Apr 10, 2018

Bruins Sweep NWC Combined Event Championships

A Winning Tradition

  • 8 Northwest Conference Championships - Women (2000, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)
  • 2 Northwest Conference Championship - Men (2017, 2018)
  • 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)
  • 5 Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Finalists (Annie Wright - 2018 & 2019, Irene Johnson - 2011, Joel Krebs - 2007, Michelle Forbes - 2004)
  • 1 Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year (Annie Wright, 2019)
  • 1 George Pasero Team of the Year (2018)
  • 1 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)

SPOKANE --- The George Fox track and field team swept the 2018 Northwest Conference Combined Event Championships Tuesday, as Annie Wright won the women's heptathlon and Alex Canchola won the men's decathlon.


Wright ended the first day with 2,981 points and was leading the field of 15 athletes coming into the final day of competition. She went on to set a George Fox school record and an NWC record with 4,959 points to win the heptathlon. The previous record was set by Charity Arn in 2015 with 4,928 points. Wright, who was already leading the nation in the women's heptathlon now leads by 255 points.

Wright started the day with a fourth-place finish in the women's long jump (16-09.75) and went on to take second in the women's javelin throw (123-11). Wright ended the day with a third-place finish in the women's 800m with a time of 2:24.66.

Dakota Buhler and Alissa Swilley also had solid performances in the women's heptathlon. Buhler finished in third place with 4,487 and now sits in third in the nation, while Swilley finished in sixth place with 4,294 points and is seventh in the nation.

Buhler moved up to seventh all-time at George Fox and Swilley is now 10th all-time.

On the men's side, Alex Canchola won the decathlon with 6,510 points and now leads the nation among NCAA Division III athletes. Canchola's day started off a little slow with a ninth-place finish in the 110m hurdles (16.30), but he quickly bounced back with a second place finish in the discus (111-03). He then went on to win the pole vault with a mark of 13-00.25 to separate himself from the completion. He closed the door in the final two events, as he placed third in the javelin and in the 1500m.

Jon Proctor moved up to finish fourth with 5,977 points, while Berkley Hill finished eighth with 5,368 points. Proctor's big day was sparked by a second place finish in the 100m hurdles, a win in the discus and a second place finish in the pole vault.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins compete next at Lewis & Clark Saturday, April 14.