Mar 22, 2014

IRWIN COLLEGIATE SCORING: Bruins Turn in 15 Marks That Rank Nationally at Pt. Loma

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Recording 15 marks that moved into the NCAA Division III top 50 or improved previous marks, along with 25 Northwest Conference qualifying marks, the George Fox University Bruins made a strong showing in the Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring track and field meet Saturday here at Point Loma Nazarene University.

 

“We had some very solid performances all around,” noted George Fox head coach John Smith.  “We stepped away from specialty events for a good portion of the team and focused on getting some good quality speed work in.” 

 

Women

 

The Bruin women had 11 marks which were new to the top 50 or improved previous marks, and 21 which were new or better in the conference.  Their efforts helped George Fox finish seventh out of 20 teams in the meet with 161 points, while California Lutheran University took first with 260.5 points.

 

Highlighting the George Fox achievements was Charity Arn’s fourth-place time of 14.73 in the 100 meter hurdles, which is the No. 2 time in D-III and No. 1 in the NWC.  Right behind her in fifth was Rachael Kraske with a 14.76, which is No. 4 in the nation and No. 3 in the conference.

 

In the 200 meter dash, Kraske was fourth with a 25.60, moving into 8th in the nation and 1st in the NWC, while Asia May was eighth with a 26.06, which is 20th nationally and 2nd in the conference.  Those two were at it again in the 100 meter dash, Kraske finishing fourth in 12.79 and Mayo seventh in 12.86.  Kraske is 26th in the nation and 4th in the conference, while Mayo 35th in the nation and 6th in the NWC. 

 

Three other marks which all finished second in the meet became tops in the conference.  Dannah Martin had an 11-5.75 / 3.50m in the pole vault (6th nationally), Maria Green had a high jump of 5-5 / 1.65m (3rd nationally), and the 4x100 meter relay team of Sarah Gilmore, Sarah Frazier, Kraske and Mayo posted a 48.47, which is 5th in D-III.  The 4x100 winning team was California Lutheran with a 48.49, which took over the top spot in D-III. 

 

Sierra Robertson placed third in the pole vault, clearing 10-11.75 / 3.35m, which is 2nd in the conference and 12th nationally.  Alyssa Turner’s 15.48 in the 100 hurdles is 20th nationally and 7th in the NWC.

 

“Charity Arn and Rachael Kraske have been hurdling well, and this was a good step toward becoming some of the best in the nation,” noted Smith.  “Sarah Frazier and Alyssa Turner also turned in some good early-season times in the event.  In the pole vault, Dannah Martin and Sierra Robertson are becoming consistent at some good heights, and we feel pretty confident they could make some progress toward a national qualifier by the end of the year.  Maria Green had some high jump attempts at 5-7 that were just near misses, so it will be exciting to see her continue to get better.”

 

Men

 

The George Fox had four marks which attained the top 50 in the nation or improved previous places, and four new NWC marks.  With 76 points, the Bruins placed 11th out of 23 teams, with San Diego Mesa College winning the meet with 268.5 points.

 

In the men’s high jump, Ryan Braden took fifth place with a height of 6-3.25 / 1.91m, and Devin Geiger placed 10th with a 6-1.25 / 1.86m.  Those marks rank 18th and 35th respectively in the nation, and 5th and 7th in the conference. 

 

In the 110 meter hurdles, Gabriel Luckey came in seventh with a 16.05, which stands 40th in D-III and 6th in the NWC.  Justin Vanier had the Bruins’ other national top 50 mark with a throw of 145-1 / 44.32m in the hammer which placed third in the meet.  His distance is 44th nationally, though it is short of conference qualifying.

 

The only other result that met conference standards was an 11.40 in the 100 meter dash by Michael Morikawa, which earned him 10th in the meet. 

 

Commenting on the George Fox men’s performances, Smith observed that “Ryan Braden and Devin Geiger both had good attempts in the high jump.  A lot of our other men are steadily improving and should be ready for some big performances at Westmont, where they can get back to competing in their stronger events.”

 

Complete results of the Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet, courtesy of the Point Loma Nazarene sports information office, may be found on the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Results Recording System at  http://www.tfrrs.org/results/34240.html.

 

NEXT: The Bruins will complete their spring break trip Saturday, Mar. 29, at the Westmont College Collegiate Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.