May 26, 2018

Women's Team Claims National Championship at T&F Outdoor Championships

A Winning Tradition

 
  • 6 Northwest Conference Championships - Women (2000, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)
  • 1 Northwest Conference Championship - Men (2017)
  • 10 Conference / District Coaches of the Year
  • 130 All-Americans (68 men, 62 women)
  • 8 Men's National Champions (5 NAIA, 3 NCAA)
  • 13 Women's National Champions (2 USTFF, 7 NAIA, 4 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)
 

LA CROSSE --- The George Fox track and field team closed out the final day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in fashion, as the women's team claimed its first-ever NCAA Div. III Co-Championship Title.

Recap:

This marks the first women's title in the track and field program and the third National Championship in the school's history (baseball, 2004; women's basketball, 2009). The women's team finished tied with UMass Boston with 44 points and the two will share the Co-Championship Title. The men made a valiant effort as well, finishing tied for seventh with 23 points to tie their highest finish at the NCAA event. 

To go along with the strong team finishes, the Bruins were on fire in the final day. George Fox capped off its historic performance at the Outdoor Championships with a first-ever National Championship in the women's 4x100m relay and five podium medals. This brings the total to 10 podium finishes for the Bruins for the three-day event.

The women's 4x100m relay team made the most noise on the day, as Sarah King, Kennedy Taube, Sara Turner and Lis Larsen became the first relay team at George Fox to win a National Championship. The team of four blew away the competition with a time of 46.55. Their time breaks their own school record of 46.89.

The men's 4x100m relay team grabbed five points for the team standings with a fourth-place finish. Brock Rogers, Vernon Lott, Kenny May and Chris Polk ran a time of 40.83 to shatter their own George Fox school record.

Dakota Buhler added another medal to her already well-rounded trophy case with a fourth-place finish in the women's triple jump. Buhler finished with a mark of 39-03.25 to break the George Fox school record and grab her second All-American honor at the meet. She placed third in the women's long jump on the first day of competition.

Sarah King continued to help the Bruins in the women's team standings with a fourth-place finish in the women's 400m and a fifth-place finish in the women's 200m. She ran a time of 54.77 in the women's 400m, which was a second faster than the school record she set earlier this season. She went on to record a time of 24.88 in the women's 200m to give the Bruins an additional four points towards the standings. Kennedy Taube also raced in the women's 200m with a time of 25.34 to place ninth.

All-Americans

Dakota Buhler – third place (women's long jump), fourth place (women's triple jump)

Seth Nonnenmacher – National Champion (men's javelin)

Annie Wright – second place (heptathlon)

Alex Canchola – second place (decathlon)

Stacy Kozlowski – third place (women's high jump)

King, Taube, Turner, Larsen, Miller (A) – National Champion (women's 4x100m relay)

Rogers, Lott, May, Polk, Webb (A) – fourth place (men's 4x100m relay)

Sarah King – fourth place (women's 400m), fifth place (women's 200m)