May 25, 2017

NCAA T&F Championships: Bruins Earn One National Champion and Three All-Americans After Day One

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)
 

GENEVA, Ohio --- It was quite the day for the George Fox track and field team, as the Bruins came away with one National Champion, three All-Americans and a day one first place finish for the men's team at the 2017 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships.

Recap:
After the first day of the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships, the Bruin men lead the field of 58 teams with 15 points. Thanks in part to the efforts from Seth Nonnenmacher and Caleb Dalzell. The pair combined for all 15 points, as Nonnenmacher collected 10 points and Dalzell grabbed five.

It was worth the wait for Nonnenmacher Thursday, as the Bruins' hurler competed in the second to last event in the first day of the championships. Nonnenmacher came in to the men's javelin with the second-best mark in the nation at 226-9, which was the George Fox school record. After his first four attempts, Nonnenmacher was holding firm at fourth place.

His fifth attempt boosted him to the top spot with a throw of 224-0 – giving him a cushion of almost 10 feet going into the final attempt. His sixth and final attempt was the cherry on top, as the junior broke his old school record and the Spire Institute Stadium record with a throw of 227-01. He becomes the third National Champion at George Fox in the men's javelin (Joel Krebs, 2007; Matt Gassaway, 2004). He also comes away with his third straight All-American honor.

"Seth had an outstanding javelin performance," said head coach John Smith. "It wasn't his easiest day of throwing, but coach Gabe Haberly kept his head in the game and Seth launched a couple throws in rounds five and six that nobody else was able to touch. Nobody has worked harder and we couldn't be more proud of Seth."

Caleb Dalzell also had a stellar day on the men's side, with a fourth place finish in the discus. He earned All-American honors for the first time in his young career with a throw of 161-05. That wasn't the only honor he earned on the day, as he was announced as a CoSIDA Academic All-District winner before competition. He became a first-team recipient for District 8 after posting a 3.90 GPA in biology. He is now in the running for CoSIDA Academic All-American.

"We had a great start to Day One with Caleb Dalzell placing 4th in the discus in his first national appearance," said Smith. "He wasn't even ranked to make the final, so he performed well above expectation and he is going to be back next year to chase the national title."

Asia Greene became the third Bruin to earn All-American honors on the day with a fourth place finish in the women's long jump. She earns her sixth career All-American honor as a Bruin. Her jump of 19-00.50 came on her first attempt to receive her third straight outdoor All-American award.

"Asia closed out an amazing career with a fourth place finish," added Smith. I know she wanted more than that, but at the end of the day, she is one of the most decorated athletes and record holders in George Fox history, and she will be greatly missed."

Annie Wright is in a great spot after day one of the women's heptathlon with 2,800 points. She is currently in fourth after competing in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m. Her best events were the shot put and the 200m. She won the shot put with a throw of 40-03.25 and came in second in the 200m with a time of 25.82. Her final day starts Friday, May 26, with three events left (long jump, javelin, 800m).

"Annie is on a roll with her first day of the hep, posting two personal bests and gaining points on the field ranked ahead of her," explained Smith. "I am pretty excited to see what she has in store for day two, things look extremely positive and she is hungry for a top spot."

Sarah King qualified for the finals in the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.72. Her fate will wait until Saturday, May 27, with the start time at 11:15pm (PST).

Both John Koch and Alex Canchola competed in the men's decathlon. After five events, Koch is in 18th and Canchola is in 20th. The final five events will take place Friday, May 26.

Schedule of Events
Friday, May 26
Annie Wright – Heptathlon (Long Jump, Javelin, 800m)
Chris Polk – 400m (Prelims)
Jacoby Wolfe – High Jump
Alex Canchola – Decathlon (100m hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 1500m)
John Koch – Decathlon (100m hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 1500m)

Saturday, May 27
Sarah King – 400m Hurdles
Dakota Buhler – Triple Jump