Dec 16, 2014

Season Wrap-Up and Look Ahead

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)

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NEWBERG, Ore. --- Bruin cross country has a lot to look forward to when their young core of athletes rises to compete with the top schools in the league next fall.

Having previously led teams to national championships, head coach, Randy Dazell has already witnessed promising successes this past season.

"The highlights of the season are found in the performances of people like senior, team captain and all conference player, Kody Tarbell and junior, just outside of conference status, captain Bryan Quinn," said head coach Randy Dalzell.

Naming these two as essentially the heart and soul of the team, Dazell is thrilled at the leadership they have provided for the school's upcoming athletes.

"This past year was a great recruiting year for us," says Dazell.

This statement is echoed by Tarbell as he shares his thoughts of what the future holds for Bruin cross country.

"Right now, we're a young group of athletes who are just learning how to compete at the college level," he says. "Talent-wise we have a good foundation and with a year of experience under the belt, performances will be much better this upcoming season."

Improvements in cross country performances are also expected to lead to more competitiveness in the university's upcoming track seasons.

With many runners active in both sports, their conditioning becomes a year round activity as they strive for excellence.

"Honestly, my favorite part of coaching is being able to see our athletes have breakthroughs that they didn't expect," says Dazell.

Such breakthroughs, Dazell claims, energize the team and are what Bruin cross country fans can expect to see as the team heads to the races next year.