Oct 11, 2014

Cross Country Shines at Wes Cook Invitational

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)

BROOKS, Ore. --- George Fox University's men's and women's cross country teams both placed fourth in the Wes Cook/GFU Invitational, Saturday morning.

Kody Tarbell was the shining star on the men's side placing second with a 25:54.2. Bryant Quinn ran a 26:27.2 and finished ninth. Cody Thompson ran a 27:00.1 and placed 17th, while Christian Parr finished 20th with a time of 27:21.4. Zach Bibb completed the scoring for the Bruins with a time of 27:58.6 and placed 29th.

"Our men's team has really improved, especially through our #4 guy, and we showed that today," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "We just need that #5 guys to close the gap and our team score would be much better. Zach was sick today and still ran a PR at that spot, but he has been training at a much higher level than he was able to race at today. When he is back running at full strength, our men's team will have developed into a pretty decent team from where we started this year."

"The top four men all ran very well led by Kody Tarbell, who ran a nice personal best and almost won the race - closing well in the second half," said Dalzell. Tarbell's second place finish was the best on the season.

Meanwhile, on the women's side, Sarah MacKenzie led the way with a 19:44.3 and took 11th. Courtney Hochstetler ran a 20:05.2 and placed 15th, while Taylor Suwa finished 23rd with a time of 20:35.0. Kelly Toms and Rachel Gibbs finished 26th and 27th with times of 20:50.2 and 21:06.2. Caitlin Kereszturi placed 28th and finished with a time of 21:20.0

"The ladies had a number of PR's and did a nice job today," said Dalzell. "We need to get them all healthy and running well at the same time, which has not happened yet for this group, but they appear to be headed that way and have a few more weeks to round into shape before the championship meet season."

Full Results to come at a later time.