Nov 01, 2013

NWC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bruins Enter NWC Races with High Hopes for Improvement

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. – With expectations of significant improvement over their finishes in the 2012 races, the George Fox University men’s and women’s cross country teams enter this year’s Northwest Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, Wash.

 

The women’s 6K race begins at 11:00 a.m., with the men’s 8K race to follow at 12:00 noon.  Award presentations for team and individual honors will follow the men’s race.  The top seven in each race earn First Team All-Conference honors, while the next seven receive Second Team recognition.

 

Whitworth University is the host for 2013 NWC Championships, and has created an official event website with a map of the course layout, directions for getting there, previews of each race, an NWC Championship program, and other useful information.  Results will also be posted there first.  The website address is http://www.whitworthpirates.com/sports/xc/2013-14/releases/20131029u4x3zk.

 

In last year’s events, the George Fox men placed fifth, with Joseph Pia coming in fifth individually to earn First Team All-NWC honors.  The Bruin women finished eighth in the 6K race.

 

“We’re probably a little bit under the radar right now, which is fine” says Randy Dalzell, the Bruins’ second-year coach who developed highly-successful programs at Concordia University-Portland before coming to George Fox last year.  “We are in good health and have a chance to really surprise some people. 

 

“On the men’s side, we know what Joseph Pia and Kody Tarbell can do, Kyle Dreibelbis is a threat when he’s healthy, and Cody Thompson has been right up there with them in our time trials, so we could have three or four legitimate All-Conference candidates right there.  On the women’s side, Erin Sanders has been our top runner all year and is capable of earning All-Conference, and couple of others, such as Sarah McKenzie or Katie Dyk, could be right in there as well.”        

 

Willamette University is the defending NWC men’s champion, and Lewis & Clark is the three-time defending women’s champion.  Parker Bennett of Willamette returns to defend his 2012 individual men’s title, but could receive a stiff challenge from Tyler Shipley of Pacific University, who has been the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week four time already this fall.  Melissa Newton-Mora of Lewis & Clark and Michaela Freeby of Willamette finished second and third respectively in last year’s women’s race and are the top two returning runners this year.

 

NEXT: The Bruins will be off for a week before competing in the NCAA Division III West Regionals, hosted by the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, in Claremont, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 16.  The first race that day is set for 9:00 a.m.