The BJU Bruins have added four National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II titles to their ledger with championships in men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and men’s soccer.
BJU, who competes in 13 men’s and women’s sports, has accrued 19 national championships in its 10 years of intercollegiate athletics. The women’s soccer team will seek to add to the total this week in the Division I tournament in Florida.
The volleyball team earned its fourth straight Division II title and compiled a 31-7 record over the season.
“What a great way to end our season,” coach Vickie Denny said. “These girls stepped up big in the past two weeks and we thank God for showing favor on our team. This will always be a special national title because of what God did in us and for us. He gets the glory!”
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The men’s cross country team recorded its sixth consecutive Division II title. Douglas Stone and Sol Shafer placed in the top five in the 8k race.
Sarah Alferink broke the school record in winning the race as the Bruins women’s cross country team claimed its second consecutive national title. In a field of 63 competitors, the Bruins placed four runners in the top 10.
Alferink covered the hilly 5k course in 19 minutes, 26.64 seconds. Nicole Fox, Margaret Snyder and Leisl Heinz also finished in the top 10.
First-year cross country head coach Ken Roach was named Division II coach of the year.
The Bruins men’s soccer team captured the Division II South Region championship and went on to win the national title for the first time in program history. Victor Oladipo scored the game-winner in the 81st minute as BJU defeated 2020 champion Randall University. The Bruins, who also won the national title in 2016, completed a 17-2-2 season.
“We made history. We made lifelong memories, and most importantly we got the job done,” first-year head coach Greg Fulton said. “Congratulations Bruin Nation! Soli Deo Gloria.”