Sep 01, 2017

Cross Country 2017 Season Preview

A Winning Tradition

 
  • 8 NAIA Men's National Meets (5 Top 10 finishes)
  • 5 NAIA District Men's Championships (1977, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
  • 1 NCCAA Women's National Championship (1988)
  • 9 NAIA Women's National Meets (6 Top 10 finishes)
  • 6 NAIA Women's District Championships (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 1 Cascade Conference Women's Championship (1994)
  • 2 NAIA Region Coaches of the Year
  • 10 Conference / District Coaches of the Year
  • 23 All-Americans (6 men, 17 women)
  • 53 Academic All-Americans (18 men, 35 women)
 

NEWBERG, Ore. – The 2017 men's and women's cross country season is bringing high aspirations and a load of excitement. Both teams figure to fare well not only in the conference but in the West Region as the Bruins look to bundle health, depth and young talent to make a run at conference titles.

Greater depth and front-end talent have head coach Randy Dalzell excited about his 2017 rosters. Both teams return experienced, skillful runners to go along with impactful recruiting classes.

"We will have a lot more depth this season on both the men's team and women's team," Dalzell said.

The men's team welcomes freshmen Jack Ammon and Timothy Kaelin, both of whom Dalzell says can crack the top seven given their impressive high school times.

Experience looks to be the Bruins' forte as they return seniors Christian Parr and Colin Atchison, juniors Joshua Meyer and Spencer Elmore and sophomore Brendon Henkel, each of whom impressed Dalzell with their performances during the spring track campaign.

The women will turn to first-year cross country runner, Maci Jokumsen, to be their lead runner in 2017. Jokumsen, a junior, performed at a high level for the women's track team in the spring and will be joined by seniors Rachel Gibbs and Kayla Moore along with sophomore Samantha McKibbon to bolster a top seven that Dalzell feels can be successful in both the Northwest Conference and the West Region.

"This may finally be the year the ladies catch up to the guys in depth and front-end talent," he said.

The women's roster is expected to be competitive with the addition of a handful of freshmen runners. Rianna Comery, Maylie Schreck, Anna Land, Sarah Henry and Helena Ducusin all have the chance to break into the top seven and give the women's team more depth, having impressed Dalzell with their past race times.

With the pieces in place and the men and women healthy and ready to go, the Bruins feel that their goals of competing for Northwest Conference titles and placing themselves in the top 10 in the West Region are very attainable.