WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace's cross country team placed four runners on the list of 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Three runners on the men's team were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes in seniors Randy Sterk, Daniel Ng and Sean Smith as was senior Hannah Harmsen on the women's team.
In order to qualify as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and be at least a junior academically.
Sterk, Ng and Smith each earned their second All-American Scholar-Athlete award after qualifying as juniors.
GOSHEN, Ind. – As they have for much of the season, Randy Sterk and Daniel Ng led Grace’s cross country team on Saturday at the Mid-Central College Conference Meet.
Both Sterk and Ng finished in personal bests. Sterk ended with a 13th-place finish in 26:07, and Ng’s time of 26:11 was good enough for 14th place. As a result, the duo was named to the All-MCC Team.
The men finished in sixth place in the meet as a number of runners turned in PR times. Jonathan Rex (45th), Richie Cornett (66th) and Sean Smith (73rd) each had a personal record to help the Lancers to one of their best MCC finishes in recent memory.
"Our guys ran about as well as they could. I believe sixth place is the best finish for Grace in at least 7-8 years. We had several PR's and everyone competed at a high level,” said head coach Jeff Raymond. “I'm thrilled for Randy [Sterk] and Dan [Ng] that they earned All-MCC honors as they worked very hard over the past four years to be in this position. I also want to compliment senior Sean Smith on his big PR today. He's overcome several injuries in his career, so it's great to see him put together a solid race."
On the women’s side, the Lady Lancers only placed four runners and therefore did not earn a team placing in the meet.
Freshman Jenna McClellan, the squad’s top runner all season, was not able to finish the race due to an illness during her run.
Marina Ramirez earned the top time for the Lady Lancers at 21:31 (81st place).
“Three of our four women who finished had season best times, so I'm pleased with their efforts,” Raymond continued. “Jenna [McClellan] was in great position after the first mile, but unfortunately became ill. She's been our top runner all year, and I'm confident she will only get better in the future. It just wasn't her day."
For complete results from the race, click here.
The men’s squad will compete at the NCCAA Championships next weekend in Cedarville, Ohio.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In a stiff field of competition at the Great Lakes Challenge, Grace's cross country team fared well, led by seniors Randy Sterk and Daniel Ng.
The men's team finished fifth out of nine Mid-Central College Conference teams that ran in the meet and 17th overall out of 30 teams.
Sterk paced the Lancers with a time of 26:29, and Ng was a few steps behind at 26:33 with a 65th place finish.
Ng's time was a career-best by nearly 30 seconds. Jonathan Rex and Richie Cornett also had PRs in the race.
On the women's side, freshman Jenna McClellan continued to lead the Lady Lancers with a time of 20:10 for 102nd place. All of the women either exceeded or neared their personal records.
"I'm pleased with the way we competed today in a field that included numerous nationally ranked teams. It was a good preview of the upcoming conference championships, as nine of 10 conference teams were in the race," said head coach Jeff Raymond. "It's nice to see our young team improving and running its best at this point of the season."
The Lancers now turn their attention to the MCC Championships on Nov. 5. The race will be held on the campus of Goshen College.
102. Jenna McClellan...20:10
166. Marina Ramirez...21:46
187. Michaela Martin...22:41
193. Bethany Harshfield...22:57
207. Marena Lodzinski...25:02
60. Randy Sterk...26:29
65. Daniel Ng...26:33
112. Ben Drew...27:37
128. Jonathan Rex...28:06
133. Tim Trapp...28:15
147. Richie Cornett...28:56
180. Donovan Graham...30:42
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Randy Sterk highlighted the day for Grace's cross country team with a third-place finish at the DeWitt Baker Invitational on Saturday.
On a hard course on a fairly warm October day, Grace's times were higher than previous weeks, but Sterk, Daniel Ng and Jenna McClellan still managed to grab top-10 times in the meet.
Sterk finished in 27:09, and Ng was close behind in fifth place at 27:28.
For the women, Jenna McClellan claimed seventh place out of 27 runners in a time of 20:50. Marina Ramirez came in second on the team with a time of 22:53.
"Overall this was not a great day for us. With the conditions, our times were not what we had expected," said head coach Jeff Raymond. "We will need to be better as we aim for conference in a few weeks."
7. Jenna McClellan...20:50
18. Marina Ramirez...22:53
20. Bethany Harshfield...23:22
21. Michaela Martin...23:26
26. Marena Lodzinski...27:10
3. Randy Sterk...27:09
5. Daniel Ng...27:28
12. Ben Drew...29:04
17. Jonathan Rex...30:09
20. Jamin Parker...30:54
25. Donovan Graham...31:37
26. Dustin Fletcher...31:46
27. Matt DeRenzo...32:05
33. Richie Cornett...33:28
MARION, Ind. – Multiple runners for Grace finished career-best races on Saturday at the IWU Invitational on both the men's and women's squads.
