Mar 20, 2014

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

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.