2011 Men's Cross Country
Coaches
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Rod Wortley
Head Coach - 16th Season

In his 15th year at the helm of the Cornerstone University Cross Country and Track & Field teams, Coach Wortley has built a nationally recognized program producing the best runners, jumpers and throwers in school history. Every year he has taken athletes to the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA) National Championships and over 100 times they have returned with All-America honors along with over 40 All-America Scholar Athlete awards. His athletes have also earned 136 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) event titles.

Wortley was named NAIA Region VII and VIII track & field Coach of the Year for women in 2001, 04 and 05 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.

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.


 
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Nate Van Holten
Assistant Coach - 10th Season
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Nate Van Holten begins his ninth year as an assistant coach for men's middle distance, distance and race walk events. In that time his athletes have broken every school record in cross country and distance events in track and set three conference records.

In 2009 Van Holten guided the men's cross country team to their first WHAC title and third NAIA National Championship appearance since 2006. The 2010 track & field season was also productive with Zach Ripley winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Kris Shear and Janelle Brown qualifying for the USA Track & Field National Championships in the race walk.

Van Holten also guided Cornerstone's top distance runner, Derek Scott, to nine All-America honors, the 2007 NAIA National Championship in the 1500 meters and a spot on the 2004 United States Jr. National team. He has also had four of his athletes qualify and compete at the USATF Jr. National Championships. Altogether, Van Holten has coached 35 All-Americans, 2 to National titles, and 4 to National Runner-up finishes.

During his collegiate career, Van Holten was an NAIA All-American 4x400 meter runner, competing in four national championship events and earning three WHAC titles in relay events. Van Holten received a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and completed his B.S. in youth psychology from Cornerstone in 2002. He also holds three USATF Level II coaching certifications as well as instructor training certification. Nate, his wife, Jane, and their son live in Grand Rapids.


 
 
 
 
  • Oct. 25 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Great Lakes Invitational (Hosted by Aquinas College - Walker, Mich.) - 13th of 35
  • Oct. 11 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Preview Meet (Hosted at Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.) - 15th of 31
  • Sep. 26 - Men's Cross Country @ Brissman-Lundeen Invitational (Hosted by Augustana College - Rock Island, Ill.) - 12th of 38
  • Sep. 13 - (RV) Men's Cross Country @ Knight Invitational (Hosted by Calvin College - Grand Rapids, Mich.) - 12th of 21
  • Aug. 30 - (RV) Men's Cross Country @ Vanderbilt Invitational (Hosted by Hope College - Holland, Mich.) - 3rd of 4