Cross Country

    Cross Country Is...

    As I reflect back on the season our Grace Bible College team experienced this year, I can't help but think about this question in terms of myself. To think of where our team was at the first day of practice in August, then to think forward to placing 3rd at Nationals in November, is such a parade of joy and memories. To me, cross country is every moment from that day in August to now. It's not just about the running. It is also about the memories, lessons, inside jokes, and emotions along the way.

    I invite each of you to share your answer to this question on our Facebook page ( is cross country to you? Full Article >

    Grace XC Places 3rd at NCCAA Nationals, Make School History

    The Grace Bible College men's cross country team made school history this weekend, placing 3rd in the country at the NCCAA National Cross Country Championships in Houghton, New York! The men had already made history by being the first to qualify as a team for Nationals; however, the team was not satisfied with just qualifying and made a statement to all of the NCCAA on Saturday. Grace Bible College Cross Country is becoming a nationally recognized program for success. Full Article >

    Cross Country Team Begins Final Preparations for the NCCAA National meet on November 14

    On November 14, the Grace Cross Country teams will be in Houghton, New York to compete against the best NCCAA cross country teams in the country to cap off what has been a historic season. With a men's team that has been ranked #2 in the country most of the season, and All-American Josie Lange and junior Holly Ferguson from the women's team, the Tigers are looking to make their mark as a nationally recognized cross country program. Since the trip to New York will begin next week Thursday, this week marks the last full week of practice for the runners to prepare for the National meet. Full Article >

    Grace Cross Country Adds Hudsonville Senior Zachary Rumley for 2016 Season

    Grace Bible College Cross Country is excited to announce the signing of our first recruit for the 2016 season! Zachary Rumley, a senior from Hudsonville High School, has made the commitment to run for the Tigers next year. Zach will be an outstanding addition to the team. The son of Tim and Sue Rumley, Zach has five siblings: Luke, Emily, Erin, Betsey, and Elyse. He also participated in basketball and baseball while at Hudsonville. While running cross country in high school, his 5k personal record was 17:52. Full Article >

    Amazing Performances at MCC by Grace XC Set Tone Leading Up to Nationals

    Wow! That is the best word to summarize yesterday's race at Muskegon Community College for the GBC Cross Country team. After the week of practice the team went through, they had no business running such fast times. But they did, proving to themselves that they are even stronger than they realized. They ran 11 miles on Monday, ran the hardest and fastest practice of the year on Tuesday, then came back on Wednesday with mile repeats at race pace. With only Thursday being a light run, the coaches demanded the Grace runners step up yesterday and run their best races to date, despite windy and colder conditions with tired legs. They did just that! Coach Verwey and Coach Kenemer are excited about yesterday's results and the momentum that gives the team through the final weeks of the season, preparing for Nationals in New York on November 14. Full Article >

    Josie Lange Named NCCAA Cross Country Athlete of the Week

    Congratulations to Josie Lange for being named the NCCAA cross country athlete of the week! Her leadership on our team deserves to be recognized! Full Article >

    Grace Cross Country Team has Strong Showing at Lansing Invitational

    The Grace Cross Country teams had strong showings at Friday's Lansing Invitational at Grand Woods Park. With near perfect weather conditions for both the women's 5k and men's 8k races, the Tigers once again tested themselves against a field full of schools much larger than themselves and, in the end, found success. Full Article >

    Cross Country Team Earns 2nd Place at Maranatha Invite

    The Grace cross country family had a fantastic day yesterday in Watertown, Wisconsin at the Sabercats Invite, hosted by Maranatha Baptist University. The men's team earned a 2nd place finish, only twenty points behind the defending NCCAA division 2 national champion Sabercats. On top of that, almost every runner from both the women's and men's squads posted new season best or lifetime best times for their respective distances. It is quite clear that the training and preparation the Grace team has been doing is paying off. This was a great opportunity to see where Grace stand as they look forward to Nationals this November in New York. Full Article >

    Grace Cross Country Competes at MSU

    The Grace Bible College cross country team is proud of the progress they are making as a team. Today they toed the starting line with 34 other teams at Michigan State University. The GBC team competed against teams like MSU, GVSU, CMU, UofM Dearborn, Bowling Green, and many other NCAA division 1 and 2 teams. Today was further evidence of the new direction the program is heading, becoming a group that can compete at any level and is making a name for itself as a place for runners to find success. Although there is more work to do, a new and exciting era of cross country has arrived at Grace Bible College! Full Article >

