Five Grand Rapids Community College athletic teams participated in national tournaments this season, reflecting hard work, talent, and determination in overcoming challenges created by the pandemic.
Three GRCC teams finished in the top 10 nationally, with the golf team falling just shy. The college also celebrated five student-athletes earning All-American honors, including a Player of the Year. Three coaches were named Coach of the Year.
“I’m proud of our student-athletes, who this year faced challenges we never could have imagined,” GRCC Interim Athletic Director David Selmon said. “We made student success and safety a priority. Seasons were delayed and abbreviated, and we made safety a priority. Everyone pulled together to compete, and demonstrated our GRCC programs are among the best in the nation.”
The women’s cross-country team finished fourth in the nation, with Audrey Meyering earning National Junior College Athletic Association and Coaches Association All-American honors, and Kiah Becker earning Coaches Association All-America honors.
The men’s cross-country team claimed ninth place in the nation, with Josh Kipkoech earned First-Team All-American honors.
Former Coach Matt Sicilia was named Coach of the Year by both the MCCAA and the NJCAA Region 12.
The volleyball team’s season was delayed for months and shortened due to the pandemic, the program continued to be successful.