W. 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 fifth season of cross country and their third season of track. The women's cross country team accomplished NCCAA Scholar Team Award for having over a 3.0 average team GPA, only .03 away from having the highest team GPA out of any team in the NCCAA. Coach Brooker also lead the Lady Rams to Nationals each of the first four seasons and looks to do so again this year. The Lady Rams look to continue to grow their track program this coming year as well.

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 running 1:54 for the 800 this spring and has run several road races in the mid 15's over the last several years.

John Bettis

John Bettis

  Assistant Coach/Chaplain
  E-mail: runningforthecross@gmail.com

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.