Oct 12, 2013

GEORGE FOX INVITATIONAL: Bruin Men 4th, Women 5th; UO Running Club, Linfield Win

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)

High School Results

BROOKS, Ore. – The University of Oregon Running Club and Linfield College captured the men's and women's races respectively while the host George Fox University Bruins were fourth in the men's race and fifth in the women's run at the George Fox Invitational Cross Country Meet Saturday morning here at the Willamette Mission State Park.




The UO Running Club coasted to the 8K title with 26 points, well ahead of runner-up Lane Community College with 62 points.  Linfield was third with 72 points, followed by George Fox with 83, Treasure Valley Community College with 113, and Warner Pacific College with 190.  Robert McLauchlan of the UO Club won the race with a time of 25:29.4, edging his teammate Joachim Krauth by 4/10ths of a second in a photo finish.


Joseph Pia posted the top time for the Bruins with a 26:06.1, finishing eighth overall out of 76 runners and seventh for team scoring.  Next was Kody Tarbell with a 26:18.6, placing 12th and 11th for team scoring.  Also counting for the Bruins were Bryant Quinn with a 26:48.4 (20th/19th), Cody Thompson with a 27:08.5 (23rd/21st), and Kyle Dreibelbis with a 27:21.4 (28th/25th).


Other Bruin efforts included Aaron Molstad with a 27:52.2 (34th), Nathan Wiggins with a 28:06.9 (38th), Marcus Mateo with a 28:24.2 (43rd), Zach Bibb with a 28:24.9 (44th), Grant McGill with a 31:22.3 (69th), and Devon Donahue with a 31:31.0 (72nd).


George Fox alumnus Michael Murphy finished the race in 29:12.1 for 54th place.



Linfield edged Northwest University 44 points to 46 to win the women's 5K race.  Lane CC was third with 69 points, followed by the UO Running Club with 94, George Fox with 123, Treasure Valley CC with 140, and Warner Pacific with 182.  Katy Potter of Lane CC ran away from the field with a 17:57.0, over 43 seconds ahead of runner-up Hannah Greider of Linfield, who ran an 18:40.4.


Erin Sanders paced the Bruins with a 19:09.0, finishing eighth overall out of 69 runners and eighth for team scoring.  She was followed by Sarah MacKenzie with a 19:48.1 (20th/19th), Rachel Gibbs with a 20:03.6 (27th/26th), Kelly Toms with a 20:31.6 (34th/32nd), and Taylor Suwa with a 21:38.3 (46th/38th).


Also running for George Fox were Emily Veer with a 21:38.7 (47th), Emily Dobrinski with a 22:14.3 (56th), Sarah Ng with a 22:21.3 (59th), and Savannah Hamilton with a 22:38.5 (61st).


Dawn (Hartwig) Smith, a former George Fox runner and the wife of Bruins' head track and field coach John Smith, came in 18th with a time of 19:40.9.


Complete results of the George Fox Invitational are available on the George Fox cross country website at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/xc/2013-14/files/1012.pdf.


NEXT: George Fox will compete in the Lewis & Clark Invitational at McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 19.  The first race begins at 11:00 a.m.