Sep 05, 2015

Cross Country Shines In Hawai'i

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)

Men's Results      Women's Results

HONOLULU, Hawai'i --- George Fox University's men's and women's cross country teams kicked off their season at the 2015 Big Wave Invitational, Saturday afternoon.

The men competed against Alaska Anchorage, Hawaii Pacific, BYU-Hawaii and Chaminade, while the women took on all four teams listed above as well as Hawaii, Pacific and Hawaii-Hilo. The men had a strong showing, finishing third overall with a team time of 1:24.58.25, while the women placed sixth with a team time of 1:45.51.76.  

Top Performers:
The men ran a fantastic race, placing all five runners in the top 20. Freshman standout Ethan Patterson led the Bruins with a time of 16 minutes and 32 seconds to take eighth. Since Patterson finished in the top 10 he was among the individual award winners. Bryant Quinn placed 12th in 16:53.20, while Christian Parr finished 15th overall with a time of 17:03.99. Spencer Elmore placed 17th in 17:12.78, and Colin Atchison rounded out the scoring in 19th, running a time of 17:16.08. On the women's side, Tyra Beckman led the Bruins with a time of 20:06.07 to place 21st. Kayla Moore ran a time of 20:46.01 to take 30th, and Grace Ferguson finished 32nd with a time of 21:03.01. Taylor Suwa ran a time of 21:55.19 to take 41st, while McKenzie Young finished right behind her in 42nd to round out the scoring with a time of 22:01.48.

Head Coach Randy Dalzell's Thoughts:
"These are all NCAA DI and DII teams, so for the men to finish third and the women sixth was a nice start today. The men especially looked good, almost getting second with Ethan Patterson having a great first race and a tight pack of guys close behind. Our gap for runners one through five was only 44 seconds, which makes a good scoring team in bigger meets. Our men can be one of the better NCAA DIII teams in the western region if we keep performing like this and just do our work this fall. The ladies ran well, especially Tyra Beckman and Grace Ferguson as freshman, but our gap for runners one through five was 1:55, and we will need to tighten that up to be an even better scoring team in the bigger meets. Kayla Moore, Taylor Suwa, Raychel Clark and McKenzie Young have all run a little stronger in our training and the time trial than they did today. If all six or five of the six top runners put it together on the same day, we can score even better. We'll have to wait to Seattle in a few weeks to see if we can accomplish that."

Other Notable Performers:
For the Bruin men:
Josh Meyer (21st, 17:29.28)
Winter Tumbaga (25th, 18:07.74)

For the Bruin women:
Caitlin Kereszturi (43rd, 22:08.17)
Raychel Rojas (44th, 22:22.68)

What Comes Next:
The Bruins head to Seattle in two weeks to compete in the Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 19.