WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College’s Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Art Woodruff as the interim head coach for Grace’s men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams.
Woodruff was a four-year runner for the Lancers from 2000-03, graduating from Grace in 2003 with a BA in Accounting and Business Administration. He returned to Grace two years after his graduation and served as an assistant coach from August 2005 to May 2007.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to impact the lives of student-athletes at Grace,” Woodruff said. “Coming back to my alma mater is an exciting time, and I am thankful for this opportunity.”
As a Lancer, Woodruff competed in both cross country and track and field. In track, he ran the 1500m, 800m, 4x8 relay and 4x4 relay. He helped lead Grace to a Mid-Central College Conference championship in 2003, and he competed in the NCCAA and NAIA national tournaments during his time at Grace.
He was an NAIA Academic All-American and an NCCAA All-American in 2002 and 2003. He also received the Wheeler Award for his cross-country success.
“We are pleased to hire Coach Woodruff as the interim coach,” said Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “He has an exemplary résumé of success here at Grace as both a player and a coach. We are excited to have him back on the athletic coaching staff.”
He currently works at Paragon Medical, Inc., in Pierceton, Ind. He is originally from Lima, Ohio.
WINONA LAKE, Ind. -- Five Grace cross-country runners were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Friday.
On the women’s team, Mary MacLeod, Amy Misak, Ashley Thomas and MariJean Wegert received the prestigious academic honor. Samuel Roth represented the men’s cross country team.
Scholar-athletes must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and be at least a junior.
FORT WANYE, Ind. -- Due to injuries the Grace College men’s cross country team did not field a complete team. Daniel Ng ran the best race for the Lancers with a time of 29:05. Ng's time placed him 40th in the field.
The Lancers will compete in the NCCAA Nations on November 14 in Cedarville, Ohio.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Due to injuries the Grace College men’s cross country team did not field a complete team. Daniel Ng ran the best race with a time of 28:09.
The Lancers' next race is the MCC conference meet on Nov. 7 in Fort Wayne at The Plex, hosted by St. Francis.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Six of the seven Grace runners set personal records Saturday at the Bethel Invite. The Lancers finished last out of six teams.
Daniel Ng led the team with a 19th-place finish at 27:51. Freshmen Chris Cleland and Dustin Fletcher ran in the team's top five with their best races of the year.
MARION, Ind. -- The men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday.
The women finished 4th out of four teams. MariJean Wegert led the way with a 4th place finish in the time of 19:31, her best time of the year. Mary MacLeod, Megan Dufrenne and Bethany Knepper also ran their best times of the year.
The men did not field a complete team due to injuries; however, Dan Ng and Samuel Roth both ran their best times of the year.
Both teams compete next Saturday at the Bethel Invitational. The meet will take place at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend. The women compete at 10:45 a.m. and the men at 11:30 a.m.
The Grace College men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet hosted by Indiana State.
In the Little State competition, the women placed 8th out of 14 teams and the men placed 13th out of 14. The women were led by the 21st place finish of MariJean Wegert and strong performances by Ashley Thomas(25th) and Amy Misak (33rd). The men were led by Randy Sterk who placed 45th, and Daniel Ng who placed 58th.
The team's next meet is the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational on Oct. 3.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Grace College's men's and women's cross country teams began their respective seasons Saturday at the IPFW Invitational. The Lady Lancers placed 4th out of five teams, while the men finished fifth, only two points behind conference rival St. Francis.
The site of Saturday's meet is also the site for the MCC conference tournament on Nov. 7.
Both teams will compete next Friday, Sept. 18, at the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet in Terre Haute. The women will race at 4:30 p.m., and the men will start at 5:15 p.m.