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Men's & Women's XC - Thu, Nov. 14, 2013
Lacey Heaver and Cullen Andersen become the newest members to the women's and men's cross country teams.
Lacey Heaver and Cullen Andersen become the newest members to the women's and men's cross country teams.

ELGIN, Ill. – The men's and women's cross country teams have much for which to be excited. The women's team is having arguably one of the best in program's history; while the men's team continues to build upon a strong foundation.


Both teams received upgrades with a pair of signing by first year cross country coach, Tim Ciochon, earlier this week.


Lacey Heaver, a member of the upcoming 2014 graduation class of Woodstock High School and Cullen Andersen of Woodstock North High School made it official to become the latest Eagles.


Heaver comes to Judson with a strong background in running in both cross country and track and field. The Woodstock product has been running since her eighth grade year and said she was "forced to run" cross country as a freshman in high school; but soon discovered her love of running.


"As that season progressed I learned how much I loved running," said Heaver. "Ever since running has become a big part of my life."


"Lacey comes at a very opportune time," said Ciochon. "To get to the next level as a women's program it is important to build substantial depth around our current 4-6 runners. Lacey is a perfect fit to step in and provide some great depth here.


"She understands the work that it takes to get to the next level and has a great passion for the sport. I am convinced she will be an impact runner right away with definite plans to improve over her four years."


Cullen Andersen augments the men's team as he is in the middle of a very successful senior high school season. The Woodstock North product has informed us that he is moving on to sectionals.


"Cullen is precisely the type of guy we are looking for," said Ciochon of his latest signing. "He is driven, talented, hard-working and a great fit for our team and Judson University as a whole. Look for Cullen to come in and make an immediate impact in our top seven."


Andersen said he enjoys much more than the competitions of running, but more so the environment it provides.


"My dad originally got me into cross country because he did it in high school and enjoyed the experience," said Andersen. "I stuck with it because I loved the atmosphere and the family like feel of the team. Everyone always hangs out together has a good time and watches each other's back."


The current men's and women's cross country teams will be competing in the NCCAA Championships this weekend, Nov. 16 held in Cedarville, Ohio.