Grace Athletics Review – Fall 2016
Our athletes have had a busy fall representing Grace well on the court and the field. Most of you know that it takes hard work and requires balance of your schedule to perform well in the classroom and as a team. Here is a brief update on how the fall season played out for the Lancers.
Grace’s cross country teams produced groundbreaking results at the Crossroads League Championships.
The women ran the fastest team time (sum of the top five finishers) in school history, and the men had the best team time since 2002. Individually, Grace had three All-League honorees, including Raven Arellano, Ben Rankin and Nathan Lane. It marks the first time in 15 years that Grace has had three All-League runners, and the first time with both a male and female All-League honoree in the same year.
Both men and women had a great fall and participated in the NCCAA National Tournament.
The men’s team finished fourth with a score of 937. Grace was making its first appearance at NCCAA Nationals in 17 years. The Lancers’ 305 on Tuesday was the third-best in the field.
For the women, Freshman Anna Marshall represented Grace’s women’s golf team at the 2016 NCCAA National Championships in Florida. Anna placed in the top half of the event, finishing in 23rd place to set a program record for highest finish.
The men finished fifth in regular season standings. Danila Kurkulin and Uros Pajic were both awarded spots on the postseason All-Crossroads League Team. Kurkulin also won the ITA Regional Championship as an individual, a first-such accomplishment for a Lancer. He advanced to the national ITA Oracle Cup and placed seventh in the nation.
The Lady Lancers surprised the Crossroads League with an 11-5 record. Grace reached the league tournament semifinals after upsetting Taylor on the road. The team’s 11 victories this fall also tied a program record for most wins in a season.
The Crossroads League honored Natalia Kurkova and coach Scott Moore from Grace’s women’s tennis team. Kurkova earned the third All-League recognition of her three-year career and Moore was named the league’s Co-Coach of the Year.