    Grace XC Standout, Luis DeKryger, Named NCCAA Div. 2 Men's Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week

    Luis DeKryger, a freshman on the Grace cross country team, has been named the NCCAA Division 2 Men's Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week. DeKryger led the GBC cross country team this past weekend with a level of confidence not often found in freshman. He was not intimidated to compete with the race leaders and relished the opportunity to compete. Although a quiet leader by nature, DeKryger helps all of his teammates to be the best they can be. He challenges himself to be better each and every day. Full Article >

    Grace Women's XC Qualifies Two for NCCAA Nationals

    Not to be left behind, junior Holly Ferguson (Kent City, MI) is becoming increasingly impressive throughout the season. Holly ran more than a minute faster than her time last year on the same course, finishing in 24:05, and securing an individual qualifying time for Nationals to join Josie in New York this November. "I was literally jumping up and down with excitement about Holly's performance during the race," noted Verwey. "She knew it too, you could see her trust in training and her strength from the Lord shining through as she ran by." Full Article >

    Men's XC Makes History: Qualifies for Team Nationals at Knight Invite

    Grand Rapids, MI - The Grace Bible College Men's Cross Country team accomplished what had not been done before in school history at this weekend's Calvin College Knight Invitational -qualifying for NCCAA Nationals as a team. In what turned out to be a perfect day for running, the men's squad needed to finish with an average team time of 36:00 to qualify, but they handily smashed that mark, finishing with an average of 32:26 for the 8k course, to punch their tickets for New York in November. Full Article >

    Grace Cross Country Kicks off Season at Hope College Invitational

    The Tigers cross country team had a great first invitational this past weekend, hosted by Hope College. They continue on their journey this Saturday at the Calvin College Knight Invite. Full Article >

    Hills and Sand Dominate 2015 Grace Cross Country Camp

    "I was thrilled with every aspect of camp," noted head coach Gerry Verwey. "We had a lot of fun, but also the runners were really focused on pushing themselves in the workouts and maintained the most upbeat and positive attitudes I have ever seen from a team being challenged that much. The tone for the season has now been set and we've really become a closer family than before camp. It's going to be a great year for cross country at Grace." Full Article >

    Early signs look encouraging for the future of Grace XC

    "It's clear to me that our team understands the value of paying their dues now to enjoy the rewards later this season," noted Coach Verwey. "From our first to last runner, there is a common understanding of what it takes to be successful in cross country in all aspects, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I can only hope the example we are setting early in the season is contagious across the entire Grace community and beyond." Full Article >

    2015 Cross Country Season Begins

    August 10th marks the first day of a new season of cross country for Grace Bible College, but this season will look very different than years past. A number of new and exciting changes await this year's cross country team, the first of which is a more competitive and challenging meet schedule. Full Article >

    Cross Country Adds South Christian Standout, Luis DeKryger

    Luis DeKryger, a top cross country and track runner from South Christian High School, has signed to run for the Tigers next fall. Luis is a three time state cross country and track qualifier and All-Conference athlete. He has a 5K personal record of17:15, a 4:55 PR for the 1600m, and a high jump personal best of 6' 2". Full Article >

    Grace cross country announces addition of Nathan Russell

    Grace Cross Country is excited to announce that Nathan Russell has made the commitment to run for Grace this coming season. Welcome to the cross country family Nathan! Full Article >

    GBC Athletics: 10 Highlights from 2014-15

    In no particular order, here are 10 things worth remembering from the 2014-15 Grace Bible College athletics year, complete with photos and videos. Full Article >

    Grace Cross Country Signs David Green From Shelby, MI

    David Green, a Shelby High School runner with a 17:50 5K personal record (PR), has made the commitment to run for the Tigers in 2015. Full Article >

    Meet the new Cross Country coach: Gerry Verwey

    The Grace Bible College athletics department has announced the hiring of a new men's and women's head cross country coach, Gerry Verwey. Gerry is a 1996 graduate of Grand Haven High School, where he competed in both cross country in track. He then went on to run cross country, and indoor & outdoor track at Grand Valley State University from 1996-2000 where he served as team captain. Full Article >

