The Grace cross-country team traveled to Cedarville, Ohio for the NCCAA division I and II finals. There were 46 women’s teams and 50 men’s teams. The weather was perfect and the course was an open, rolling, figure eight. Ridge Tefft ran the 8k in 29:59, which is a new school record at nationals. He beat Zack Kemper’s previous best time of 30:32 set in 2010. There were 281 men in the race and Ridge was 174. Of those 281, 61 were division II. Ridge placed 13th for the division II schools! Richard Mooney had his personal best with a time of 32:09. He was 32nd for the division II race. Elizabeth Pedersen toughed out her race and didn’t let the pain of glute tendinitis stop her. Her time was 27:19 and her division II place was 47. All three runners are looking forward to better races at nationals next year. Congratulations for a great season and for the tremendous amount of growth accomplished as a runner/athlete to these runners during their first year of college competition.
Grace Tigers joined the fun and festivities in the Alger Heights Neighborhood for the Halloween 5k. Richard Mooney raced in a suit and tie, Coach Stowers wore a black ballet costume and Ridge Tefft, unable to decide on a costume donned a baseball cap and Grace Tiger t-shirt. Spectators assumed Ridge to be a bat boy, maybe for the Detroit Tigers world series game later the same day?!? Costumes or not, everyone was happy with their times and places. Ridge was 4th out of 711 runners with a time of 17:31, and 1st in his age group. Richard was 12th overall with a time of 19:16, also 1st in his age group. Both beat the previous school record time set last year by Brandon Vander Weide of 19:06. The boys also beat celebrity runner and 1996 Olympic miler Paul McMullen. Paul’s best mile time was 3:54, but at age 40 today he ran a 20:30 and honored Ridge, Richard and the other runners who beat him with a caramel apple. Coach Stowers dance through the race with a time of 24:43 and was 2nd in her age group, 20th out of 407 women.
The Grace Tigers enjoyed a beautiful day for a race along the Grand River this Saturday October 20th. Ridge lead most of the race, until a wrong turn added a little millage to the course for him. He still was able to finish 3rd overall and 1st in his age group. His time of 18:02 beat Zack Kemper’s previous school record for the Run Thru the Rapids Race of 18:06 in 2010. Richard Mooney ran his first normal 5k (the Mud Run was anything but normal). He was 7th male finisher with a time of 19:16, which earned him the 2nd place medal in his age group. Yeah Richard! Congratulations on this, your first ever medal! Elizabeth Pedersen (Liz) persevered through a painful race as her hip flared up and gave her much grief. She had a great first mile time, but when Coach Stowers caught up to her at the 2 mile mark, Liz was already suffering. She continued to run strong through the pain and clocked her to-date best 5k time, 25:41. She was the 11th woman finisher and 4th in her age group. Coach Stowers was pleased with her time which was only one second slower than last year, 24:47. She was awarded first place in her age group and thanked Liz for pushing her in training runs. This week will be a recovery week for Liz as she heals and prepares with the team for next weeks race at Alger Heights.
Grace is hosting an alumni and family weekend October 11-13. There will be many fun events to participate in. Thursday there will be a pumpkin carving contest and men’s and women’s basketball games. Friday you can attend a special celebration chapel, men’s and women’s soccer games, and women’s volleyball game. There will also be an Ultimate Frisbee Bowl with the freshmen vs the juniors and then the sophomores vs the seniors. Friday you can round out the evening with a bonfire and Blue Stage. Start the day Saturday with pumpkin smashing followed by Ultimate Frisbee Championship game, women’s volleyball, alumni basketball game and a pie eating contest to top off the day. There is not a cross-country event scheduled for this weekend, so go out and enjoy the other events and we will see you the following weekend at Run Thru the Rapids.
The Tigers had a beautiful day to run at Grand Woods Park in Lansing, Michigan Friday September 28, 2012. There were 20 schools competing for times and space on the narrow trails of the park. The boys had some good 8k times despite fighting head colds all week. Ridge Tefft was 114 out of 162 runners with a time of 29:38 and Richard Mooney was 151 with a time of 32:56. For the women Elizabeth Pedersen ran the 5k with another personal best time of 26:18. She was 146 out of 154 women.
This week the cross country team had another great week of workouts. They also took care of the necessary business of picture taking. The team and individual pictures were taken for the Grace Sports Media Guide which is being assembled and produced by Coach Bailey. It will soon be arriving at Grace Sporting events.
Grace Tigers have the weekend off from competition. This has given them a great week of training including a long distance run, mile repeats and a hill workout at Pinery Park interspersed with recovery runs. The next race for the Tigers is Friday, September 28th, in Lansing Michigan. With two more weeks of training, they are looking forward to some more PRs in Lansing and more great training. Run for fun, fitness and first place!
Saturday, September 8th the Grace Cross-country runners all reached their individual goals for the day! Ridge Tefft set a new school record for the 8k with a time of 29:23. He broke Zack Kemper’s record time of 29:45 set in 2010. Richard Mooney advanced into the 32s with a time of 32:33. And Elizabeth Pedersen took several minutes off her 5k time with a time of 26:58. With over 300 men and 300 women racing at the Calvin Invitational, the Grace team enjoyed fast times and great competition. Go Tigers!
Saturday September 1st, 2012: The Grace Tiger’s cross-country runners ran in the Hope Invitational. Ridge Teft ran an impressive 30:17 for the 8k. His mile pace was 6:06 and his place was 48th. Richard Mooney ran his first race ever (not including the Mud Run) and ran the 8k in 33:16. That’s a mile pace of 6:42! Unfortunantly, the course loops and repeats many parts, so Tyler Rigg ended up taking a wrong turn and did not get an official finish time. For the women Elisabeth Pedersen ran her first ever race (not including the Mud Run). She did the 5k in 29:19. The Tigers are looking forward to a great season! Team results for the men were: 1st place Hope 39. 2nd Albion 41. 3rd Cornerstone 65 and 4th Muskegon Community College 91. Grace did not receive a team score as they had only 3 runners.
Once again Grace initiated the cross-country team by running the Mud Run held at Kentwood Community Church. There were two individual races and one team race. Grace runners ran in the individual race along with over 3600 other individuals. Tyler Rigg placed 3rd in his age group and 61st over all. Richard Mooney placed 12 in his age group and 218th over-all. Their times for this 5k which included walls to climb, slip and slides on hill sides, sand dunes, mud swamps, barrels to jump and many more challenges were: Tyler 33:24, and Richard 38:58. Unfortunately because of the large numbers, Elizabeth Pedersen was told she was done after the first of her two laps, so she did not get to finish the race.