Apr 16, 2019

Wright Repeats As NWC Women's Heptathlon Champion

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)
  • Three Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year (Irene Johnson - 2011, Joel Krebs - 2007, Michelle Forbes - 2004)
  • One 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 --- The George Fox track and field team finished day two of the 2019 Northwest Conference Multi-Championships on Tuesday, as Annie Wright won the women's heptathlon and Tayler Phillips finished second in the men's decathlon.


Wright entered the day with a 231-point cushion after taking day one by storm. She scored 3,061 points after Monday's first four events to lead the field of nine competitors.

Wright wasted no time asserting her dominance in the second day with a first-place finish in the women's long jump. She produced a mark of 17-5.50 to grab 648 points. She ended her day with a second place finish in the javelin and a fourth-place finish in the 800m. After it was all said and done, she came away with 4,963 points to repeat as the Northwest Conference women's heptathlon champion by 355 points.

Alissa Swilley also had a great two days of competition, finishing in third with 4,229 points. Swilley took second in the long jump, fourth in the javelin and eighth in the 800m. Kalina Buhler did well in her first career competition at the NWC women's heptathlon with 3,823 points to place seventh.

On the men's side, Phillips led the Bruins with a second place finish in the men's decathlon, while Berkley Hill and Davis Smith finished third and fourth, respectively. Simon DeJong finished in 12th with 4,507 points.

Phillips recorded 6,442 points to finish 82 points behind Whitworth's Nicholas McGill. Phillips was the day one leader after putting together 3,518 points in the first five events. On the second day, Phillips started strong with wins in the 110m hurdles and discus. He ran a time of 15.66 in the 110m hurdles and recorded a mark of 120-11 in the discus. He finished eighth in the pole vault, fourth in the javelin and 10th in the 1500m.

Both Hill and Smith moved up one spot on the final day to improve upon the leaderboard. Hill finished with 6,281 points, while Smith recorded 6,187 points. Hill's best event was the pole vault on the final day, as he finished in a tie for first with a mark of 13-05.25. Smith's best performance on the final day came in the 1500m, where he ran a time of 4:46.44 to place third.

"We had a great start to our conference championships and the multi-athletes really put together some great marks despite the conditions being less than ideal," said head coach John Smith. "It will be exciting to compete with the rest of the team in two weeks and continue the momentum."

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will compete next at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Saturday, April 20.