Josie and Dicia prepare for the big race.
This year for the first year, runners had to qualify for the NCCAA Division II national meet. Josie Lange and Dicia Wahl both qualified to compete. The race was at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. There were 40 womens teams and 262 women registered for the Division I and II races. Josie had her personal best 5k with a time of 20:59. She was 9th in the women’s division II race! Dicia was 41st with a time of 27:12. The race course is a beautiful rolling course and the weather was cool and crisp. Perfect day
Josie’s last mile.
for a great race. The start was rough, as the starter accidentally shot his gun and then called the runners back to restart. On the second start, Josie was trip, went down and had her hand spiked as she was pushing herself back up to run the race. Despite the rough start, both girls ran hard and finished a great first season at Grace Bible College.
Dicia just after mile #1.
Saturday, November 9, 2013, the men’s cross country team traveled to Lansing, Michigan to compete in their last race of the season. Trenton Loomis had set a personal goal to run a half marathon before the end of the year, and he fulfilled that goal at the “Run-a-Munk” half marathon at the Woldumar Nature Center. The other men and Coach Stowers all ran the 10k. The race was a trail run, very hilly, full of roots, leaves, curves and scenery. Everyone commented on what a challenging course it was!
This was Trenton’s first half marathon, and what a challenging way to start your half marathon career! He placed 3rd in his age group with a time of 1 hour 46 minutes and 56 seconds. He received an award for finishing the half and for 3rd place. Richard Mooney also received an award for placing 1st in his age group in the 10k with a time of 46:51. Jean Louis Martinez was 2nd in his age group with a time of 49:32. Coach Stowers was first woman in the master’s division (it’s an age thing) with a time of 56:25.
Grace ran their last race before nationals at Alger Heights. Alger Heights is a fun run, contestants dress in costumes and compete not only for a place in the race, but in the costume contest as well. The day started off raining and nasty, but by the time the race started the weather was perfect for running, cool and dry.
Richard was a sailor, Ally a dinosaur, Denise a Zombie Bride, Dicia an ugly sweater, Coach a ballerina, Trenton – Buddy the Elf, Jean Louis a Puerto Rican baseball player, Liz a square dancer and Josie a leopard.
Josie Lange placed 1st in her age group, 2nd in the costume contest and 3rd woman overall in the 10k with a time of 48:18. Jean Louis Martinez placed 1st in his age group in the 10k with a time of 46:27. Buddy the Elf, aka Trenton Loomis, placed 2nd in his age group in the 10k with a time of 48:58. (yes the costume was hot and heavy, how does Buddy do it?) Coach also ran the 10k and was 1st in her age group with a time of 53:16. The rest of the team ran the 5k. Richard Mooney was 3rd in his age group and 9th overall with a time of 19:28. Dicia Wahl also won a medal, placing 2nd in her age group with a time of 26:00. A fun time was had by all!
Two runners were out sick, one runner was out of the country (Dicia Wahl has been on a two week mission trip to India), but the six runners who ran represented Grace with flying colors! The three men ran their first 10k and each took home a medal. Richard Mooney place 6th overall (of 226 finishers), 1st place in his age bracket with a time of 42:38. Trenton Loomis was 7th overall, 2nd in his age bracket with a time of 44:20. Jean Louis Martinez was 21st overall, 3rd in his age group with a time of 48:41.
The women also performed well. Ally Rackley finished as the 20th woman finisher in the 5k (out of 150 women), 1st in her age group with a time of 27:06. Liz Pedersen was 24th woman, 3rd in her age group at 27:53. And Denise VanBeek ran her first 5k in 34:26 to place 13th out of 17 in her age group and 91st out of 150 for women.
Congratulations and health and safe travels to our missing runners.
Grace traveled to Lansing Michigan for the Lansing Community College Invitational. There were 30 men’s teams with Grand Valley taking 1st place and 30 women teams with Saginaw Valley in 1st place. Trenton Loomis had his personal best in the men’s 8k with a time of 34:55! Josie Lange finished in the top half of the women’s 5k race with her time of 21:42. Dicia Wahl finished with a time of 25:18, Ally Rackley at 27:59. Jean Louis Martinez and Elizabeth Pedersen suffered injuries and appreciate prayers for a quick recovery.
Grace Bible College cross-country team raced at the Grand River Run at Roselle Park in Ada Michigan. Richard Mooney was the 3rd male overall finisher with a time of 33:33, and Josie Lange was 2nd female overall finisher with a time of 37:43.
The top three men and women on the team also sweeped their age groups. In the male 20-24 age group, Richard was 1st, Trenton Loomis was 2nd with a time of 36:59, and Jean Louis Martinez was 3rd with a time of 40:52.
In the female 15-19 age bracket, Josie took 1st place. Dicia Wahl took 2nd with a time of 44:51, and Ally Rackley took 3rd with a time of 51:24.
The team was also represented by Elizabeth Pedersen who finished with a time of 50:55, Denise VanBeek with a time of 59:30, and Coach Stowers, who took 1st place in her age group with a time of 43:13. Congratulations to all of the runners on their individual accomplishments and team performance.
The official 2013 NCCAA Division II qualifying results have been posted. Josie Lange and Dicia Wahl have both qualified for nationals with their performances at Calvin Invitational. They also both broke the previous school record of 24:19 set in 2011 by Erin Willis. At this time Josie is ranked 6th in the division with her time of 21:39 and Dicia is ranked 17th with her time of 24:16. Congratulations to both. Nationals will be held in Cedarville, Ohio November 16th.
Today marked the first year that Grace had a complete women’s team to race, finish and score in the Calvin Invitational! There are many exciting stories wrapped up in the race. First, congratulations to Josie Lange and Dicia Wahl for qualifying for NCCAA Div 2 nationals by beating the qualifying time of 24:30. Josie finished with a time of 21:39 and Dicia with a time of 24:19. This was especially impressive for Josie as this was her first ever 5k running race. Josie has a history of being a cross-country skier and swimmer. She has now established herself as a cross-country runner as well. Also running and finishing today were Ally Rackley with a time of 26:49, Elizabeth Pedersen with a time of 28:52 and Jessica Turnbough with a time of 34:01. Thanks to Jessica for running and finishing, even though she is fighting a cold. Also representing the Grace Tigers today for the men was Trenton Loomis with his first 8k race and finishing with a time of 35:01. He is just one minute and one second off the qualifying time for nationals, so we are looking forward to his next races, cheering him on in an attempt to qualify as well.
The Grace Bible Cross Country team roster has finally been set. The men will be represented by junior Jean Louis Martinez and sophomore Trenton Loomis. The women will be represented by junior Elizabeth Pedersen, sophomore Jessica Turnbough, and freshmen Josie Lange, Dicia Wahl and Ally Rackley. These seven runners will be running in all of the scheduled races. Richard Mooney and Denise VanBeek will also be joining the team for the road races including Roselle Park, Run Thru the Rapids and the Alger Height Run.