Torres Takes Lead with Crimson Wave Cross Country/Track & Field Program
The Calumet College of St. Joseph athletic department announces the hire of Rick Torres
as its new head men’s and women’s cross country/track & field coach. Torres arrives to CCSJ after 12 years at Andrean High School where he served the same coaching position and Dean of Students for the private Catholic school in Merrillville, IN. Prior to his time at Andrean he has another decade of coaching experience within the sport of cross country/track & field at Bishop Noll High School in Hammond, IN.
“Coach Torres comes to CCSJ at a very opportune time and his extensive experience within the sport of cross country/track & field will provide our student-athletes with a continued quality collegiate experience while adding more professional depth to our athletic department,” states Athletic Director Peter Haze Haring.
Enthusiastically Torres says, “I want the student-athletes at CCSJ to know that I want to expand on the good things the previous two coaches have already set in place. My ultimate goal is to build a quality program where the student-athletes, upon completion of their academic and athletic careers, will leave knowing they exercised all of their God given talents while working through the obstacles to become better athletes, but more importantly, better people for the future.”
Torres becomes the sixth head coach for the Crimson Wave since the program’s inception in 2005. He will take over for Rachel Luehrs who is stepping down from the head coaching position to pursue her PhD. at the University of Iowa in Health and Human Physiology.
According to Haring, “Rachel provided a stable foundation for our cross country/track & field program during her short time with CCSJ. She is a strong young professional who has an opportunity to follow her career path and earn her doctorate from a great program at the University of Iowa. I wish her all the best success and grateful for her positive attitude and dedicate work ethic for our athletic department.”
During Coach Torres career he has prepared multiple teams, both men and women, to achieve high level of success within competition and in the classroom. In cross country he has led his teams to multiple conference, sectional, regional and semi-state championships while also reaching the IHSAA State Boys Finals in multiple occasions. The list of individual state qualifiers in boys and girls track & field is numerous. His female teams finished 3rd in the IHSAA State Finals in 1999 and in the following year the team had another impressive State Finals finish at 5th place overall.
Coach Torres continues to elaborate, “I have always aspired to coach at the collegiate level, the opportunity was there and it didn't take me long to accept this position especially after talking to Athletic Director Peter Haze Haring and President Lowery. They believe in me and I believe in their mission to continue to create an atmosphere where student-athletes come first. I also want to share my faith with those I will encounter as long as I am here. I am very excited about this opportunity and can't wait to get started with the cross country team in the fall along with all of the student-athletes in the track & field program.”
“Overall Coach Torres has a well-rounded philosophy that I feel will benefit our student-athletes greatly,” says Haring. He goes one to state, “CCSJ is very fortunate to have someone of Rick’s caliber. He is well respected within the cross country/track & field community and I believe he will make an immediate positive impact to our Crimson Wave program.”
Askew and Nolan Lead the Way
The Crimson Wave Track and Field Teams competed at the 2015 CCAC Track and Field Championships this weekend at Joliet Memorial Stadium in Joliet, IL.
The Crimson Wave men’s team finished 3rd overall and the ladies finished 7th overall in a highly competitive field.
The Crimson Wave’s meet was highlighted by Matt Stewart earning a trip to the 2015 NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships after hitting the “B” standard in the high jump with a jump of 6’8. Stewart’s jump was also good enough to win the meet.
Phil Thompson won the triple jump with a jump of 48’10. Thompson qualified for the 2015 NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier in the season.
Dwayne Dixon took a 3rd place finish in the 100m dash while 4x100 and 4x400 relay team finished 2nd and 3rd place.
Kimberly Bigbie took 6th place in the 100 m dash and Olivia Askew took 6th in the 200m dash. Zhane Nolan grabbed a 5th place finish for the ladies in the 100m hurdles.
Stewart, Thompson and Dixon all earned All-Conference honors with their performances. Blake Wallace, Joey Curtis, Aaron Murray and Dwayne Dickson earned All-Conference Honors for their finish in the 4x100 relay. Curtis Murray and Dickson earned All-Conference Honors in the 4x400 as well, along with Lathen Bendheim.
" I am extremely proud of how our men's and women's teams performed at the conference championship. The men's 3rd place finish was the best in school history and the women's 7th place finish was a good effort against very competitive and large programs. The success of both teams at this championship meet shows how hard they worked all season. We had the goal to walk into conference with our best foot forward and to improve on our results from past years, and we did just that. Exciting things to come for the crimson wave in future seasons."
Ladies Compete at Cougar Invite
The Crimson Wave women’s track and field team competed in the Cougar Invitational over the weekend. The women had a solid performance as they finished 9th out of 16 teams.
Olivia Askew broke the school record running 25.91 seconds in the 200m dash placing 5th overall. She also placed 4th in the 400m dash with a time of 1:01.42. The women’s 4x100m run placed 3rd overall with a time of 50.01.
“I am very proud of how both our men’s and women’s teams performed on Saturday. We are right where we need to be with our times and marks for this point in the season. I am excited to see our performances this weekend at the Crusader Invite as we have one last tune-up before the conference championship,” said Coach Luehrs.
The men will return to action on Saturday when they compete in the Crusader Invitational hosted by Valparaiso University.