M. Cross Country/Track

Jud Brooker

Jud Brooker

  Head Coach
  E-mail: jbrooker@ciu.edu
  Office Phone: 803-807-5250

Judson “Jud” Brooker came to Columbia International University from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio where he served as the assistant cross country coach from 2009-2011.

CIU enters into their fourth season of cross country and second year of track. The men's cross country team accomplished NCCAA Scholar Team Award for having over a 3.0 average team GPA. Coach Brooker lead the Rams to a 34th place finish at NCCAA Championships in their first year.

Brooker was a track and cross country standout as a student at Cedarville University where he majored in Physical Education. Brooker was a two-year captain of the track and cross country team, a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Champion and multiple times All-American, an American Mideastern Conference Champion in Track as well as First Team performer in cross country and track, and qualified nine times for the NAIA championships in cross country and track earning All-American honors in 2008.

Brooker still competes at a high level locally winning the Palmetto Half Marathon in 2012 and the Governors Cup 8k the past two years.

John Bettis

John Bettis

  Assistant Coach

John "Chap" Bettis begins his first season with the Rams in 2015.

No stranger to campus, he is the assistant track coach at Ben Lippen and in the MDiv chaplaincy program here at CIU.

Bettis is a multi-sport athlete who competed at Brookland-Cayce High School in both football and track. A four-time region champion in shotput and an Upper State top three finisher, he completed his undergraduate work at Newberry College. Bettis was a four-year letterman for the Indians.

Travis Nichols

Travis Nichols

  Chaplain/Assistant Coach

Travis joins the cross country coaching staff in 2015 as assistant coach and team chaplain.

Travis started competing in cross country and track at 13 years old in Willis, Texas. During his freshman year in HS, he was the only athlete in his school to make a varsity sport and letter. He is a 4 time state qualifier in Cross Country and qualified for the state meet in track (2 mile) while a senior at Cooper City HS (FLA). He competed at Warner University (NAIA) and was the number 4 runner on his team. He holds personal bests of 4:29 (1600), 9:46 (3200), 15:59 (5k), and 26:41 (8k).

Travis is also a youth pastor and plans on finishing seminary (MDIV) at CIU. He still competes at a local level and has a goal of getting back in to the 15 minute range for the 5k and qualify for Boston Marathon.

Travis makes his residence in Chapin.