May 24, 2018

Bruins Kick Off First Day of the Outdoor Championships With One All-American

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)

LA CROSSE --- The George Fox men's and women's track and field team had seven athletes and two relay teams kick off the first day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Thursday afternoon.


George Fox grabbed its first All-American on day one after Dakota Buhler placed third in the women's long jump. This marks Buhler's first All-American honor for outdoor competition and third overall All-American honor with two indoors under her belt. It didn't take long for her to grab the All-American honor, as the senior posted a 19-02.50 on her first jump. Her mark gave her a third-place finish and moved her up to second all-time at George Fox.

The Bruins qualified both 4x100m relay teams to Saturday's finals after each team finished inside the top-9. Sarah King, Kennedy Taube, Sara Turner and Lis Larsen had a great race with a time of 46.96 to place third in the 4x100m prelims.

As for the men, Brock Rogers, Vernon Lott, Kenny May and Chris Polk broke the George Fox school record of 41.3y with a time of 41.17. The Bruins placed eighth in their prelims and will look to make a splash in Saturday's finals. The record-breaking performance knocks off the 40-year-old school record set back in 1978.

Alex Canchola started the men's decathlon on the slower side in the men's 100m but quickly bounced back with a first-place finish in the long jump. Canchola produced the best mark out of the 19 athletes with a 23-04.00, which is a new personal best and fifth on the school's all-time list. He then finished 17th in the shot put with a mark of 34-05.75. Canchola provided another boost up the leaderboard in the 400m, as he ran a time of 50.56 to place third.  He finished the first day of competition in third with 3,487 points.

Annie Wright had a great showing in her first four events in the women's heptathlon. Wright finished tied for third in the high jump after posting a mark of 5-01.75 to earn 701 points. She followed that up with the best finish in the shot put after blowing the competition away with a 38-08.75 mark. After her first three events, Wright was sitting in fourth with 2,027 points. Wright finished her day in the 200m with a ninth place finish after running a time of 26.92. She currently is sitting in fifth after the first day of competition with 2,745 points.

Both Sarah King and Kennedy Taube qualified for the finals in the women's 200m with top-9 finishes in the prelims. King ran a time of 24.90 to place third, while Taube placed seventh with a time of 25.07. This marks the first time both King and Taube will compete in the women's 200m finals at nationals. King is no stranger to the big stage after earning an All-American honor last year in the women's 400m hurdles.

Vernon Lott barely missed the qualifying mark for the finals in the men's 200m with a time of 22.16. He was edged out of the top-9 by a time of 22.15.

Caleb Dalzell finished his time at nationals with a 16th place finish in the men's discus. He recorded a throw of 152-07.

Schedule of Events: (All times in PDT)

Friday, May 25

8:00 am-3: 45 pm | Alex Canchola – Decathlon (110m Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 1500m)

9:00 am | Jacoby Wolfe – High Jump (Finals)

9:00 am | Seth Nonnenmacher – Javelin (Prelims & Finals)

10:30 am-1: 45 pm | Annie Wright – Heptathlon (Long Jump, Javelin, 800m)

12:00 pm | Stacy Kozlowski – High Jump (Finals)

2:00 pm | Chris Polk – 400m (Prelims)

2:15 pm | Sarah King – 400m (Prelims)

2:45 pm | Sara Turner – 100m (Prelims)


Saturday, May 26

9:00 am | Dakota Buhler – Triple Jump (Prelims & Finals)

10:05 am | Rogers, Lott, May, Polk, Webb (A) – 4x100 Relay (Finals)

10:15 am | King, Taube, Turner, Larsen, Miller (A) – 4x100 Relay (Finals)

11:10 am | Chris Polk – 400m (Finals)

11:20 am | Sarah King – 400m (Finals)

11:40 am | Sara Turner – 100m (Finals)

12:50 pm | Kennedy Taube & Sarah King– 200m (Finals)