2014 Men's Cross Country
Nate Van Holten Image

Coach Nate Van Holten enters his 12th season with the Cornerstone cross country and track & field programs and is in his third as head men’s crcoach.  

In his time at Cornerstone, the record books have been re-written as they have amassed 70 All Americans (7 XC, 63 track) and included in those honors are four National Champions and 10 National Runner up finishes.  The cross country teams have gone to Nationals as a team on five occasions and had an individual qualifier every year. In 2007 the team finished 5th as a team, the best team finish at CU.

In the 2014 track season Van Holten coached a pair of National Champions in the Mile and 3k Racewalk.    

A pair of former CU athlete in which Van Holten has continued to work with, Derek Scott and Zach Ripley, have represented team USA in three different international competitions.  Both athletes hit qualifying times for the Olympic Trials while Derek Scott also went on to become a sub 4-minute miler, running  3:57.  Van Holten has helped nine athletes qualify for the USA JR Championships and seven qualify for the USA Outdoor Championships. 

Coach “Q” started out as a walk-on at Cornerstone University and in his final season finished as an All-American in the 4x4 relay indoor with a 5th place finish. He has a Masters Degree from Grand Valley State University in Social Work after his undergrad at Cornerstone in Youth Psychology. He currently resides in Grand Rapids with his wife Jane and two kids Logan and Olympia.

Rod Wortley Image
Rod Wortley
Director of Cross Country/Track & Field - 19th Season

After 17 seasons as the Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach, Wortley begins the 2012-2013 school year as the Director of Cross Country and Track & Field. Since 1996 he has built a nationally recognized program producing the best runners jumpers and throwers in school history.

In 28 consecutive NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, and 16 in Cross Country, 54 Golden Eagle athletes have earned All-America honors 108 times along with over 50 All-America Scholar Athlete awards. At the conference level, his athletes have won 163 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference event titles and six Team Championships.

Wortley was named NAIA Region VII and VIII Track & Field Coach of the Year for women in 2001,2004 and 2005 and for men in 2003. He has also been selected as WHAC Coach of the Year seven times for Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. He is the current the President of NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association and Chairs the Ratings Committee. He has also served as the Chair of the Outdoor Championships Games Committee and been Head Field Event Referee at four NAIA Championship Meets.

Wortley graduated from Cornerstone in 1988 with a B.A. in English literature. He completed his Master's Degree in English/professional writing at Western Michigan University in 1992. He also holds three U.S.A. track & field Level II coaching certifications. His wife, Anita, is also a Cornerstone alumna. They have two children.

  • Nov. 21 - (RV)Men's Cross Country @ 2015 NAIA National Championships (McAlpine Creek Park) - 28th of 36 - recap - results
  • Nov. 7 - (RV)Men's Cross Country @ 2015 WHAC Championships (Hosted by Aquinas - Riverside Park) - 3rd of 10 - recap - results
  • Oct. 24 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Great Lakes Challenge (Hosted by Aquinas College - Gracewil CC) - 8th of 25 - recap - results
  • Oct. 9 - (RV)Men's Cross Country @ Royals Cross Country Classic (Hosted by Queens University - McAlpine Creek Park) - 14th of 24 - recap - results
  • Sep. 25 - (RV)Men's Cross Country @ Brissman-Lundeen Invitational (Hosted by Augustana College - Saukie Golf Course) - 13th of 50 - recap - results
  • Sep. 12 - (RV)Men's Cross Country @ Knight Invitational (Hosted by Calvin College - Gainey Athletic Complex) - 10th of 28 - recap - results
  • Sep. 5 - (RV)Men's Cross Country @ Vanderbilt Invitational (Hosted by Hope College - Ridge Point Community Church) - 2nd of 4 - recap - results