May 26, 2017

NCAA T&F Championships: Bruins Bring Home Two More All-Americans After Day Two

A Winning Tradition

  • 6 Northwest Conference Championships - Women (2000, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)
  • 1 Northwest Conference Championship - Men (2017)
  • 10 Conference / District Coaches of the Year
  • 130 All-Americans (68 men, 62 women)
  • 8 Men's National Champions (5 NAIA, 3 NCAA)
  • 13 Women's National Champions (2 USTFF, 7 NAIA, 4 NCAA)
  • 38 Academic All-Americans (17 men, 21 women)
  • 1 Academic All-American of the Year (Ryan Chaney, 1997)
  • Three Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year (Irene Johnson - 2011, Joel Krebs - 2007, Michelle Forbes - 2004)
  • One Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year - Female Finalists (Jill Beals - 1992)
  • 1 Cascade Conference Men's Championship (1995)
  • 2 NAIA District Men's Championships (1979, 1980)
  • 12 NAIA Women's National Meets (4 Top 10 finishes)
  • 1 NAIA Women's District Championships (1992)
  • 1 NAIA Female Athlete of the Year (Nancy Rismiller, 1996)
  • 2 Women's Conference of Independent Colleges Championships (1979, 1980)
  • 1 Cascade Conference Women's Championship (1995)

GENEVA, Ohio --- The George Fox track and field team collected two more All-Americans at the 2017 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships Friday, as both Annie Wright (heptathlon) and Jacoby Wolfe (high jump) claimed a national runner-up in their respective events. The men lead the field with 23 points after the second day, while the women are in fifth with 13 points.

It was an all-around great day for the Bruins, as the men's team continued to hold the advantage at the top of the leaderboard with 23 points. Wolfe was able to give the Bruins eight more points to give a cushion between Cortland St. and Wisconsin-Whitewater, who have 16 points. The women moved up to fifth in the standings with 13 points after Wright added eight from the heptathlon.

Wright came in to the final day of the women's heptathlon at fourth place with 2,800 points. In her first event of day two, Wright made a big splash on the leaderboard with a fifth place finish in the women's long jump. Her mark of 17-05.50 earned her 648 points and moved her up two spots to sit solely at second. An hour later, she held on to second after taking sixth in the women's javelin with a throw of 121-01.

She sealed the second place finish in the women's 800m with a time of 2:27.64 to finish with a total of 4,779 points. Her total was a new personal best and moved her up to fourth all-time. This is her second straight All-American honor and third All-American honor at George Fox (indoor).

"Annie kept the pedal down on the start of day two and started off with a long jump personal best," said head coach John Smith. "Javelin was a little sub par for her, but competitively to the field it gave her a cushion going into the 800m. She was able to run a tactical race and claim 2nd place for the Hep. She has put in so much work to get to that spot and it was awesome to watch it all unfold. The next two years she has a target lock on a national championship."

Wolfe was impressive in the men's high jump, as the sophomore set a new personal best by three centimeters. He secured at least a second place finish after hitting 6-11.75 in his final attempt. Wolfe was unable to clear the 7-01.00 mark and came away with a national runner-up finish. His mark of 6-11.75 improves his No. 2 all-time mark at George Fox and gives him his first outdoor All-American honor. Wolfe earned All-American status last year at the 2016 Indoor Championships.

"Jacoby put together the meet of his life and pr'd by three cm, putting himself in a position to win," added Smith. "It was a battle down to the wire and super exciting, but the other jumper just had a better day in the end and got the 7'1 clearance. So much work and preparation went into this year and Jacoby will no doubt be back to chase the title next year."

Chris Polk ran in the men's 400m prelims with a time of 48.97. He was just .76 seconds off of earning a qualifying spot into Saturday's finals. He finished 13th out of 20 runners.

Alex Canchola led the Bruins in the men's decathlon with a 17th place finish at 5,571 points. John Koch finished with 5,488 points to take 18th

The Bruins now have five All-Americans after two days of action. Seth Nonnenmacher, Asia Greene, Caleb Dalzell, Annie Wright and Jacoby Wolfe

Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 27
Dakota Buhler – Triple Jump (10:30a.m. PST)
Sarah King
– 400m Hurdles (11:15a.m. PST)