Sep 19, 2015

Another Strong Showing For Cross Country

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

By: Ryan Lackey

SEATTLE, Wash. --- The Bruins had a good showing at the Sundodger Open in Seattle on Saturday, facing some of the best-quality competition in the Pacific Northwest.

The women finished in 19th, ahead of Northwest Conference competitors Lewis & Clark and Pacific Lutheran.

"Our ladies ran very well today and beat one of the top 10 rated west region teams," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "We made our 1-5 gap much smaller than it was at the first race. That was one of our goals and it really helped our team scoring.  Our next goal is to get the whole group to continue to move up together and pick off some more rated regional teams."

One spot above, the men finished in 18th, beating out both Seattle Pacific and Lewis & Clark.

"The men also knocked off a top 10 west region team and were looking great through 3 miles," said Dalzell. "When we get all 5-6 of the top guys running a good race together, we will have the potential to beat a number of the other west region top rated teams, but we have to have a total team effort to do that."

Freshman Tyra Beckman led the women with a 23:49, finishing in 108th. Close behind her were Kayla Moore, at 23:57, and Taylor Suwa, who ran 24:13. Grace Ferguson and Ashlee Voss, both freshmen, ran sub-25, as did McKenzie Young, Raychel Clark, Emma Bidwell. Soon after were Caitlin Kereszturi, Jenna Hills, Alyssa Malech, and Allison Dalzell.

In the men's 8k, Christian Parr was quickest Bruin with a 26:44, good for 106th. Josh Meyer and Colin Atkinson finished back-to-back at 113th and 114th, both under 27 minutes. Ethan Patterson, Bryant Quinn, and Spencer Elmore all finished under 28 minutes. Freshman Winter Tumbaga ran a 28:19, and senior Alex Lull recorded a 28:46. Riley Bushnell, Jonathan Coleman, Chris Polk, and Zach Bibb rounded out the men's group.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins' next race is scheduled for Oct. 3, the Chuck Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette University.