Oct 31, 2015

Bruins Finish Strong at NWC Championships

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

TACOMA, Wash. --- The Bruins, both the men and women's teams, turned in encouraging performances at the 2015 Northwest Conference Championships, held at Pacific Lutheran on Saturday afternoon. The women, paced by Kayla Moore, finished seventh with a 180 total; the men, led by freshman Josh Meyer, were sixth with a total score of 144.

In the women's 6k, Moore's 24:36, good for 24th overall, was the fastest time for the Bruins, but McKenzie Young and Taylor Suwa were not far behind. In fact, top-to-bottom, the Bruins saw a collection of excellent and consistent individual performances. Continuing a trend, Young, in 39th, and Suwa, in 40th, finished back-to-back. In fact, they finished just a second apart: Young ran a 25:14, and Suwa finished in 25:15.

Ashlee Vos was next, coming in at 43rd and running a 25:23. In 49th was Grace Ferguson, who ran a 25:39. Jenna Hills, in 65th, recorded a 26:21; behind her was another duo. In 68th, Alyssa Malech finished in 26:30, and Raychel Rojas, in 69th, ran a 26:37. Only seconds behind Rojas was Caitlin Kereszturi, whose 26:40 was good for 71st.

Whitworth finished first, with a total of 31; the top runner was Willamette's Olivia Mancl, who ran a 22:20.

For the men's 8k, freshman Josh Meyer was the quickest of an impressive group: his 27:38 earned him 23rd place. Close behind Meyer, separated only by seconds, was a trio of Bruins. Ethan Patterson, in 28th, ran a 27:53; Christian Parr, 29th, finished in 27:58 and narrowly edged out senior Bryant Quinn, who came in 30th at 27:59.

Colin Atchinson also had a good day, turning in a time of 28:07 and finishing 34th. Alex Lull, in 52nd, completed his run in 28:55, just beating out Spencer Elmore, awarded 54th with his time of 28:59. Seconds later, Winter Tumbaga finished with 29:01, good for 56th. Riley Bushnell's 31:10 earned him 76th.

The Bruins' team score of 144 was just five points behind fifth-place Pacific Lutheran. Willamette's total of 31 gave them first place. Puget Sound's Tyler Shipley's 25:48 came in first overall.

Head Coach Randy Dalzell's Thoughts:
"Our men ran a very good race with a tight pack and beat the #8 men's team in the west region (Linfield), so I was pleased with their efforts," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "Senior captain Bryant Quinn was running as our #1 and was in an all-conference spot (top 14) for almost the whole race and then had a little problem in the last 1000m, which moved him all the way back to our #4 guy around 30th place. Otherwise, we would have beaten at least one more team. Josh Meyer had his best race of the year and lead a great team effort overall. We are highly motivated to go on to regionals and show that we are a top 10 western region team."

"The women were in a uphill climb, as a couple of the team members were coming off being sick or injured, and one of our top ladies very sick (Rachel Rojas), but tried to race anyway and was far back of her usual spot. Kayla Moore ran a great race for having been sick all week and led the team with MacKenzie Young, Taylor Suwa, and Ashlee Vos also running very well not far behind."

"We are glad we have another opportunity to race at regionals with a healthier group as we know we were not at full strength today.  If we can get everyone healthy this coming week then we can have a much better overall result in two weeks down at regionals."

What Comes Next:
Qualifying runners will compete on November 14th at the NCAA West Regional meet at Occidental in Clairemont, California.