SU Cross-Country Supports Redding Community

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s cross-country teams spent part of their pre-season serving the Redding community. Coach Ben Gurczynski took his runners to Boulder Creek Elementary School on Aug. 22, where they conducted a running boot camp for eighth-grade boys and girls.

“We went there with the goal of sharing the importance of college,” Gurcyznski said.

Boulder Creek eighth-grade teacher Colleen Woodward said she was impressed with the Simpson students’ ability to relate with her students.

“It couldn’t have gone more smoothly,” she said.

Red Hawk cross-country team members also showed up to support Redding distance running club SWEAT on Aug. 26.

“This is a community-based event we look forward to supporting every year,” Gurczynski said. “It’s more of a training exercise for us. I don’t expect our teams to go at it that hard.”

Sophomore Tucker Hoffman and freshman Joey Belknap sprinted to the finish line of the 5.5-mile race with times of 39:27 and 39:28. Senior Jackie VanShooten (pictured left) and junior Holly Pebles blistered the two-mile course in 13:21 and 14:00, respectively. Several Simpson parents were there for the event.

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Photo and Story by Mark Mezzano

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