For the women, freshmen Jenna McClellan and Marina Ramirez posted season-best times. McClellan finished in 24th place at 20:01 while Ramirez was 56th at 21:32.
Senior Randy Sterk and Daniel Ng also turned in personal records in the men's meet. Sterk was fifth overall and the top runner among conference competitors with a time of 26:10, and Ng broke the 27-minute barrier for the first time in his career with a time of 26:58 (14th place).
A pair of freshmen Lancers in Donovan Graham and Richie Cornett also finished in the best times of their young collegiate careers at identical 29:36 finishes.
Ben Drew finished 22nd in a strong showing, Jonathan Rex was not far back at 27th and Jamin Parker rounded out the top five at 29:09 (41st place).
"We've worked hard for the past couple weeks, so many of our runners were a little tired and sore," said head coach Jeff Raymond. "We still competed well, however, and hopefully we'll be at full strength and ready to run our best at the upcoming MCC championships."
For complete race results, click here.
The Lancers will compete at the DeWitt Baker Invitational at Huntington University next Saturday.
24. Jenna McClellan...20:01
56. Marina Ramirez...21:32
76. Bethany Harshfield...23:14
89. Marena Lodzinski...25:52
5. Randy Sterk...26:10
14. Daniel Ng...26:58
22. Ben Drew...27:22
27. Jonathan Rex...28:30
41. Jamin Parker...29:09
50. Donovan Graham...29:36
51. Richie Cornett...29:36
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Grace’s cross country team took part in the 21-team Indiana Intercollegiates, hosted by Indiana University on Friday.
The men’s team placed 10th in the Little State Division ahead of teams such as Taylor, Indiana Tech and Indiana East. The women did not place with two runners out with injuries.
Randy Sterk was the top overall finisher for Grace. He finished in a time of 26:46, good enough for 63rd place overall. Ben Drew finished second for the Lancers in 27:13 (80th), and Daniel Ng was not far behind at 27:20 (88th).
Tim Trapp was 101st with a time of 27:40, Jonathan Rex was 141st with a time of 29:14, and Jamin Parker was 150th with a time of 29:57.
Drew’s time was a personal record, and Trapp (freshman) also had a big improvement.
"Our guys made significant strides since last week, and they did it on a difficult course,” said head coach Jeff Raymond. “We will still get better, but I really like what I see so far."
On the women’s side, freshman Jenna McClellan continued to pace the Lady Lancers with a time of 20:40, which placed 92nd. All four runners performed stronger than they had one week ago.
Marina Ramirez ran a 22:26 for 134th place, and Michaela Martin (23:00, 145th place) and Bethany Harshfield (23:37, 152nd) were close behind.
"All four ladies who ran today are freshman so this big meet was a new experience,” Raymond continued. “However they handled it well and continue to improve."
For the full results from the race, click here.
The next race for the Lancers is the Wildcat Invitational on Oct. 1 in Marion, Ind.
92. Jenna McClellan...20:40
134. Marina Ramirez...22:26
145. Michaela Martin...23:00
152. Bethany Harshfield...23:37
63. Randy Sterk...26:46
80. Ben Drew...27:13
88. Daniel Ng...27:20
101. Tim Trapp...27:40
141. Jonathan Rex...29:14
150. Jamin Parker...29:57
156. Donovan Graham...30:20
157. Sean Smith...30:24
166. Matt DeRenzo...31:13
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Randy Sterk, Jenna McClellan and Daniel Ng each ran in the top 10 in the Lancer Invitational at Miller Field on Saturday.
Sterk’s time of 27:10.7 in the men’s 8k race paced the Lancers. His third-place finish combined with Ng’s ninth-place finish of 27:48.6 helped the men’s team tie for third place out of five teams.
Tim Trapp (18th), Ben Drew (19th) and Jonathan Rex (26th) rounded out the top five scoring for Grace.
The women’s team was led by freshman McClellan’s 20:22.5, which placed fourth overall in the 5k event. Marina Ramirez ran a 23:27.8 for 25th place, and Michaela Martin was just behind with a time of 23:32.1.
"It was great to have a home meet as none of our runners have ever run a meet on our campus. I thought it was a good event and there was some good competition for an early-season meet," said head coach Jeff Raymond. "Overall, I thought we performed fairly well. We will certainly get better by the end of the year, but it was a nice chance to see where we are at this point."
Click here for complete results.
The Lancers’ next race is the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday in Bloomington, Ind.
