Apr 04, 2019

Becoming A Family - A Window Into George Fox Track & Field

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)
 

Photos Courtesy of D3photgraphy 

By Kennedy Taube

I first heard about George Fox from a family friend. They were an alumnus and were talking about how much their daughter loved going to school there. I was a sophomore in high school at the time and had started thinking about what would come next, especially in my athletic career. I was a varsity athlete in both soccer and track, and I knew I wanted to compete in college athletics but needed to find a place to call home.

I had the opportunity to be recruited from many different schools, from all over the country. I was very blessed to meet with coaches and discuss the possibility of what my position looked like if I decided to further my athletic career there. All of the coaches and athletes I met were very nice, but there was one school that hooked me immediately - George Fox University in a cute little town called Newberg. 

The day I met John Smith, I knew George Fox was the place for me. This man that I had met for the first time was incredible. Our whole first conversation didn't even involve track, he just wanted to get to know me. The first time I had a visit at George Fox, it immediately felt like home. I had prayed so many times for God to send me where I needed to be, and that is exactly what He did. I was able to meet some of my future teammates during my visit and little did I know - they would soon be family to me.

One of the best things about Fox is all the relationships I have made, ones that I will forever have. I have never had a team that has become my family. At Fox, we are a family. We care about each other in all ways. Many people think track and field is a sport where you really do not connect with others, because you are focused on being the best athlete you can be, but as Bruins we inspire each other, we challenge one another and make each other the best athletes we can possibly be, and most importantly, we love each other.

My success at George Fox has been one that I will cherish, but it is not about the trophies, it's about the girls I have to share it with. My freshman year, I was given the opportunity to run in Wisconsin at the National Championship meet. Not only did our 4x100-relay team win the national title, but the whole women's team won as well. It was the third National title our school has ever won. I play that day back in my head all the time. We are good athletes, but that wasn't what made us win. It was the family we had made together. One who loved, supported, and prayed over each other the whole season.

I can't imagine my life anywhere else. I am proud of who I have become and the things I have accomplished. It is always a good day to be a Bruin.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him" Colossians 3:17