Sep 11, 2010

Bruins Finish Fourth in BYU-Hawai’i Invitational to Begin 2010 Season

A Winning Tradition

  • Eight NAIA Men's National Meets (5 Top 10 finishes)
  • Five NAIA District Men's Championships (1977, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
  • One NCCAA Women's National Championship (1988)
  • Nine NAIA Women's National Meets (6 Top 10 finishes)
  • Six NAIA Women's District Championships (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • One Cascade Conference Women's Championship (1994)
  • Two NAIA Region Coaches of the Year
  • 10 Conference / District Coaches of the Year
  • 23 All-Americans (6 men, 17 women)
  • 53 Academic All-Americans (18 men, 35 women)

LA'IE, Hawai'i - Led by an 11th-place finish by freshman Joseph Pia, George Fox University men placed fourth in the Brigham Young University-Hawai'i Invitational as the 2010  cross country season got under way for the Bruins Saturday morning on the island of Oahu.

Pia ran a time of 27:23, with another Bruin rookie, Dylan Arana, placing 16th in 27:49.  Team captain Allen Cassel took 19th with a 28:15, with freshman Kyle Dreibelbis one spot behind in 28:16.  Letterwinner Austin Morrell came in 25th in 28:32, and three newcomers rounded out the George Fox efforts: Aaron Molstad, who was 30th in 29:17; Tyler Magill, 31st in 29:25; and Brian Goodwin, 39th in 31:34.  In all, 46 runners competed.

Leading the George Fox efforts was freshman Chelsea Sowards, who finished 33rd out of 57 runners in a time of 21:20.  She was followed by Alyssa Turner, who ran track last spring for the Bruins, coming in 36th in 22:14.  Returning letterwinner Melissa Kristovich, was 38th in 22:24, with Alicia Haresnape 40th in 22:41, Kate Freiheit 45th in 23:06, and Anja Harder 52nd in 24:38.

The men's race champion was Mark Chesto of Alaska-Anchorage with a time of 25:10, one second ahead of teammate Micah Chelimo.  UAA runners took each of the top five spots.  

The women's race winner was Ruth Keino of Alaska-Anchorage, who edged teammate Miriam Kipngeno by three seconds, 17:47 to 17:50.

As a team, the Bruin men earned 106 points, trailing the University of Alaska-Anchorage with 15 points, host BYU-Hawai'i with 70, and Hawai'i Pacific University with 91.  After George Fox, the University of Hawai'i-Hilo was fifth with 133 points, and Chaminade University was sixth with 166.

The Bruin women scored 192 points, trailing the University of Alaska-Anchorage with 20 points, the Division I University of Hawai'i-Manoa with 73, host BYU-Hawai'i with 74, and Hawai'i Pacific University with 86.  After George Fox was Chaminade University with 218 points, and the University of Hawai'i-Hilo did not collect a team score because they had only three runners competing.

NEXT: George Fox will participate in the Willamette University Grass Course race on Friday, Sept. 17, which starts at 12:00 noon.