Apr 21, 2018

Bruins Sweep NWC 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)

McMinnville-- George Fox swept the Northwest Conference Track & Field Championships Saturday for the second consecutive year, posting a combined margin of victory of more than 150 points.

Recap: The No. 3-ranked men's team finished with 240.5 points, followed by Pacific Lutheran with 132 points and Whitworth University with 127. The win marks the second NWC Championship for the men's team.

The No. 2-ranked women's team finished with 226 points, followed by Whitworth University at 175 points and Linfield College with 140 points. The win marks the women's team seventh time atop the conference standings after the meet.

Dakota Buhler and Alex Canchola were named Conference Field Athletes of the Meet. Kennedy Taube was named Rookie of the Year on the female side and head coach John Smith was named Coach of the Year on both the men's and women's side of things. Event winners earn All-NWC first-team, while second place is All-NWC second-team. 

Top Performers:


Seth Nonnenmacher broke the Northwest Conference All-Time record, the Northwest Conference Meet Record, and his own school record with a throw of 234' 6" in the men's javelin. He holds the top spot in the nation after the meet and is now fifth all-time in Division III history.

The men's 4x100M team of Brock Rogers, Vernon Lott, Kenny May, and Chris Polk finished first with a time of 41.72, just shy of the Northwest Conference meet record.

The men's 4x400M of Alex Canchola, Jack Ammon, Thomas Hughes, and Polk finished first with a time of 3:18.96.

Lott and May finished first and third respectively in the men's 200M. Lott posted a time of 21.47 and May posted a time of 21.73. Lott is fourth all-time at George Fox in the 200m and fifth in the nation. May moves up to sixth all-time in the 200m.

Hughes and David Guild finished first and second in the 400M hurdles, with times of 54.95 and 55.62, respectively.

Alex Canchola won the men's triple jump with a mark of 46' 3.25."

Chris Polk won the men's 400m and is now currently 12th in the nation. Jack Ammon went on to win the men's 800m. Polk is now ranked 12th in the nation in the 400m.

Cody Webb finished second in the men's 110m hurdles and is now eighth all-time at George Fox. David Guild placed second in the men's 400m hurdles, while Chris Gray placed second in the pole vault. Kennan O'Hern finished third in the triple jump.


The women's 4x100M team of Sarah King, Kennedy Taube, Sara Turner, and Lis Larsen finished first with a time of 47.19. They improve to second in the George Fox all-time record books, improving upon their best time of 47.91 from earlier this season.

The women's 4x400M team of Kiana Rasubala, Macadia Calavan, King, and Annie Wright finished first with a time of 3:52.08, breaking the conference meet record. The time moves them to sixth all-time at George Fox and is third all-time in the nation.

Turner and Taube finished first and second respectively in the 100M dash with times of 12.13 and 12.29. Taube is third all-time in the 200m and eighth in the nation.

The trio of Taube, Turner, and Wright swept the women's 200M final, finishing first, second, and third respectively. Taube posted a time of 24.77, just .01 off of breaking the school record.

Dakota Buhler finished the 100M hurdles in first place with a time of 14.67. Buhler also finished the triple jump in first place with a mark of 38'6.75". She is now fifth all-time at George Fox and seventh nationally in the 100m hurdles. She records a season-best in the triple jump and moves up to fifth in the nation.

Sarah King finished first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01:92.

Tahnisha Manibusan placed third in the discus and moved up to seventh all-time at George Fox.

Rachel Gibbs also climbed up in the women's 1500m at ninth all-time, while Kayla Moore moved up to eighth all-time in the women's 5000m.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will compete next at the OSU High Performance April 27-28.