Mar 21, 2019

Wright Leads Bruins After Day One of Jim Klein Combined Events

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  • 8 Northwest Conference Championships - Women (2000, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)
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  • 10 Conference / District Coaches of the Year
  • 130 All-Americans (68 men, 62 women)
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  • 2 Women's Conference of Independent Colleges Championships (1979, 1980)
  • 1 Cascade Conference Women's Championship (1995)

SANTA BARBARA --- The George Fox outdoor track and field team sent seven Bruins to the Jim Klein Combined Events at Westmont College on Thursday, as Annie Wright was the top finisher for the Bruins on the first day of the women's heptathlon.


Wright was joined by teammates Alissa Swilley, Ashley Korb-Doty and Kalina Buhler on the women's side for the first four events on day one.

Wright recorded a personal best in every event on the day and is currently in second with 3,186 points. The only person ahead of her is unattached Meg Hemphill, who became the Japanese national champion in 2017 and placed second in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships heptathlon. Wright trails Hemphill by 89 points.

Wright started her day with a fourth-place finish in the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 14.91. She followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the women's high jump with a mark of 5-02. Wright ended her day with a first-place finish in the women's shot put and the women's 200m dash. Her mark of 44-01 in the shot put broke the George Fox school record of 43-04.25, which was set by Sarah Zempel in 2001. She was a near second faster than the next competitor in the 200m dash with a time of 25.25.

Swilley is currently in eighth with 2,646 points, Korb-Doty is in 11th with 2,379 points, and Buhler is in 14th with 2,049 points.

As for the men's decathlon, the Bruins were represented by Tayler Phillips, Berkley Hill, and Davis Smith. Phillips was the top finisher for the Bruins on the first day with 3,403 points to place seventh. Berkley is in ninth with 3,249 points and Smith is in 12th with 3,054 points.

Phillips had his best finish in the men's high jump with a mark of 6-04 to place second out of 18.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will finish the final day of the women's heptathlon and the men's decathlon on Friday, March 22.