Sep 14, 2013

BIG WAVE INVITATIONAL: Bruin Men Place 3rd, Women 4th in 5K Races in Hawai’i

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)

Results (M) / Results (W)

HONOLULU, Hawai’i – Competing against two fields of NCAA Division II programs, the George Fox University Bruins came in third out of five men’s teams and fourth out of six women’s teams in the Big Wave Invitational cross country meet Saturday morning here at the Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course on the Hawai’i Marine Corps Base.




George Fox’s men earned 68 points in their 5K race, trailing Brigham Young University-Hawai’i (38 points) and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (58).  Hawai’i Pacific University was fourth (81 points) and Chaminade University was fifth with 125 points.


Joseph Pia, the Bruins’ 2012 All-Northwest Conference First Team runner, finished fifth overall out of 43 entrants and third for team scoring with a time of 16:25.97.  He was 20.21 seconds off the pace set by Fermi Murillo-Villagran of Hawai’i Pacific.


Kody Tarbell was the Bruins’ second runner, finishing 12th overall and ninth for team scoring with a 16:50.18.  Completing the Bruins top five were Bryant Quinn with a 16:56.59 (14th/11th), Aaron Molstad with a 17:18.33 (25th/21st), and Nathan Wiggins with a 17:35.73 (28th/24th).


Other Bruin runners were Cody Thompson with a 17:36.89 (29th), Kyle Dreibelbis with a 17:41.42 (31st), Zachary Bibb with an 18:05.80 (35th), Marcus Mateo with an 18:37.63 (38th), and Alex Lull with an 18:41.56 (39th).


“I thought our men ran an outstanding race, especially Joseph,” said George Fox coach Randy Dalzell.  “We held our own against some good D-II programs, and had several runners who were very close to scoring for us, in addition to the top five.”




The George Fox women scored 100 points in their 5K race, finishing behind Hawai’i Pacific with 27 points, BYU-Hawai’i (49), and Alaska-Fairbanks (56).  Behind the Bruins were the University of Hawai’i-Hilo (136) and Chaminade (185).  The two Division I teams which ran, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (26 points) and the University of Hawai’i-Manoa (29 points) were scored separately, though the individual runners were all combined.


Erin Sanders was the top Bruin with a time of 20:04.29, placing eighth overall out of 71 runners and fifth for team scoring.  Also counting for the Bruins were Katie Dyk with a 20:47.28 (22nd/16th), Sarah MacKenzie with a 21:43.86 (35th/22nd), Rachel Gibbs with a 22:20.50 (45th/26th), and Kelly Toms with a 23:06.90 (54th/31st). 


Rounding out the field for the Bruins were Emily Dobrinski with a 23:15.86 (57th), Taylor Suwa with a 23:20.90 (58th), Emily Veer with a 23:56.23 (64th), and Savannah Hamilton with a 25:40.41 (68th).


Complete results of the Big Wave Invitational men’s race, courtesy of the Hawai’i-Manoa sports information office, are available on the George Fox cross country web site at  The women’s results may be found at


NEXT: George Fox has added the Northwest Classic at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., to its schedule.  The event for college teams will take place Friday evening, Sept. 20, with the women running at 5:15 p.m. and the men at 6:00 p.m.