Nov 11, 2017

Bruins Finish Season at NCAA Div. III West Regional

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)
 

CLAREMONT, Calif. --- The George Fox men's and women's cross country team ran in the 2017 NCAA Division III West Region Cross Country Championships, hosted by Occidental College.

Recap:

The women came away with a 10th place finish, while the men finished 15th overall.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the women's 6k with a time of 1:50:53.26, while Whitworth finished second over and Linfield placed third. The Bruins ran a time of 1:59:00.20 to beat out Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Pacific (Ore.) and Pacific Lutheran among the field of 20 teams. Willamette, Pacific Lutheran and Lewis & Clark were ranked in the top-10 for the USTFCCCA West Region.

Kayla Moore was the top finisher for the Bruins with a time of 22:39.45 to take 19th overall. Maci Jokumsen finished at 35th with a time of 23:12.70. Both Moore and Jokumsen earned all-region honors. Moore's time moved her up to fourth all-time at George Fox, while Jokumsen jumped up to 14th all-time. 

Rachel Gibbs came home with a time of 23:54.84 to place 48th overall, while Rianna Comery finished 59th with a time of 24:12.57. Abby Bitzenburg crossed the finish line with a time of 25:00.64 to place 88th and Sarah Henry placed 99th with a time of 25:29.50.

"The women ran great today," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "We had a set back with Samantha McKibbon having to drop out of the race with an injury, but for us to finish in the top-10 is a great accomplishment. One of our primary goals for the ladies was to move into the top 10 teams in the west region and we were able to do that today even though we were missing our solid #4 girl (Sam McKibbon) and our normal #3 Abby Bitzenburg was not fully back yet.  So, all that considered, we are really happy with the women's results and look forward to moving up some more next  year."

As for the men, the Bruins finished with a time of 2:19:55.08 to beat out Linfield, Pacific (Ore.) and La Verne. Pomona-Pitzer won the men's 8k with a time of 2:07:31.36.

Spencer Elmore was the first to finish on the men's side for the Bruins with a time of 27:21.49 to take home 53rd. Jack Ammon finished with a time of 27:44.77 to take 72nd, while Brendon Henkel placed 80th with a time of 28:00.29. Richard Beck recorded a time of 28:15.31 to take 87th and Christian Parr finished 97th with a time of 28:33.22. Romare Ashford ran a time of 29:33.89 to place 117th and Timothy Kaelin ran a time of 30:57.29 to take 123rd.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins finish off their 2017 season and will look to continue the success next season in 2018.