Nov 15, 2014

Cross Country Season Closes Season At Regionals

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)

SALEM, Ore. --- George Fox University's men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Division III West Region Cross Country meet, Saturday afternoon.

The men placed 16th, while the women finished 17th.

The men were led by KodyTarbell, who finished 42nd with a 26:45.9. Tarbell was the star this season leading the Bruins in almost every race they ran in. Right behind him was Cody Thompson, who ran a 27:19.8 and took 64th. Bryant Quinn placed 67th and ran a 27:21.9.

"Kody Tarbell looked like he was on his way to nationals at the half-way point with a 13th place slot, but then the wheels fell off for him the last mile and he fell way back," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "Cody Thompson had his best race of the year as the No. 2 guy and improved about 30 spots over his last year finish."

Alex Lull ran 28:25.3 and finished 103rd, while Colin Atchison completed the scoring with a 108th place finish and a 28:46.9 time.

Meanwhile, on the women's side, Sarah MacKenzie led the Bruins with a time of 24:23.0 and placed 64th. Courtney Hochstetler ran a 24:52.9 and took 79th, while Rachel Gibbs placed 102nd with a 25:39.8. Taylor Suwa finished right behind her at 103rd with a time of 25:45.8. Kelly Toms completed the scoring and ran a 26:11.7 in 107th place.

"Both Sarah and Courtney had solid races for their last college cross country competition and led the team, but we had a big gap right behind them of about a minute and that hurt us in terms of team scoring," sand Dalzell. "Still, it was nice for the ladies to beat a few teams in the region after a tough conference meet two weeks ago."

Both teams will enjoy a long break before season picks back up in 2015.