race, hitting a new personal-best time, while Collin [Chupp] was very solid in his first collegiate 8k race,” Raymond said. “We still need to close up some of the gaps we have, but overall I was pleased. It was great to have a home meet, and we were pleased with how things turned. The weather was great, and it was nice to see so many fans supporting our athletes.”

The Lancers' next meet is the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 14.

GRACE RESULTS

Women

9. Jenna McClellan…20:31
11. Tara Hamstra…20:35
13. Creigh Ogle…20:51
22. Marina Ramirez…21:59
23. Alexis Nelson…21:59
24. Megan Gast…22:00
30. Allison Zylstra…22:25
36. Georgianne Sandlin…22:53
42. Janessa Katzer…23:31
49. Rachel Fehring …24:23
52. Madison Long…24:37
56. Marena Lodzinski…25:13

 

Men
6. Ben Drew...27:05
14. Collin Chupp...27:45
22. Tim Trapp...28:40
23. Jonathan Rex...28:41
33. Corban Wyatt...29:57
35. Richie Cornett...30:10
36. Jamin Parker...30:21
40. Donovan Graham...31:00
49. Dustin Fletcher...32:39
58. Matt Brunner...34:56


Lancers kick off season at Goshen Hokum Korem

9/1/12

GOSHEN, Ind. – The Grace College cross country team competed in the Goshen College Hokum Karem on Saturday to start their 2012 season.

The dual meet between Goshen and Grace was a unique format that featured pairs of athletes alternating laps until each runner had completed his five laps.

The Lady Lancers bested the Maple Leafs by claiming three of the top five pairs. The duo of freshman Tara Hamstra and sophomore Jenna McClellan finished first overall in a total time of 38:08. Hamstra recorded the fasted individual split of the day with a time of 18:48.

Finishing third in the meet was sophomore Marina Ramirez and freshman Creigh Ogle in a time of 40:01 and close behind in fifth place was the freshman duo of Megan Gast and Allison Zylstra in 40:38.

“I was really happy with how the women ran today,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “With so many freshmen on the roster, you never know how things will go the first meet, but they handled it very well. Even though there were only two teams overall, it’s still nice to win.”

The men’s team was led by junior Ben Drew and freshman Collin Chupp, who finished fourth overall in a time of 53:11. Drew’s split of 25:56 was one of the fastest individual times among all runners.

Jonathan Rex and Corban Wyatt ended in fifth place with a time of 55:12, and the third finishers for Grace was the sophomore team of Tim Trapp and Donovan Graham (58:00).

“Goshen nearly won the conference last year and has everyone back, so we knew they would be good,” Raymond continued. “I hope our guys saw today how much work we need to do in order to improve. Ben Drew had a good day individually and should be our top runner as the year moves forward.”

The Lancers will host their only meet of the year next Saturday with the Lancer Invitational at 10:00 a.m. at Miller Field.

GRACE RESULTS

Women

1. Tara Hamstra/Jenna McClellan...38:08
3. Marina Ramirez/Creigh Ogle...40:01
5. Megan Gast/Allison Zylstra...40:38
8. Georgianne Sandlin/Alexis Nelson...42:29
12. Madison Long/Rachel Fehring...44:29
13. Marena Lodzinkski/Janessa Katzer...45:11

 

Men
4. Collin Chupp/Ben Drew...53:11
5. Corban Wyatt/Jonathan Rex...55:12
7. Donovan Graham/Tim Trapp...58:00
8. Dustin Fletcher/Jamin Parker...60:44


Grace Cross Country boosts returning roster with new talent

8/31/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace College cross country team brings in a talented roster for the 2012 season.

Under the direction of third-year head coach Jeff Raymond, the Lancers hope to fully realize their potential for both the men’s and women’s squads.

“Our biggest goal for the year is to continue showing improvement, not just in our times or places, but in how hard we work and prepare,” Raymond said. “In a way this is a transition year. I like what I see so far, but we’ll find out more after a few races.”

The men’s team will lean on their strong upperclassmen presence to fill the void left by All-Conference graduates Randy Sterk and Daniel Ng. The Lancers finished sixth in the competitive Crossroads League and eighth in the NCCAA National Championships last year.

Juniors Ben Drew and Jonathan Rex ran in Grace’s top five last year, and both runners will be counted on to be frontrunners in 2012.

“Drew, Rex, Dustin Fletcher and Matt Brunner are all upperclassmen, so we need them to lead by example and by performance,” Raymond said. “Ben [Drew] and Jonathan [Rex] were top five runners last year and need to make the jump to being runners who can lead us on race day.”

During their freshman seasons, Tim Trapp, Jamin Parker and Richie Cornett placed in Grace’s top five at times. The trio, in addition to Donovan Graham, will hope for improved times and consistency in 2012.

Joining them are a pair of freshmen in Collin Chupp (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) and Corban Wyatt (Nappanee, Ind./NorthWood). Both newcomers have potential to be impact runners right away, according to Raymond.

On the women’s side, Raymond faces the unique challenge of having a freshman-dominated roster. Eleven of the 14 Lady Lancers are new faces to the roster, but Raymond expects the women to be more competitive than last year.

Jenna McClellan, Marina Ramirez and Marena Lodzinski are the three returners and will be looked upon to provide leadership to a young squad.

McClellan was Grace’s No. 1 runner throughout the 2011 season, placing in the top 10 in a pair of races.

“The women’s main strength is our greater numbers this year. I can already see the impact of having bigger training groups and having right next to you in each practice. That alone makes everyone better,” Raymond said. “The key is finding which newcomer will handle college competition the best and not be afraid to challenge themselves on race day.”

According to Raymond, the incoming freshmen are led by Tara Hamstra (Kouts, Ind./Kouts), who has potential to be the team’s top runner. Creigh Ogle, Allison Zylstra, Megan Gast and Alexis Nelson are just a few of the other first-year Lady Lancers who hope to contribute immediately.

The Lancers begin their season on Sept. 1 at the Goshen Hokum Karem in Goshen, Ind.