2014 Men's Cross Country
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Nate Van Holten
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 3rd Season
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Nate Van Holten begins his second year as the Cornerstone University Men's Head Cross Country Coach after eleven years 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.

Since 2006, he has guided the men's cross country team to four NAIA National Championship appearances and the 2009 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title.

In 2012, Zach Ripley, the 2010 NAIA National Champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, bettered the qualifying standard for the U.S. Olympic Trials in that event. Van Holten's men have owned the steeplechase in the WHAC, winning every year since 2004.

Van Holten also coach 2012 Olympic Trials Steeplechaser, Derek Scott to nine All-America honors and, the 2007 NAIA National Championship in the 1500 meters as well a spot on the 2004 United States Jr. National team while at CU. He has also had five of his athletes qualify and compete at the USATF Jr. National Championships. Altogether, Van Holten has coached 14 athletes to 32 All-Americans honors, two National titles, and six 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 two children live in Grand Rapids.

 
 
Men's Cross Country Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Thomas BambachSR  Allendale, Mich.Allendale HS
Jacob BensonSO  Alpena, Mich.Alpena HS
Trevor CurtisFR  Belding, Mich.Belding HS
Michael DarlingSR  Galesburg, Mich.Galesburg HS
Brent DunnFR  Hobart, Ind.Hobart HS
Louis FallandSR  Nuriootpa, AustraliaNumonohi Chr. Academy
Zach FeldpauschFR  Fowler, Mich.Fowler HS
Tyler GreySR  Penfield, Ill.Armstrong Potomac HS
Jared HolmbergSR  Muskegon, Mich.Muskegon HS
Phillip MerrellFR  Cadillac, Mich.Cadillac HS
Tyler SteigengaSR  Holland, Mich.Holland Christian HS
Garrett TremaineFR  Jackson, Mich.Leslie HS
Nathan VanderwallJR  Marne, Mich.West Michigan Lutheran HS
Kevin VroeghFR  Dyer, Ind.Illiana Christian HS
Isaac WithrowJR  Tinley Park, IllTinley Park Andrew HS
Nate Van Holten - Head Coach - 3rd season
Rod Wortley - Director of Cross Country/Track & Field - 19th season
 
 
 
  • Nov. 8 - Men's Cross Country @ WHAC Championships (Hosted at Riverside Park - Grand Rapids, Mich.) - 3rd of 10
  • 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