Nov 17, 2010

Alaimo and Pia Earn Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week Award

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)

NEWBERG, Ore. - After posting the best times by George Fox University runners in the NCAA Division III Cross Country West Regional Championship on Nov. 13 at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, Ore., Joseph Pia and Lizzy Alaimo have each been named Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for Nov. 8-14.

Pia ran the 8K race in a time of 27:16.60, finishing 45th overall and for team scoring out of 116 competitors.  He was 1:53.43 behind individual champion Jackson Brainerd of Colorado College.  The freshman from Newberg, Ore., finished as the Bruins’ top runner for the sixth time in seven events this season.  George Fox completed its 2010 season by placing 12th out of 17 teams with 318 points in the West Regional, which was won by host Willamette University.

This is the third time Pia has been named the BAA Men’s Athlete of the Week with his other honors coming for Sept. 13-19 after finishing 10th in the Willamette Grass Course race on Sept. 17, and for Oct. 25-31 after a 23rd-place finish in the Northwest Conference Championship on Oct. 30.  He was honorable mention for the NWC Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week for Sept. 6-12 after an 11th-place finish in the BYU-Hawai’i Invitational on Sept. 11, and again for Sept. 13-19.

Alaimo led the Bruins’ season-ending efforts by running a time of 24:16.48, a new personal best, in the 6K race.  A mid-season addition to the Bruin roster, Alaimo competed in four races this fall, and was the top George Fox runner in both the Lewis & Clark College Pio Open on Oct. 16 and the NCAA West Regional.  The senior from The Dalles, Ore., will compete for the Bruin track and field team this spring for her fourth and final season.

Alaimo is the second George Fox women’s cross country runner to receive the Bruin Athletic Association award this fall.  Chelsea Sowards also garnered the honor for Sept. 13-19 when she finished 18th in the Willamette University Grass Course 5K with a time of 20:34.57.

The Athlete of the Week Award for both men and women is presented throughout the Bruin sports seasons by the Bruin Athletic Association, whose mission is to provide George Fox student-athletes with an outstanding athletic and academic experience and to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the Bruin athletics program.  For more information about the organization or to become a member, visit the Bruin Athletic Association website.