NWC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Kraske, Smith Earn Weekly Track & Field Honors; 7 HM’s

Rachael Kraske

NEWBERG, Ore. – With nation-leading marks in the women’s 400 meter dash and the men’s decathlon respectively, George Fox University’s Rachael Kraske and Ezekiel Smith have been named the Northwest Conference Women’s Track and Men’s Field Student-Athletes of the Week for Mar. 10-16, with seven other Bruins receiving  honorable mention for other sports.

 

Kraske, a junior from Omak, Wash., won the 400 at the Saints Open at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., on Mar. 15 with a time of 57.70.  Her mark is the No. 1 time in the NCAA Division III this season and in the Northwest Conference, and ties her for the sixth-best time in George Fox history.  She was honorable mention for NWC honors last week when she also set a nation and conference-leading mark in the 100 meter hurdles with a 14.96 in the Rich Allen Classic on Mar. 8, which is the seventh-best time in Bruins annals.  She is also among the national and conference leaders in the 4x100 meter relay with a 49.27 (1st in the NWC, 4th nationally) and the 4x400 meter relay with a 4:06.65 (2nd in the NWC, 7th nationally).

 
Ezekiel Smith
 

Smith, a senior from Seaside, Ore., scored 6,138 points in the decathlon at Pacific’s Boxer Combined Events on Mar. 13-14 in Forest Grove, Ore., using solid efforts in the field events to build a score that ranks No. 1 in the nation.  He won the long jump (20-7.75 / 6.29m), came in second in the shot put (38-8.75 / 11.80m), third in the discus (114-6 / 34.90m), fourth in the pole vault (12-9.5 / 3.90m), tied for sixth in the high jump (5-6.5 / 1.69m), and was seventh in the javelin (131-6 / 40.08m).  He is 16th nationally in the pole vault, 25th in the discus, and 35th in the high jump.  He also won the 100 (11.47) and 400 meter dashes (50.91), and was third in the 1,500 meter run (4:51.46) and fourth in the 110 meter hurdles (17.03). 

 

Kyle Dreibelbis

Sierra Robertson

Allyssa DenDekker

Amanda Woods
 

Kyle Dreibelbis, a senior from McMinnville, Ore., was honorable mention for NWC Men’s Track honors.  He won the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Saints Open with a time of 9:59.50, which ranks second in the conference and 10th in the nation.  He is 12th in the conference and 41st nationally in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:08.31.

 

Sierra Robertson, a freshman from Portland, Ore., was honorable mention for NWC Women’s Field honors.  She won the pole vault at the Saints Open by clearing the bar at 10-11.5 / 3.34m, which leads the conference, ranks fifth in the nation and also stands fifth on the all-time George Fox list.  She was also honorable mention for NWC Field honors for Feb. 24-Mar. 2.

 

Allyssa DenDekker, a senior right-hander from Upland, Calif., was honorable mention for NWC Softball Pitching honors.  She picked up the win in probably the Bruins’ biggest win in a decade, a 2-0 victory at 11th-ranked and 10-time defending NWC champion Linfield on Mar. 16 which ended a 52-game Bruin losing streak to their Yamhill County rivals.  She tossed 6.1 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits with a strikeout and a walk, before Erin Hento got the last two outs for the save.  On Mar. 15, she lost a tough 3-0 game vs. Willamette in which she allowed 8 hits and 3 runs, 2 earned, in 7 innings, with 3 strikeouts and 5 walks.  For the week, she was 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA, allowed 14 hits in 13.1 innings, and struck out 4 with 6 walks.  She was NWC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 10-16 and honorable mention for Feb. 24-Mar. 2.

 

Amanda Woods, a sophomore first baseman from Pe Ell, Wash., was honorable mention for NWC Position Player honors.  She batted .412 (7-17) as the Bruins went 2-3 during the week with a double, a run scored, a .444 on base pct. and a .471 slugging pct.  She also had 40 putouts and 3 assists with only one error for a .977 fielding average at first.  She had three multi-hit games, going 2-3 with a double in a 6-2 win over Lewis & Clark on Mar. 12, 3-4 with a run in a 9-1 first-game loss to Willamette on Mar. 15, and 2-3 in the Bruins’ second-game 2-0 win at 11th-ranked Linfield on Mar. 16.

 

Tom Zarosinski

Derek Dixon

Chris Lilley

Sydney Maluenda
 

Tom Zarosinski, a junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., was honorable mention for NWC Baseball Pitching honors.  He threw a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Pacific on Mar. 10, striking out 12 with 3 walks and 3 runners picked off base.  He took a no-decision in the Bruins’ 3-2 11-inning loss at Willamette on Mar. 16, working 7.2 innings while allowing 7 hits and 2 runs, with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks.  For the week, he was 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA, 9 hits and 2 runs allowed in 16.2 innings, 16 strikeouts and 6 walks.  He was NWC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 10-16, and honorable mention for Feb. 3-9.

