Sep 20, 2013

NORTHWEST CLASSIC: Painter’s Win Paces Bruin Women to 2nd Place, Men Finish 4th

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)

EUGENE, Ore. – In her first collegiate cross country meet ever, George Fox University’s Emily Painter won the women’s 5K race at the Northwest Classic here at Lane Community College, leading the Bruin women to a second-place finish out of five teams, while the Bruin men came in fourth out of six teams in their four-mile race.




Painter, a distance runner for the George Fox track and field team, joined the cross country team earlier this week and ran an 18:18 to win her first event, 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Katy Potter of Lane CC.  Her time puts her seventh of the Bruins’ all-time list for a 5,000-meter race.


Painter’s effort helped George Fox to 57 team points, second only to the 33 points by Linfield College.  Behind the Bruins were Lane CC with 75 points, the University of Oregon Running Club with 84, and Pacific University with 105.


Also contributing to the Bruins’ solid showing were Erin Sanders, the Bruins’ top run in their previous two races, who ran a 19:31 to place sixth overall and for team scoring, Sarah MacKenzie with a 20:06 (12th/12th), Katie Dyk with a 20:19 (15th/15th), and Rachel Gibbs with a 20:36 (24th/23rd). 


Completing the field for George Fox were Kelly Toms with a 21:34 (31st), Sarah Ng with a 22:26 (36th), Emily Dobrinski with a 22:46 (39th), Emily Veer with a 22:51 (40th), Savannah Hamilton with a 24:14 (44th), Codi Morton with a 24:40 (48th), and Miriam Marsh with a 25:00 (49th).  A total of 54 runners competed.




The George Fox men collected 95 points, trailing the UO Running Club with 28 points, Lane CC with 51, and Linfield with 85.  Behind the Bruins were Pacific with 118 points and Shasta College with 167.


Joseph Pia paced the Bruins for the second meet in a row, running a 21:03 to place eighth overall out of 73 runners and for team scoring.  He was 44 seconds behind John Carley of the UO Running Club, and had the second-best time among NCAA Division III athletes in the competition to Tyler Shipley of Pacific, who was second overall with a 20:27.


Assisting Pia in the scoring column for the Bruins were Kody Tarbell with a 21:35 (19th/17th), Kyle Dreibelbis with a 22:10 (28th/21st), Cody Thompson with a 22:12 (29th/22nd), and Aaron Molstad with a 22:19 (35th/27th).


Other Bruin runners included Micah Tate with a 22:33 (39th), Nathan Wiggins with a 22:52 (45th), Zach Bibb with a 22:58 (46th), Alex Lull with a 23:29 (51st), and Jahnathon Larson with a 24:19 (59th).  Grant McGill with a 25:28 (71st) and Kevin Greco with a 26:46 (73rd) just joined the George Fox program this week. 


Complete results of the Northwest Classic from are available on the George Fox cross country web site at


NEXT: The Bruins are off next week before participating in Willamette University’s Charles Bowles Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, Ore.