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2008

Michael Jennys Finishes Cross-Country Career

11/15/08

Cedarville, OH -- Michael Jennys finished his senior cross country season with a 36th place finish with a time of 27:59.

"Michael ran a very good race in exceptionally cold, windy and rainy conditions," said head coach Neal Butler.

This completes a four year run in which he was the #1 runner for his team in every race. He will now be preparing to qualify again for the NAIA Track Nationals in the marathon.

Also for the men, Samuel Roth was recognized as an NCCAA Scholar Athlete.


Men Finish 9th in MCC Championships

11/7/08

Spring Arbor, MI- The Grace College men's cross country team finished in a 9th place tie with St. Francis in Saturday's MCC Championships. Grace and USF both finished with 229 points.

The Lancers were led by senior Michael Jennys, who placed 29th overall in a time of 27:12. Freshman Chad Schmucker, from Northwood High School, finished with a personal record time of 27:54 placing him 38th overall. First year runner Daniel Ng placed 50th in a time of 28:17.

Rounding out the rest of the Lancers finishes included Sam Roth in 76th at 30:19, Philip McGuire in 84th at 31:04, Zach Schaefer in 90th at 31:52, and Charles Johnson in 92nd at 32:00.

"The guys ran well today and we saw big improvements throughout the season," said head coach Neal Butler.

Michael Jennys will compete in the Christian Nationals on Saturday November 15th at Cedarville University.


Men Finish 20th at Invite

10/25/08

Grand Rapids, MI- The Grace College men's cross country team competed at the Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday afternoon where they finished 20th out of 22 teams.

"The guys ran well today overall," said head coach Neal Butler. "We will need a good two weeks from them in practice as we get ready for the MCC."

Men Results
89-Michael Jennys 27:29
108-Chad Schmucker 27:59 PR
134-Randy Sterk 29:30
137-Samuel Roth 30:08
140-Josh McGuire 30:34
144-Phil McGuire 31:12
Zach Schaefer 31:18
Charles Johnson 32:27
Sean Smith 32:38


Men Finish 4th at Indiana Wesleyan Invite

10/4/08

Marion, IN- The Grace College men's cross country team competed at Indiana Wesleyan University this past Saturday at the IWU Invitational. The men continue to show great improvement as the top 3 runners for the Lancers all ran PR's. The team average was 28:49 which was over a minute faster per runner than last year's best. Senior Michael Jennys improved by 20 seconds over his best and freshmen Chad Schmucker improved over 90 seconds from his last race.

"Most everyone ran season bests," said head coach Neal Butler.

Both the men and women's team will compete next Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Lucian Rosa Parkside Invitational in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This will be the site of the NAIA National Cross-Country meet. It will be a large, tough meet with most of the top teams in the NAIA competing. The women compete at 11 :45 a.m. and the men at 12:45 p.m. These are Central Standard Times.

Men Results
11 Michael Jennys 26:57 PR
27 Chad Schmucker 28:27 PR
29 Randy Sterk 28:35 PR
38 Josh McGuire 30:03
39 Phil McGuire 30:03
42 Samuel Roth 30:52
45 Zach Schaefer 31:24 PR
46 Charles Johnson 31:41
47 Matt DeRenzo 33:18
48 Sean Smith 33:19

Team Results
1. Indiana Wesleyan 28
2. Taylor 34
3. St. Joseph 72
4. Grace 111
5. Cincinnati Christian 135


Men Finish 14th at Invite

9/19/08

Bloomington, IN- The Grace College men placed 14th out of 15 teams Friday afternoon at the Indiana Intercollegiate Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.

Michael Jennys continued to pace the Lancers with a 64th finish overall and a time of 28:27, which is more than thirty seconds faster that last weeks race. Freshmen Daniel Ng and Randy Sterk were not far behind with 76th and 80th place finishes respectively.

"The men's team ran a much better race today than we did last week," said head coach Neal Butler. "We are much further ahead of where we were last year at this time."

The men return to action at Indiana Wesleyan University in two weeks on October 4th.

RESULTS
64-Michael Jennys 28:27
76-Daniel Ng 28:59
80-Randy Sterk 29:16
100-Chad Schmucker 30:11
118-Samuel Roth 31:57
120-Zach Schaefer 32:22
125-Matt DeRenzo 33:26
129-Sean Smith 35:15
131-Josh McGuire 25:59


Lancers Open Season at Taylor

9/12/08

Upland, IN- The Grace College men started their season much improved over last year. For six of the eleven runners this was their first race over the five mile distance. Daniel Ng should a lot of promise finishing about 30 seconds behind Michael Jennys.

Though times are not official, the top five finished within less than 3 minutes of each other. Last season the number two runner was usually that far from Michael.

"For our first race, it was what I expected," said head coach Neal Butler. "Michael and Samuel Roth ran strong for our returners. A few of the freshmen ran really well, while others struggled. Once everyone adjusts to the longer distance and gets some experience, we should have a good year."

The men next compete at Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday, Sept. 19 at Indiana University in Bloomington. An open race is run at 3:30 p.m. and the varsity race for the top nine on the team is at 5:15 p.m.

RESULTS
9 Michael Jennys 29:05
16 Daniel Ng
25 Randy Sterk
34 Chad Schmucker
35 Samuel Roth
39 Sean Smith
40 Josh McGuire
42 Zach Schaefer
43 Phil McGuire
45 Matt DeRenzo
51 Charles Johnson

1. Marian 31
2. Taylor 42
3. Indianapolis 76
4. Grace 119
5. Saint Francis 177
6. Holy Cross 254