 

Derek Dixon, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., was honorable mention for NWC Baseball Position Player honors.  He batted .412 (7-17) in the Bruins’ 1-3 week, with a double, two home runs, 4 runs scored, 5 RBIs, a .444 on base pct. and a .824 slugging pct.  He had multiple hits in all three games at Willamette, going 2-4 in an 8-2 first-game loss on Mar. 15, 3-5 in an 11-9 second-game loss, and 2-5 in a 3-2 11-inning loss on Mar. 16.  He doubled and drove in a run in the first Willamette game, slugged two home runs with 3 runs scored and 4 RBIs in the second, and scored a run in the third.  He was NWC Player of the Week for Feb. 24-Mar. 2, also receiving honorable mention for NCBWA D-III National Hitter of the Week, and was honorable mention for NWC honors for Feb. 17-23.

 

Chris Lilley, a sophomore from Bellevue, Wash., was honorable mention for NWC Men’s Tennis honors for the second week in a row.  In the Bruins’ only match of the week, a 6-3 win over Hardin-Simmons in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Mar. 11, he and Justin McClain rallied from a 7-4 deficit to defeat the Cowboys’ Erich Bein and Michael McCullough 9-8 at No. 1 doubles.  He then posted a 7-5, 6-2 win over McCullough at No. 2 singles.  He was also honorable mention for NWC tennis honors for Feb. 17-23.

 

Sydney Maluenda, a freshman from Ewa Beach, Hawai’i, likely would have been NWC Women’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Week, but there was no selection as the Bruins were the only conference team in action during the week.  She won the George Fox Westbrook Invitational on Mar. 14-15 by two strokes with a score of 76-71=147 on the par-71, 5,951-yard Westbrook Village Golf Course in Peoria, Ariz.  Her efforts helped George Fox to second place in the tournament, which fielded five top-25 teams out of the six entered.  The 14th-ranked Bruins finished one shot behind 2nd-ranked Washington-St. Louis, 622 to 623.

