Simpson University Men’s Cross-Country Signs Three for 2014

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University men’s cross-country program announces the signing of three Redding-area student-athletes for the 2014 season: Tony Meredeth, Joey Belknap, and Austin Hunt.

Tony MeredithMeredeth is transferring to Simpson from Shasta College, where he was the track and cross-country team captain. During his senior year of high school, he was the two-mile section champion for track and the Eastern Athletic League Champion for cross-country. In college, he was the Golden Valley Conference (GVC) two-time 10k champion and a one-time 5k champion. He was also the GVC cross-country champion two years in a row. He plans to major in psychology and desires a career in law enforcement.

"Tony is one of the best runners we have recruited into our program,” said head men’s and women’s cross-country coach Ben Gurczynski. “He is a hard worker and has not reached his full potential. I am certain that he will be one of our top runners in the fall.”

Joey BelknapBelknap attended Redding Christian School where he graduated with high honors and lettered in cross-country and track. He received the Mighty in Spirit Award and the Insight & Excellence Award. He was a league champion in the 800m and 3200m races. He plans to major in business.

"Joey ran really well for Redding Christian, and I am excited to see what he can do training with a full team,” Gurczynski said. “My guess is that he is going to be one of the top freshman runners in the Cal Pac."

Austin HuntHunt attended Foothill High School in Palo Cedro and graduated with a 3.0 GPA. He was a member of the varsity track team for four seasons and placed highly in league, division, and section races. He plans to major in business.

“Austin ran very well at Foothill,” Gurczynski said. “He was their top distance runner his senior year, and I expect him to be in our top seven runners this fall.”


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