    Grace XC places 6th, runner Josie Lange earns All-American Honors

    Five members of the Grace cross-country squad ran in the NCCAA National Invitational in Houghton, NY this past Saturday. Sophomore Josie Lange made GBC athletics history, as the first ever Tiger runner to place in the top 5 for NCCAA DII All-American status. Full Article >

    Tiger runners standout with their outfits and running ability at Alger Heights

    October 25, 2014 was fall break at Grace and many students went home or took a trip to Washington D.C. (Josie Lange and Hilary Rollf had a great trip to D.C.) The cross country team participated in their annual favorite race, Alger Heights 5 and 10k. During this race runners have the option of wearing a Halloween costume. The race is full of fun costumes and the neighbors in the area come out and cheer for the runners. This year Emily Cross was a deer, Holly Ferguson was an Incredible, Trenton Loomis was Buddy the Elf, Dicia Wahl was Spider Girl, Nicolas Brown was a runner from Oregon, and Coach Stowers was a 70s girl. Full Article >

    Homecoming Weekend: Athletics Events

    Everyone is looking forward to this upcoming weekend at Grace Bible College, as Homecoming awaits. Please see this article for information on athletic events that will take place. Full Article >

    Grace Cross-Country tackles GR Bark in the Dark 5k!

    The Grace cross-country team participated in the Bark in the Dark 5k Saturday, October 11. There were over 600 participants, many with their dogs. Full Article >

    Grace runs against 39 total teams at Lansing Invite

    The Grace Cross Country team ran against over 300 other runners this past weekend in Lansing, Michigan. Nicolas Brown and Trent Loomis both posted their fastest 8k times of the season, while the women's team placed 18th. Full Article >

    Grace fairs well at Maranatha Baptist University Invite

    This weekend the Grace cross-country team traveled to Watertown, Wisconsin to run in the Maranatha Baptist College invitational. The team checked out the course the night before and then arrived early to walk the course and prepare for their race. The course was through the woods and around the corn fields by the Brandt-Quirk Park. The women's race included one long incline and the men's included three. It was a warm day for fall, but the runners all still had great races. Full Article >

    Grace women qualify for Nationals at Calvin Invitational

    It was a perfect day for running at the Calvin College Invitational, September 13, 2014. The whole Grace team was ready to run! There were 26 men and 27 women's teams, with almost 300 runners in each race. Full Article >

    2014 Media Day, "Set Yourself Apart"

    Over 100 different athletes from Grace Bible College's 7 different athletic teams gathered this past Friday evening for the 2014 Grace Athletics Media Day. The evening started off with a message from Athletic Director Gary Bailey, with the theme, "Set Yourself Apart." Subsequently, uniforms of Navy Blue and Vegas Gold flooded the Aldrich Athletic Center, as the athletes headed over for individual photos and team photos for this year's media guide, as well as the Tigers' athletic website. Full Article >

    Grace represents well at Hope Invite

    The Grace runners raced at the Hope Invitational August 30, 2014 against Hope, Adrian, Muskegon Community, Cornerstone, and Kyper. The team was represented by Trenton Loomis, Holly Ferguson, Hilary Rollf, Josie Lange and Dicia Wahl. The freshmen runners were unable to race because they were participating in freshman orientation, preparing for classes to begin on Tuesday. Full Article >

    Reeths-Puffer Standout Runner Emily Cross Signs to run for Grace

    Emily on why she chose Grace:
    “I chose GBC because of how welcoming the students were, the personal relationships between the professors and students, and the small campus; plus their devotion to God and His values.”
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    Coach Stowers Completes Bayshore Marathon

    Grace Bible College Cross Country Head Coach Lisa Stowers recently completed her fourth marathon on Saturday, May 24th, at the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, MI. Full Article >

    2013 Cross Country Year-End Award Winners

    Trenton Loomis, Liz Pedersen, and Josie Lange all received end-of-season awards this year for their efforts for the Grace Bible College Cross Country team. Full Article >

    Cross Country team welcomes Nicolas Brown out of Grants Pass, Oregon

    Nicolas Brown out of Grants Pass, Oregon has committed to run for the Tigers this upcoming fall. Nicolas is the son of Pamela and Doug Delong, and has three sisters – Makenna (22) and twins Janae and Jess (16). Full Article >

    Grace Girls Compete at Nationals

    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. Full Article >

    Men compete in 10k and half marathon

    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. Full Article >


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