Sep 16, 2017

Bruins Race at 2017 Sundodger Invitational

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)
 

SEATTLE, WASH. --- The George Fox men's and women's cross country teams competed in the 2017 Sundodger Invitational Saturday, as the men's team placed 14th and the women's team took home 10th.

Recap:

In the largest field of the season, the George Fox women's team was the in the middle of the pack at 10th in a field of 20 teams. The No. 8 Bruins in the west region scored 262 points to edge out notable names like Whitman, Pacific (Ore.), Lewis & Clark and Pacific Lutheran.

Simon Fraser won the Invitational with 42 points. There were 197 runners in the women's 6k.

Kayla Moore had a fantastic race with a time of 22:42.25 to record the highest finish for the Bruins at 34th overall and 30th in the point's total. Her time is a seven second personal best and moves her up to fourth All-Time at George Fox. Maci Jokumsen was next to cross the finish line with a time of 23:06.71 to finish 46th overall and 40th in the point's total. Jokumsen's time was good enough to move her into 13th All-Time at George Fox. Abby Bitzenburg finished 66th overall and 56th in the point's total with a time of 23.32.43 and is 17th All-Time at George Fox, while Rachel Gibbs was right behind her at 67th overall and 57th in the point's total, running a time of 23:32.56. The final scorer for the Bruins came from Samantha McKibbon, who ran a time of 24:11.54 to take 93rd overall and 79th in the point's total.

"I was really pleased with the ladies today," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "We competed very well against some very strong competition. We also showed that we are ready to challenge some of the top teams in our conference and the west region once we back off our work load and freshen up a little bit. We have worked extremely hard for the last month and that hard work will pay off as we get to the bigger races later in the year."

Meanwhile, on the men's side, the No. 9 Bruins in the west region scored 342 points to take 14th. The Bruins finished ahead of Whitman, Puget Sound and Pacific (Ore.). The men's 8k featured 19 teams and 217 runners. Trinity Western won the event with 46 points.

Spencer Elmore was the top finisher for the Bruins with a time of 26:13.00 to place 66th overall and 52nd in the point's total. Brendon Henkel was right behind Elmore at 71st overall and 57th in the point's total with a time of 26:16.69. Timothy Kaelin ran a time of 26:43.62 to place 94th overall and 72nd in the point's total, while Rylan Larsen finished 100th overall and 77th in the point's total with a time of 26:46.89. Christian Parr was the final score for the Bruins at 111th overall and 84th in the point's total with a time of 26:57.14.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will race next at the Greater Louisville XC Classic and the Chuck Bowles Invitational Saturday, Sept. 30.