Oct 28, 2017

Bruins Compete at NWC Championships

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)
 

WALLA WALLA, Wash. --- The George Fox men's and women's cross country teams ran at the 2017 Northwest Conference Championships Saturday morning, as the women fished sixth and the men placed fifth.

Recap:

On the women's side, Whitworth won the women's 6k with 42 points and a total time of 1:54:18. Linfield placed second with 61 points and a 1:55.55 time, while Puget Sound finished with 92 points at third with a time of 1:58.18. The Bruins finished the race at sixth as a team with a time of 2:00:14. There were nine teams and 80 runners on the women's side.

Kayla Moore was the top finisher for the Bruins with a time of 23:34.4 to finish 15th. She was just 10 seconds off of earning second team All-NWC. Rachel Gibbs finished 20th with a time of 23:55.9 and Samantha McKibbon ran a time of 24:04.2 to take 24th. Maci Jokumsen finished 35th and ran a 24:30.2, while Rianna Comery ran her best race of the year to take 42nd with a time of 24:39.6.

"We've always focused on regionals and conference," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "We are battling some injuries and it made a small impact today with our top five. We are looking forward to getting back and running at the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 11."

Meanwhile, on the men's side, the Bruins finished fifth out of nine teams. George Fox finished with 133 points to take the tiebreaker over Whitman for a sole possession in fifth place. Willamette won the men's 8k with 50 points a time of 2:11:04. Pacific Lutheran finished second with 57 points and a time of 2:12:12, while Lewis & Clark had a better time of 2:11:43, but recorded 61 points as a team. Whitworth finished just ahead of the Bruins in fourth with 107 points and a time of 2:14:40.

Spencer Elmore had the best finish on the day for the Bruins to earn second team All-NWC. Elmore finished inside the top-14 with a time of 26:42.1. Freshman Timothy Kaelin had his best finish of his young career at 18th with a time of 26:56.1. Freshman Jack Ammon also had a solid race to place 30th with a time of 27:20.9, while Christian Parr was 35th with a time of 27:39.1. Freshman Richard Beck finished in the top-5 for the Bruins for the first time in his career with a time of 27:44.0 to finish 37th.

"Our men ran well with some nice finishes from our freshman," added Dalzell. "Spencer had a great race and I'm excited to gear up for the West Regional."

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will run next at the NCAA West Regional in Claremont, California, on Nov. 11.