XC/Track Camp Staff

Jim Vahrenkamp

Jim Vahrenkamp

Title: Director of Cross Country and Track and Field

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Vahrenkamp enters his fourth season with the Royals after three successful years rebuilding the cross country and track & field programs. In cross country the men captured a bid to the 2014 NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Ky. while Catie Byrd captured the program’s first ever Individual Regional Champion. She then went on to finish 32nd at the NCAA championship where she was named All-American. Her finish was the highest finish for a female in program history.
 
On the track, Nikia Squire set new school records in the 60m earning her a birth at the NCAA Championships and at the USATF Indoor championships. Her appearance at the USATF championships was a first in program history. At the NCAA championships Squire captured All-American Status in the 60m dash and the Long Jump.
 
At the 2015 outdoor championships both the men and women captured conference championship titles, another first in program history. “I am so proud of what the men and women have accomplished this year. It has been pretty inspiring to see them come together and support one another at the conference championship. There were great performances across the board in all events and they showed the type of team effort that it takes to win championships this weekend,” said Vahrenkamp.
 
Vahrenkamp repeated as Southeast Regional Women’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year, and added to his collection the 2015 Southeast Regional Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year, as well as the 2015 SAC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year awards. Through his leadership the Royals have been awarded eight All-American honors, in the past three seasons.
 
Prior to Queens, Vahrenkamp spent three season with the Augustana College Vikings in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At Augustana, Vahrenkamp’s core responsibilities involved recruiting for both the men’s and women’s programs, assisting in budgeting and fundraising, monitoring academic success plans for both programs and assisting in meet administration at home events. As an assistant he was also in charge of coaching jumps, sprints, hurdles, and multi-events with the track and field teams.
 
While with the Vikings, Vahrenkamp had the opportunity to coach Adou Omot, the 2011 NCAA Division II 800 meter indoor and outdoor champion. At the close of the 2011 spring season the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Vahrenkamp the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts in just his second complete season with the Vikings.
 
Augustana’s most recent success came in the 2011 cross country season when the women were able capture the NCAA National Title. In 2010 the Viking men finished sixth, their highest finish ever in school history, while the women took seventh. In track the Viking women won the indoor Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship for the first time in school history before winning the outdoor title for the first time in 2011.
 
Prior to joining Augustana’s staff, Vahrenkamp was an assistant track and field coach for one year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Emory, Vahrenkamp coached throws, pole vault, high jump and multi-event athletes for both the indoor and outdoor teams. The Eagles snagged their first University Athletic Association Indoor Championship in 2009 and the coaching staff was recognized as Coaching Staff of the Year.
 
Before Emory, Vahrenkamp spent two seasons with the Coyotes of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. While there he helped the men’s indoor and women’s outdoor teams become North Central Conference Champions in 2007. In 2008 the women were indoor and outdoor NCC Champions. Vahrenkamp also spent three years at Rapid City Christian High School as the assistant track and field coach where he coached the state champion in the women’s 3200. Before joining the collegiate world of coaching Vahrenkamp was the 2001 South Dakota State Champion in 300-meter hurdles and in 2002 he became the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology school record holder in the pentathlon.
 
He then went on to attend the University of South Dakota where he was part of the North Central Conference Championship team during the 2005 indoor season and the 2006 indoor and outdoor seasons. He also became the 2005 NCC Champion in the pentathlon. The Coyotes finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2006. Vahrenkamp holds a bachelor‘s degree in education which he obtained from The U in 2006. He also received his master’s degree in history from there in 2008. In addition, he has earned the USTFCCCA Head Coaching Certification and a Certification in Sprints and Hurdles along with the Track and Field Technical Certification and the USATF Level One Track and Field Coaching Certification.

Tsehaye Baney

Tsehaye Baney

Title: Associate Head Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2817

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2014 was another good year for coach Baney and the distance squad. During the XC season the men and women’s teams showed marked improvements at the regional championships. The men’s team captured third place at the Southeast Regional Championship qualifying them for nationals. The women’s team just missed capturing a bid to the NCAA championship by placing fourth. Catie Byrd became the first regional champion in school history while Megan Wright finished second. Both ladies earned individual bids to the NCAA championships. Catie Byrd went on to become an All-American at Nationals by virtue of her 32nd place finish, becoming Queen’s highest individual finisher in program history.
 
During the 2014 indoor season coach Baney was named the USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. Felix Duchampt captured track athlete of the year by qualifying for the indoor national meet in the mile, 3k, 5k and distance medley relay.  During the outdoor season coach Baney again was named USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, this time for the women as Andrea Guerra captured USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Track Athlete of the Year honors.
 
During Baney’s three years at Queens she has coached 11 NCAA cross country national qualifiers and two cross country All-Americans. On the track, she has coached 23 national qualifiers and one junior national qualifier. During her time here both teams have improved in Cross Country and Track.

Baney handles all distance responsibilities; she came to Queen’s from East Carolina University where she spent four years as the assistant cross country track coach. The Pirate programs have been gradually improving over the past few years with Baney’s leadership, collecting both programs best finishes on the men’s and women’s side at the Conference USA Championships and NCAA Southeast Regional meets. 
 
Prior to joining the Pirate staff, Baney, spent five years as a student-athlete at UNC-Charlotte. The three-time cross country all-conference selection achieved her highest conference finish in 2006 when she crossed the line in 2nd place at the Atlantic-10 Conference Championship. Baney’s best finish in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship came at the end of her junior year, when she clocked a season and collegiate-best 6K time of 21:25.5.
 
Baney also displayed excellence on the track. She was a three-time conference champion in the steeplechase, as well as three-time all-conference participant in the 5k, a four-time NCAA Regional participant, four-time National Junior Qualifier, two-time NCAA National qualifier, and the Atlantic 10 record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In 2005, she qualified for the NCAA East Regional and was the C-USA Champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, posting a school-record time of 10:21.18 at the meet. Baney went on to finish 11th in the steeplechase at the NCAA East Regional in 2005. As a junior, Baney qualified for the highly competitive USA Track and Field Nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. A year later, she ran a career-best steeplechase time of 10:10, which was fast enough to rank her among the professional ranks. She met the qualifying standard for the Olympic Trials but missed the 24th and final spot by less than a half second with that time. She was also the UNC-Charlotte record holder in the indoor 5,000-meter run.
 
South East Region XC Championship Finish By Year
 
Men
2014 - 3rd, 31st at NCAA’s
2013 - 10th (Felix Duchampt individual qualifier - All-American)
2012 - No Team
 
Women
2014 - 4th (Catie Byrd - All-American, Meghan Wright individual Qualifier)
2013 - 10th
2012 - No Team (Mathilde Timboni individual qualifier)