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Head Coach
5th Season

Joel Popenfoose enters his third season as Head Coach of the Men’s & Women’s Track and Field program.  In his first two years the Eagles made significant progress toward rewriting the program’s record book, establishing 26 new records.  Judson athletes set records at the C.C.A.C. conference level and earned 4 NCCAA All American honors in Popenfoose’s first two seasons.  During the 2014 indoor campaign Judson celebrated its first ever NAIA Women’s Track & Field All American on the strength of Jordan Wagner’s 6th place finish in the Women’s 800 meter dash.    


Eagle Track & Field athletes have also distinguished themselves in the classroom under Popenfoose’s leadership.  Cassandra Criminger was named the 2014 Judson Scholar Athlete of the year and the Women’s team was named an NAIA Scholar-Team during the 2013-2014 outdoor season.  In addition Eagle athletes have earned numerous awards on a national level including 6 Capital One Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards and 12 NCCAA Scholar Athlete the past two seasons.    


A Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School graduate and Indiana native, Popenfoose took over leadership of the Eagle program after spending the previous 9 years at Huntley High School.  At Huntley Popenfoose helped lead the Red Raiders to their first boy’s Track & Field Sectional, County, and Fox Valley Conference Titles and developed over 70 All Conference (Fox Valley) athletes, 30 state qualifiers, 6 All State athletes and 1 State Champion during his years.  He was a member of the Huntley football staff from 2000-2013 and his 2008 Red Raider Offensive line is in the IHSA record books for the second highest single game rushing total in IHSA history.  Popenfoose is a USATF Level I certified coach and a graduate of the USTFCCCA Technical Certification course.


Popenfoose is a long time resident of Huntley, founding Pastor of Westlake Community Church and Lead Pastor of Journey Church in Huntley.  He and his wife Kim have five children; Adam, Luke, Casey, Marcus, and Myra.  Adam is a U.S.M.C. veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a student finishing his college degree as is Myra.  Luke is in heaven.  Casey is a teacher and coach at Huntley High School and Marcus is a two time All American in track and field at Auburn University.  Marcus has recently joined the Judson Track & Field staff as Throws coach. 

2017-18 Women's T&F Roster
Roster for 2017-18 Women's T&F Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
Elizabeth BakerSO Braidwood, ILReed-Custer High School
Chloe BurkhartSO Elgin, ILElgin High School
Anali CisnerosSO Elgin, ILElgin High School
Nayeli CisnerosFR Elgin, ILElgin High School
Alexus DiazJR Maroa, ILMaroa-Forsyth High School
Nicolette DobsonFR Carpentersville, IL Jacobs High School
Jennifer DonnellSR Schaumburg, ILConant High School
Susanna FinleySR Rockford, ILEast High School (Rockford)
Lacey HeaverSR Woodstock, ILWoodstock High School
Savannah HennSR Huntley, ILHuntley High School
Isabel HindtFR Chisago City, MNChisago Lakes High School
Rosa JuarezFR Elgin, ILLarkin High School
Marie MayerFR Hampshire, ILHampshire High School
Krysta NavarroSR Oswego, ILOswego High School
Alexis NguyenFR Pingree Grove, ILHampshire High School
Lindsey RodigJR Carpentersville, ILJacobs High School
Rachel SmithFR Lynn Center, ILSherrard High School
Christyanne WheelerSO Ramsey, ILFirst Baptist Christian Academy
Joel Popenfoose - Head Coach - 5th season
Bisrat Kidane - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Jeff Zoellick - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Kilee Hoffman - Grad Assistant - 2nd season
D.J. Wolfram - Grad Assistant - 1st season
Alexis Tesch - Manager - 1st season