Greensboro, N.C. (10/2/06) -- Guilford College's Chris Barnette received the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's (ODAC) Offensive Football Player of the Week Award and the Quakers' Noah Mace won the league's Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week prize, the league announced Monday. Mace also won Guilford's Student-Athlete of the Week prize, which is sponsored by the school's student-athlete advisory committee.
A 6-0, 190-pound senior receiver, Barnette caught 12 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in Saturday's 36-30 double-overtime win over crosstown-rival Greensboro College in the 10th Annual Gate City Soup Bowl Game. He also caught a five-yard touchdown and recovered a fumble in the Quakers' victory. The leading receiver in NCAA Division III through games of Sept. 23, Barnette has caught at least 10 passes in each of his last seven games, dating back to last season. He has a league-leading 59 receptions for 577 yards and seven touchdowns through five contests. With a school record 231 career catches, the preseason All-American needs 460 receiving yards and six touchdown catches to set the Guilford's career standards.
Barnette has helped coach Kevin Kiesel's Quakers to a 3-2 overall record (0-1 ODAC) through the first half of the season. Guilford's offense led NCAA Division III in total offensive yards through games of Sept. 23. The Quakers host six-time defending ODAC champion Bridgewater Oct. 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Mace, a 6-0, 155-pound sophomore, placed ninth among 159 runners at the Greensboro Cross Country Invitational Sept. 30 at Hagan-Stone Park in Pleasant Garden Saturday. He finished second among Division III contestants and completed the eight-kilometer course in a school-record time of 27 minutes, 40.3 seconds to break his own record of 28:29 set Sept. 2. Mace has Guilford's best finish in four of five events this season and earned college division all-state recognition by placing seventh at the Old North State Championships Sept. 23.
Mace helped coach Jamie LaFollette's Quakers to fourth place among 14 college-division teams at the Greensboro Invitational. Guilford received a trophy as the top Division III squad in the meet. The harriers run in the Hagan-Stone Classic Oct. 7.
Guilford's SAAC is comprised of representatives from each of the school's 16 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among student-athletes and non-student-athletes on the campus. Other recent Guilford SAAC activities include a canned-food drive to benefit local charities and dodgeball competitions among representatives from Guilford's administration and athletic teams.