May 22, 2019

Bruins Claim Six USTFCCCA Regional Awards

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)

By: Seth Preuss

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the eight regions – Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, New England, South/Southeast and West – honored both genders' top track athletes and field athletes as well as the top men's and women's head coaches and assistant coaches. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

Jacoby Wolfe was named the Men's Field Athlete of the Year in the West region by USTFCCCA. Wolfe is ranked first nationally in the high jump at 2.14m (7-0¼). He won the individual title at the NWC Championships and will represent the Bruins at NCAA Nationals in the high jump.

Sarah King was named the Women's Track Athlete of the Year in the West region by USTFCCCA. King is ranked first nationally in the 400 at 55.01, second nationally in the 800 at 2:09.83 and third nationally in the 200 at 24.45. She is also a member of the nation's fourth-ranked 4×400 relay team and is fourth regionally in the 100. She is the first Bruin slated to compete in four events at NCAA Nationals this week.

Annie Wright was named the Women's Field Athlete of the Year in the West region by USTFCCCA. Wright became the second-best performer in NCAA DIII history in the heptathlon when she scored 5307 points at the Westmont Collegiate Classic. She also set the school record in the shot put with a heave of 13.43m (44-0¾).

Adam Haldorson was tabbed as the Assistant Coach of the Year in the West region for both the Men's and Women's USTFCCCA awards. On the men's side, Haldorson had his athletes earn four entries into the outdoor championships with two in the decathlon, one in high jump and another in the long jump. On the women's side, his athletes broke three school records and set one conference record at the NWC Chapmpionships. Athletes coached by Haldorson accounted for 152 of the Bruin's 442 points scored as the program swept the NWC Championships.

John Smith was named the Women's Head Coach of the Year in the West region by USTFCCCA. Smith, in his 12th year as Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at George Fox, led the Bruins to a top-five national ranking and the top slot in the West Region. Led by Smith, the Bruins won the NWC Championship for the third consecutive season by almost 100 points and broke or tied six school records during the year.