Nov 02, 2013

NWC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bruin Men Finish 7th, Women Come In 8th in NWC XC Races

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)

SPOKANE, Wash.Kody Tarbell placed 19th in the men’s 8K race and Erin Sanders was 32nd in the women’s 6K race as the top runners for the George Fox University men’s and women’s cross country teams, who finished seventh and eighth respectively, in the Northwest Conference Championships Saturday here at the Downriver Golf Course.




Willamette University successfully defended its NWC title with 49 points to 69 for the runner-up University of Puget Sound.  Whitman College was third with 82 points, followed by Lewis & Clark College with 122, Linfield College with 128, Whitworth University with 135, George Fox with 147, Pacific University with 210, and Pacific Lutheran University with 224.


Tarbell ran a 26:09.22 to finish 19th overall and for team scoring.  Also contributing to the Bruins’ team score were Kyle Dreibelbis with a 26:13.50 (23rd/23rd), Joseph Pia with a 26:24.91 (28th/28th), Cody Thompson with a 26:45.52 (36th/36th), and Bryant Quinn with a 26:58.77 (43rd/41st). 


Other Bruin runners included Micah Tate (26:59.82, 44th/42nd), Aaron Molstad (27:43.89, 58th/51st), Nathan Wiggins (28:16.05, 64th), Zachary Bibb (29:19.95, 74th), and Marcus Mateo (29:24.13, 75th).


The men’s individual race finished as predicted, with Parker Bennett of Willamette repeating his 2012 win with a 24:30.62, half a minute ahead of the 25:01.60 by Tyler Shipley of Pacific. 




Willamette ended a three-year run by Lewis & Clark as the women’s champion, scoring 37 points to 52 by second-place Whitworth.  Whitman took third place with 101 points, followed by Linfield with 104, Puget Sound with 112, Lewis & Clark with 113, Pacific Lutheran with 207, George Fox with 239, and Pacific with 255.


Sanders posted a time of 23:43.16 for 32nd place overall and for team scoring, her fourth time this fall to lead the Bruins.  Sarah MacKenzie was next with a 24:01.20 (45th/42nd).  Also counting for the Bruins were Rachel Gibbs with a 24:36.65 (58th/50th), Kelly Toms with a 25:45.36 (71st/57th), and Taylor Suwa with a 25:48.32 (72nd/58th).


Completing the race for the Bruins were Emily Dobrinski (26:46.06, 76th/59th), Emily Veer (26:52.90, 77th/60th), and Savannah Hamilton (27:24.97,  78th).  Katie Dyk began the race for the Bruins but wound up withdrawing.


Michael Freeby of Willamette took individual honors with a time of 21:42.19, well ahead of teammate Taylor Ostrander, who ran a 21:59.70.


The top seven runners in each race were accorded First Team All-Conference honors, while runners 8-14 received Second Team All-NWC recognition.


“Needless to say, we didn’t finish quite as well as we had hoped,” admitted George Fox second-year coach Randy Dalzell.  “Joseph Pia was up among the top ten until the last mile or so when he had some breathing difficulties and dropped back; his slide might have cost us a couple of places in the standings in the men’s race.  Erin Sanders has run much better, but she had been ill earlier in the week and still wasn’t at full strength.


“Still, on a positive note, Kody Tarbell finished much better than he did in last year’s race, and Kyle Dreibelbis ran one of his best races ever.  We’ve got some time to get everyone healthy and work on some things, and I think you’ll see an even better performance in the regionals in a couple of weeks.”


Complete results of the NWC Cross Country Championships, courtesy of the host Whitworth sports information office, are available on the George Fox cross country website.  The men may be found at, and the women may be found at


NEXT: The Bruins will compete 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.