Mar 10, 2017

Bruin Earn Two All-Americans After Day One at Indoor Championships

A Winning Tradition

 
  • 5 Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • 8 Conference / District Coaches of the Year
  • 124 All-Americans (66 men, 58 women)
  • 7 Men's National Champions (5 NAIA, 2 NCAA)
  • 12 Women's National Champions (2 USTFF, 7 NAIA, 3 NCAA)
  • 38 Academic All-Americans (17 men, 21 women)
  • 1 Academic All-American of the Year (Ryan Chaney, 1997)
  • Three Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year (Irene Johnson - 2011, Joel Krebs - 2007, Michelle Forbes - 2004)
  • One Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year - Female Finalists (Jill Beals - 1992)
  • 1 Cascade Conference Men's Championship (1995)
  • 2 NAIA District Men's Championships (1979, 1980)
  • 12 NAIA Women's National Meets (4 Top 10 finishes)
  • 1 NAIA Women's District Championships (1992)
  • 1 NAIA Female Athlete of the Year (Nancy Rismiller, 1996)
  • 2 Women's Conference of Independent Colleges Championships (1979, 1980)
  • 1 Cascade Conference Women's Championship (1995)
 

NAPERVILL, Ill. --- It was an excellent day for the George Fox women's indoor track and field team, as the Bruins garnered two All-Americans and qualified two into Saturday's finals at the 2017 NCAA Division III Track & Field Indoor Championships.

Recap:
Asia Greene kicked the day off for the Bruins with the first event of the Championships. Greene jumped a mark of 19-05.25 to place second and earn her third straight Indoor All-American award. Her jump of 19-05.25 broke the George Fox Indoor record, which she set back in 2016 (19-02.75). The jump also came on her last attempt and fell just one inch to Alexa Wandy of Suny Geneseo, who took first place.

"Asia started the meet off with scraping out a jump to make it into finals, and then finally hit the board on her sixth and final jump to catapult into 2nd place," said head coach John Smith. "Despite not being her smoothest performance, she competed like only she does and kept believing.  I am so proud of her efforts and the way she closed the chapter on her indoor career, and big things are to come outdoor season."

Annie Wright also earned All-American status with a fifth place finish in the women's indoor pentathlon. Her best event came in the women's shot put, where she hurled a new George Fox indoor record of 41-10.50. She won the women's shot put by five feet. Wright finished 14th in the 60m hurdles, 16th in the high jump, first in the shot put, 10th in the long jump and fifth in the 800m. She finished the five events with 3,353 points, while contributing four points to George Fox's team score. Wright is now third All-Time in the women's pentathlon at George Fox.

"Annie was right about her average the first two events and then she exploded with a huge shot throw," explained Smith. "When it got down to the 800m, I knew she would run well and hold on, and she was rock solid.  What a great showing for her first indoor national appearance, she will be even more of a force outdoors in the heptathlon. "

Rachael Kraske blitzed her competition in the 60m hurdles with the fastest time in all three heats. The senior posted an 8.69 to earn the top spot heading into the finals Saturday. Finals will start at 10:35a.m. (PST). The Top 8 earn All-American status.

"Rachael ran a great preliminary race and shows that she is in top form with the No. 1 seed for the finals," said Smith. "She is a champion and we know she will give her best effort tomorrow in the final."

Sarah King came up big in the women's 400m with a time of 56.38 to take fifth in the prelims. She will compete in the finals Saturday at 11:05a.m. (PST).

"Sarah motored around the track with ease in the 400 and positioned herself to run for a podium spot tomorrow," said Smith. "I think we could see something amazing tomorrow, she is so explosive and fit right now."

With Kraske and King set to compete in the finals tomorrow, Dakota Buhler and Jacoby Wolfe are also set to make an appearance. Buhler will compete in the triple jump at 7a.m. (PST), while Wolfe is set to compete in the high jump at 7a.m. (PST).