3:30 PM April 02
Men's Tennis
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
6:00 PM April 02
Women's Lacrosse
at Pacific (Ore.)
April 03
Track & Field
at San Francisco State University Distance Carnival
April 03
Men's Golf
2015 Whitman College Invitational
@ Wine Valley Golf Course
12:00 PM April 03
Softball
vs. Whitworth
12:00 PM April 03
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
2:00 PM April 03
Softball
vs. Whitworth
2:00 PM April 03
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
3:30 PM April 03
Women's Tennis
at Pacific (Ore.)
April 04
Track & Field
at Stanford Invitational
April 04
Track & Field
at Linfield Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational
April 04
Men's Golf
2015 Whitman College Invitational
@ Wine Valley Golf Course
11:00 AM April 04
Women's Tennis
vs. Willamette
12:00 PM April 04
Softball
vs. Whitworth
12:00 PM April 04
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
12:00 PM April 04
Women's Lacrosse
at Linfield
1:00 PM April 04
Men's Tennis
vs. Willamette
2:00 PM April 04
Softball
vs. Whitworth
3:30 PM April 07
Baseball
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
5:00 PM April 08
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
April 11
Track & Field
Pacific Luau
@ Pacific University
April 11
Women's Golf
Northwest Conference Spring Classic
@ Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Tacoma, Wash.
April 11
Men's Golf
Spring Classic
@ Olympia CC, Olympia, Wash.
11:00 AM April 11
Women's Tennis
vs. Lewis & Clark
11:00 AM April 11
Men's Tennis
at Lewis & Clark
12:00 PM April 11
Softball
at Puget Sound
12:00 PM April 11
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
2:00 PM April 11
Softball
at Puget Sound
3:00 PM April 11
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
April 12
Women's Golf
Northwest Conference Spring Classic
@ Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Tacoma, Wash.
April 12
Men's Golf
Spring Classic
@ Olympia CC, Olympia, Wash.
12:00 PM April 12
Softball
at Pacific Lutheran
12:00 PM April 12
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
12:00 PM April 12
Women's Tennis
vs. Linfield
1:00 PM April 12
Women's Lacrosse
at Puget Sound
1:00 PM April 12
Men's Tennis
at Linfield
2:00 PM April 12
Softball
at Pacific Lutheran
April 13
Track & Field
at NWC Multis
April 14
Track & Field
at NWC Multis
April 18
Track & Field
at Pio Open, Lewis & Clark
April 18
Men's Golf
Spring Thaw
@ Broken Top Golf Course, Bend, Ore.
12:00 PM April 18
Softball
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
12:00 PM April 18
Baseball
vs. Linfield
2:00 PM April 18
Softball
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
2:00 PM April 18
Men's Tennis
at California-Santa Cruz
3:00 PM April 18
Baseball
vs. Linfield
Final March 29
Softball
W, 6-5 vs. Linfield
Final - 5 innings March 29
Softball
W, 10-2 vs. Linfield
Final March 29
Baseball
L, 7-4 at Pacific Lutheran
March 29
Women's Golf
1st of 7 UCSC Invitational
@ Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove, Calif.
Final March 28
Baseball
W, 9-3 at Pacific Lutheran
Final March 28
Softball
W, 10-9 at Willamette
Final - 8 innings March 28
Softball
L, 3-2 at Willamette
Final March 28
Baseball
L, 2-1 at Pacific Lutheran
March 28
Track & Field
Final at Point Loma
March 28
Women's Golf
1st of 7 UCSC Invitational
@ Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove, Calif.
Final March 26
Women's Lacrosse
L, 11-8 vs. Oberlin
Final March 25
Softball
W, 6-5 at Schreiner
Final March 25
Softball
W, 5-0 at Schreiner
Final March 24
Men's Tennis
L, 5-4 vs. Rensselaer
Final March 24
Softball
W, 6-2 at Concordia (Texas)
Final March 24
Softball
W, 4-0 at Concordia (Texas)
Final March 24
Men's Tennis
L, 5-4 at Chapman
March 24
Men's Golf
15th of 15 West Cup
@ Beaumont, Calif.
Final March 23
Women's Tennis
L, 5-3 vs. Wis.-Eau Claire
@ Hilton Head, SC
Spring Break Tournament
March 23
Men's Golf
14th of 15 West Cup
@ Beaumont, Calif.
Final March 22
Softball
W, 7-5 at Trinity (Texas)
Final March 22
Softball
W, 6-1 at Trinity (Texas)
Final March 22
Women's Tennis
W, 9-0 vs. Elmhurst
@ Hilton Head, SC
Spring Break Tournament
Final March 22
Baseball
W, 6-1 at Chapman
Final March 21
Women's Basketball
L, 83-63 vs. Thomas More
@ Grand Rapids, Mich. (Calvin College)
NCAA Tournament Championship Game
Final March 21
Baseball
L, 8-6 at Chapman
Final March 21
Baseball
L, 8-2 at Chapman
Final March 21
Men's Tennis
L, 6-3 at Vassar
March 21
Track & Field
Final at Westmont
March 21
Track & Field
Final at Lewis & Clark Spring Break Invitational
Final March 20
Women's Basketball
W, 70-58 vs. Montclair St.
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Final Four
Final March 20
Men's Tennis
W, 7-2 at Occidental
Final March 20
Baseball
L, 4-1 at Chapman
March 20
Track & Field
Final at Westmont Multis
Final March 19
Women's Lacrosse
W, 18-5 vs. Augsburg
Cancelled March 19
Women's Tennis
vs. Scranton
@ Hilton Head, S.C.
March 19
Track & Field
Final at Westmont Multis
Final March 18
Men's Tennis
W, 7-2 vs. Ozarks (AR)
Final March 18
Women's Lacrosse
W, 16-6 vs. Calvin
Final March 18
Baseball
L, 11-8 at Corban
Final March 16
Women's Tennis
L, 5-4 vs. Schreiner
Final March 16
Baseball
W, 4-0 vs. Whitman
Final March 16
Women's Lacrosse
W, 15-9 at Whitman
Final March 16
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Schreiner
Final March 16
Baseball
L, 3-2 vs. Whitman
Final March 15
Baseball
W, 6-5 vs. Whitman
Final - 8 innings March 15
Softball
L, 8-7 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 15
Softball
W, 6-4 at Lewis & Clark
March 15
Women's Golf
1st of 7 George Fox Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village, Peoria, Ariz.
March 15
Men's Golf
5 of 7 Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Heron Lakes GC, Portland Ore.
Final - 2OT March 14
Women's Lacrosse
L, 13-12 vs. Whittier
Final March 14
Women's Basketball
W, 78-63 vs. Calvin
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Elite 8
Final March 14
Women's Tennis
W, 6-3 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
March 14
Track & Field
Final at Indoor Nationals
March 14
Track & Field
Final Saints Open
@ Mt. Hood CC
March 14
Women's Golf
1st of 7 George Fox Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village, Peoria, Ariz.
March 14
Men's Golf
5 of 7 Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Heron Lakes GC, Portland Ore.
Final - 5 innings March 13
Softball
W, 11-3 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 13
Men's Tennis
L, 7-2 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final - 5 innings March 13
Softball
W, 13-2 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 13
Women's Basketball
W, 77-73 vs. Texas-Dallas
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
March 13
Track & Field
Final at Indoor Nationals
Final March 12
Women's Lacrosse
W, 17-11 vs. Ohio Wesleyan