Sep 17, 2010

Pia Again Leads Bruins as Team Ties for 4th in Willamette Grass Course Run

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)

Willamette Grass Course Men's Results

Willamette Grass Course Women's Results

SALEM, Ore. - For the second time in as many meets, freshmen Joseph Pia and Chelsea Sowards led George Fox University men's and women's cross country teams.  with a 10th-place finish  and Freshman Chelsea Sowards was the top George Fox University women’s cross country runner for the second meet in a row,Pia's 10th place finish overall helped the Bruins tie for fourth as a team in the 7,085-meter men’s cross country race at the Willamette University Grass Course event Friday afternoon at Bush’s Pasture Park.

Pia, who led the Bruins with an 11th-place finish in the first race of the season last Saturday at the BYU-Hawai’i Invitational, was 10th overall out of 58 runners and ninth for team scoring with a time of 23:39.77.  Following him were Kyle Dreibelbis, who was 22nd overall and 18th for team scoring, with a 24:24.45, and Allen Cassel, who was 24th overall and 19th for scoring with a 24:37.39.  Rounding out the Bruins’ scoring were Mike Calavan (25:36.41, 34th/27th) and Tyler Magill (25:49.35, 37th/29th).  Also running for George Fox were Chad Sutfin (26:24.44, 45th) and Justin Holman (27:56.70, 55th).

Sowards, who placed 33rd in last week’s BYU-Hawai’i Invitational with a mark of 21:20, improved to 20:34.57 and earned 18th place Friday.  Alicia Haresnape came in 44th for the Bruins in 22:33.43, an eight-second improvement over her Hawai’i time, and Anna Thomas took 48th in 23:06.59.  

The Bruin men collected 102 points to tie with Pacific Lutheran University.  Host Willamette took the race with a perfect 15-point score as a Bearcat took each of the top five scoring places.  Linfield College was second with 61 points, and Pacific University was third with 95 points.  Willamette’s Leo Castillo was the winner in 22:43.86, almost 10 seconds ahead of teammate Stefan Redfield’s 22:53.31.

Host Willamette won the women's race with 22 points, well ahead of the runner-up University of California-Santa Cruz with 69 points.  Linfield College took third with 75 points, followed by Pacific Lutheran University with 81 and Pacific University with 117.  Willamette’s Kimber Mattox was the winner in 19:03.41, easily out-distancing Mimi Seeley of Linfield, who ran a 19:32.93.

NEXT: George Fox will host its own Bruin Alumni Race, a 4K event for current and former college men and women, next Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Champoeg State Heritage Area near St. Paul, Ore.  This will be the only home meet of the season for the Bruins.