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Men's Cross Country

Carl Sandburg College has had individuals run cross country on and off since 1971. In 2005, the program was rejuvenated. The following year, the Chargers' Shane Curry and Wesley Brandenburg qualified for the NJCAA Division I national championship meet. In 2007, Curry returned to the national meet along with Zach Yeager, who was the first and only Region IV individual champion in program history. In 2009, Wes Anderson and Joe Shepherd qualified for the national championship meet, which was held in Peoria. Home meets are held at Lake Storey Park, on the north border of the Main Campus in Galesburg.


2019 Men's Cross Country Roster
2019 roster
High School
Andrew Cation Fr. Yates City, Ill. Farmington
Nathan Cutts So. Oneida, Ill. ROWVA
Gunner Goff Fr. Knoxville, Ill. Knoxville
Andrew Hand So. Woodhull, Ill. AlWood
Preston Hook So. Galesburg, Ill. Galesburg
Dixon Kiptoo So. Eldoret, Kenya Kipsangui Boys
Ryan Monson Fr. Aledo, Ill. Mercer County
Jesus Oliver Fr. Monmouth, Ill. Monmouth-Roseville
Andres Ramirez Fr. Monmouth, Ill. United
Kevin White So. Carthage, Ill. Illini West


Head coach: Rodney Blue
Assistant coaches: Anastasia Beetler, Gene Beetler, Dylan Brooks, Cameron Woodbury

2019 Men's Cross Country Schedule
2019 schedule
Saturday, Aug. 24 W: 10:30 a.m.
M: 11:15 a.m.
Sauk Valley (dual) Sauk Valley CC Dixon Recap
Friday, Aug. 30 W: 5 p.m.
M: 5:45 p.m.
WIU Early Bird Spring Lake Park Macomb 4th
Friday, Sept. 13 W: 5 p.m.
M: 5:45 p.m.
Aurora Spartan Classic Oakhurst Forest Preserve Aurora 3rd
Friday, Sept. 20 W: 5 p.m.
M: 5:45 p.m.
Bradley Intercollegiate Detweiller Park Peoria 15th
Friday, Oct. 4 W: 4:30 p.m.
M: 5:15 p.m.
Augustana Brissman-Lundeen Invitational Saukie Golf Course Rock Island 23rd
Saturday, Oct. 12 W: 10:30 a.m.
M: 11:30 a.m.
St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Invitational Crow Creek Park Bettendorf, Iowa 5th
Saturday, Oct. 19 W: 10:30 a.m.
M: 11:15 a.m.
Sauk Valley Invite Sauk Valley CC Dixon
Saturday, Oct. 26 W: 11 a.m.
M: Noon
Region IV Championship Sandburg HOME 6th
Saturday, Nov. 9 TBA NJCAA Division I Nationals UNM North Golf Course Albuquerque, N.M.


Coaching Staff


Head Coach

Rodney Blue

Rodney Blue was hired as the Carl Sandburg College cross country coach in February 2015.

Blue has 25 years of coaching experience, with time spent at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels. He spent the 2011-2012 seasons with the Chargers as an assistant, and he was an assistant for Knox College’s track teams during the spring 2012 season.

Blue spent 2008-2010 as the head coach of the Galesburg junior high cross country program, and his 2010 girls team recorded the only undefeated season in its history. As sprint coach for the Galesburg High School boys track and field team during the 2008-2009 seasons, Blue helped the Silver Streaks finish fourth in Class 2A at the 2009 state meet. Their 4x400-meter relay also set a school record and was the state runner-up that year.

Prior to his time in the Galesburg area, Blue was an assistant at East Moline United Township High School from 1999-2002, aiding the Panthers’ boys track teams, as well as the boys and girls, cross country programs. He also spent time as a coach at the elementary level in the Rock Island/Milan School District.

An accomplished runner in his own right, Blue held the 400-meter record at GHS for 20 years and finished 10th in the event at the 1976 state meet. He also helped set school records in the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 during his high school career and was inducted into the GHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Assistant Coaches

Anastasia Beetler, Gene Beetler, Dylan Brooks, Cameron Woodbury