4. Jenna McClellan...20:22.5
25. Marina Ramirez...23:27.80
26. Michaela Martin...23:32.10
29. Bethany Harshfield...23:54.0
33. Marena Lodzinski...27:21.2
3. Randy Sterk...27:10.7
9. Daniel Ng...27:48.6
18. Tim Trapp...28:56.4
19. Ben Drew...29:05.1
26. Jonathan Rex...30:10.6
27. Jamin Parker...30:33.7
28. Donovan Graham...30:41.0
37. Sean Smith...30:54.9
43. Matt DeRenzo...31:50.8
44. Richie Cornett...31:53.0
50. Dustin Fletcher...33:30.6
54. Matt Brunner...35:16.6
GOSHEN, Ind. – Grace’s cross country team kicked off the 2011 season at the Goshen College Hokum Karem on Saturday.
Seniors Daniel Ng and Randy Sterk paired up in the unique race to capture first place overall with a time of 52:39.
The race consisted of two-person teams from each school. The pair then alternates mile intervals in a relay-race fashion until the race in completed. The women ran a six-mile race (three miles each) while the men ran 10 miles (five miles each).
Grace took second place in the men’s competition thanks in large part to the victory by Ng and Sterk. Sophomore Ben Drew and freshman Tim Trapp were fourth with a time of 53:32, while senior Matt DeRenzo and sophomore Jonathan Rex finished eighth in 56:50.
The Lancers finished second with 13 points, just behind host Goshen College with 11. Trine University was third with 21 points.
"This was a good start for our team. It was a different format than we normally run and it was around 90 degrees, but it gave us a chance to see where we are at this point in the season,” said head coach Jeff Raymond. “Daniel and Randy really ran well, starting conservatively but winning by more than 25 seconds. I'm looking forward to see how everyone develops as the season moves forward."
On the women's side, the freshman pair of Jenna McClellan and Marina Ramirez finished in fifth place in a time of 41:10. Another pair of freshmen, Michaela Martin and Bethany Harshfield, were eighth with a final time of 44:39. Due to a minor injury, the Lancers did not field a third pair of runners, so did not figure in the team scoring.
"The ladies had solid races for their first collegiate meet. They were a little nervous, but handled things pretty well,” Raymond continued. “I know they will continue to improve in the next couple of months."
Grace will host its first home meet in several years next Saturday on September 10. The women will run on the Miller Field course at 10:00 a.m., followed by the men at 10:45.
Women (6 miles)
5. Jenna McClellan / Marina Ramirez...41:10
8.Michaela Martin / Bethany Harshfield...44:39
Men (10 miles)
1. Daniel Ng / Randy Sterk...52:39
4. Tim Trapp / Ben Drew..53:32
8. Matt DeRenzo / Jonathan Rex...56:50
9. Jamin Parker / Donny Graham...56:57
15. Dustin Fletcher / Sean Smith...60:15
18. Richie Cornett / Matt Brunner...63:00
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Entering his second season as the coach of Grace’s men’s and women’s cross country team, head coach Jeff Raymond faces two very different squads in 2011.
The men’s team returns eight runners, led by four seniors. The Lancers are coming off a seventh-place finish in a competitive Mid-Central College Conference and an eighth-place showing at the NCCAA National Championships. Raymond and the men have set the goal to improve their finishes in both of those meets.
They will be anchored by seniors Randy Sterk and Daniel Ng. The duo set the pace for Grace in the team’s seven meets last season, and Sterk finished the season with four straight sub-27 minute times.
“Our seniors will be leaders for our men’s team,” Raymond said. “They have all been here four years and want to finish with a strong season. They will be the heart of the team and help mentor the incoming freshmen both on and off the field.”
Juniors Dustin Fletcher and Matthew Brunner and sophomores Ben Drew and Jonathan Rex return to the squad in 2011, adding depth and collegiate experience to a well-rounded squad. Drew and Rex both ran in the top five for Grace in each race last season as freshmen.
Tim Trapp highlights the incoming freshmen class of four runners and shows the potential to join Grace’s top five if he can adjust to the collegiate distance of 8K.
On the women’s team, the Lady Lancers must make up for the loss of graduated All-American performers MariJean Wegert and Ashley Thomas.
The lone returner for the Lady Lancers in sophomore Marena Lodzinski. Grace also adds senior Hannah Harmsen, a first-time runner.
The majority of the roster is comprised of freshmen, with Raymond bringing in five newcomers. Jenna McClellan should be the top runner for Grace immediately, according to Raymond, with the potential to finish top-20 in the MCC this year.
“For the women, I think the excitement of the young runners is our biggest strength,” Raymond explained. “My goal is to see each person challenge themselves and improve individually. I’m not sure where we can place in the conference, but we will train toward having our best performance at that meet.”
The Lancers open the season at the University of Saint Francis on Aug. 30 at 4:30 pm.