Aug 30, 2014

Twice As Nice: Cross Country Teams Place Second

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)

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. --- George Fox University's men's and women's cross country teams kicked off their season Saturday morning, as the Bruins competed in the 2014 Linfield Harrier Classic.

The women's team took second in the 6k and had two runners in the top 10. Sarah MacKenzie led the pack for the Bruins with a 25:10.24 time, finishing in fourth place. Her time was 16 seconds faster than last year. Taylor Suwa placed eighth with a time of 25:41.98, and shed 81 seconds off of her previous time.

The trio of Kelly Toms (17th, 26:34.89), Courtney Hochstetler (19th, 26:44.18) and Nicole Fawver (22nd, 26:53.83) completed the scoring for the Bruins.

"The ladies ran a very good race today even though our expected #1 runner was sick (Courtney Hochstetler) and had a rough day," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "Sarah MacKenzie, Taylor Suwa, Kelly Toms, Nicole Fawver, Rose Hernandez, and Savannah Hamilton all had great races and gave us nice team depth. I'm sure Courtney will get back to regular strength and be ready to roll at the Sundodger meet in a few weeks."

The Linfield women won the event with 27 points and put all five runners in the scoring top 10.

"Many of the ladies ran considerably better times this year than the same course last year, showing that they have come in very well prepared," said Dalzell.

There were 44 runners on the women's side.

Meanwhile, on the men's side, the Bruins finished second in the 8k behind host Linfield College. Bryant Quinn led the Bruins with a sixth place finish and a time of 27:29.34. Quinn's time was 50 seconds faster than his previous time on this track. Christian Parr placed 13th and ran a 28:26.01, while Zach Bibb finished 22nd with a time of 29:23.93.

Cody Thompson and Colin Atchison completed the scoring for the Bruins, as Thompson placed 26th (29:52.44) and Atchison took 28th (30:04.24).

"We sat out a few guys that were sick and maybe should have also sat out Kody Tarbell for the same reason as he had trouble during the race and did not finish - he was our expected #1 runner," said Dalzell. "We were a little shorthanded on the men's side because of some illness issues, but a number of the guys ran nice improvements over last year led by junior Bryant Quinn."

There were 36 runners in the men's 8k.

"Some of the young guys ran well for their first 8K race including Christian Parr and Colin Daniel," said Dalzell. "Both of those guys came into the year with a good training base and it shows that they will adjust well to the longer college racing as the year goes on."

The teams will compete next on Sept. 20th  at Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, Washington.