OCU Launches Men's and Women's Cross Country

OCU Launches Men's and Women's Cross Country

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio - The Ohio Christian Athletic department is pleased to introduce teams in Men’s and Women’s Cross Country.  OCU continues to grow and look for new ways to give student athletes opportunities to be sharpened by quality coaching and the valuable experience of intercollegiate athletics. Cross country is a natural addition to an already growing athletic department.

OCU athletic director Ben Belleman has brought in two great resources to begin this new program in James Diltz and Scott Boyer.

Coach Diltz comes to OCU after a successful 35 year coaching career at Circleville High School. At CHS, Diltz led the Tigers to a stellar 389-46 record. He coached 13 state qualifying teams and 6 of those teams went on to finish Top 10 in the state of Ohio. Diltz developed some of the top runners in the state as he worked with 18 All-Ohio runners and 1 State Champion. His philosophy of the team as a family that cares for and helps one another will be the cornerstone of the OCU cross country program. To that end he emphasizes that his athletes work hard and are good representatives of themselves, their families, and the university. Coach Diltz also serves the campus community as an adjunct professor in the education department at OCU.

Coach Boyer started his cross country career as a standout Cross Country runner at Defiance High School in Defiance, Ohio. He graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. In 2008, he earned his Master's Degree in Business Management through MVNU. Though there was not a Cross-Country program at his alma-mater at the time, he continued running and training on his own and completed his first Columbus Half-Marathon in October of 2010. To this day he continues to run and train for distance races. Coach Boyer also serves the campus as a recruiter in the adult education department. Scott and his wife reside in Circleville, Ohio and have three children.

 “We are excited to have such talent, experience, and passion on our coaching staff,” said OCU Athletic Director Ben Belleman.  “We think that  this program will quickly become like many of our other programs that are currently competing at the highest level”

The teams have developed a competitive schedule for the Fall of 2011 with meets at Rio Grande, Wilmington, Cedarville, as well as the NCCAA National meet.  Anyone interested in OCU Cross Country should contact the athletic recruiting office at 740.412.1211 or by email at jbatten@ohiochristian.edu.