The Raider Fun Run 5k drew a big crowd. Today is the last day of Homecoming, with a tailgate from 5-6:30 p.m. on the Raider Grille patio, a ribbon cutting for the new student section at 6:15 p.m. in the fieldhouse, and the volleyball game at 6:30 p.m.!
Matthew Orwig led GRCC to a seventh-place finish at the Egypt Valley Intercollegiate, shooting 146 total strokes with rounds of 76 and 70.
Orwig’s +2 finish left him just one stroke behind the tournament’s first-place finisher, Alec Dutkowski, whose rounds of 74 and 71 left him one over par.
Overall, Taylor University took home the top team honors with a +22 finish. Mount Vernon Nazarene University took a distant second at +37. Huntington University took third at +48.
GRCC’s Josh Stephan tied for 22nd at +15. Ryan Skislak tied for 36th with a +22, and Ryan Skislak’s +22 earned him a share of 42nd. Cameron DeKuiper tied for 46th with a +23, and Samuel Howard tied for 59th at + 35.
In addition to a second-place finish, Orwig’s play earned him a spot on the event’s All-Tournament Team with Taylor’s Dutkowski and Mitch Lamping, as well as Sean Thomas and Sam Romine from Mount Vernon Nazarene.
The end of the tournament marks the end of competition for GRCC as cooler, wetter weather moves golf teams off the courses and back inside. The Raiders will commence play again in March.
Students joined the volleyball team in decorating lunch bags for Kids’ Food Basket as part of this week’s Homecoming activities.
Homecoming kicked off with breakfast on October 16.
Stephanie Thomas and Chris Santana continue to lead the way for GRCC’s cross country teams as the men finished third of 17 teams and the women 12th of 17 at this weekend’s Muskegon Invitational.
Santana finished the race in 26:23 for 19th place overall, while Thomas’ 19:22 was a women’s school record.
Sam Borisch finished 30th overall at 26:55. Trystan Thayer came in 40th with a 27:18. Bruce Buurstra took 44th with a 27:21. Daniel Santana finished in 27:54 for 73rd. Isaac Arp stayed in the top 100 at 99 with a 28:35. Nate Edwards finished last for the men at 125th at 29:15.
Cierra Ensign and Jessica Sluiter took 80th and 85th, with times of 20:44 and 20:52. Maya McAdory and Anna Abernethy finished in 180th and 182nd, with times of 29:59 and 30:44.
Lansing Community College won the men’s team event, leading second-place Sienna Heights and third-place Grand Rapids. Hope College took the top honors on the women’s side, with Sienna Heights taking second place and Lansing’s Stars taking third.
Esrom Woldemicheal of Sienna Heights was the top college placer on the men’s side, finishing the 8k in 25:25.81. Concordia’s Stephanie Johnston was the collegiate winner in the women’s event, finishing in 18:24.49.
GRCC’s women’s team will make the trek to Oakland Community College on October 21, and the men have the week off to prepare for the NJCAA Regional Championships, which will be held in Lansing on October 28.
The latest schedule, through October 20, for the College Channel includes the ArtPrize panel.
The No. 3-ranked volleyball team picked up its 20th win of the season, downing Kellogg Community College in straight sets on October 12: 25, 19, 25-20 and 25-16. GRCC now boasts a 20-1 overall record with an undefeated 13-0 conference record — just three contests remain in regular season play.
The Raiders were led last night by Kendra DeJonge, who finished with a career high 24 kills — hitting .382 while adding 10 digs and an ace. Hannah Stearns finished the night with 11 kills, hitting .455. Lauren Helsen led the team in assists with 19, and Autumn Severn closely trailed her with 18.
GRCC hosts the MCCAA West’s No. 5 Ancilla College Chargers on October 17th and then Lake Michigan College on October 19 for Homecoming.