Nov 14, 2015

Bruins Post Strong Showing in Regionals, Claim Individual Honor

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)

By: Ryan Lackey

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The Bruins came away from the 2015 NCAA West Regionals at Occidental College with excellent performances both individually and as a unit. The men finished 13th overall, while the women placed 14th. However, while any Bruin runner will emphasize the importance of running as a team, a few standout runners were noteworthy.

Going into the regionals, Bryant Quinn, one of just two seniors on the men's team, knew that the meet would likely be his last. Quinn, whose four years running for the Bruins makes him by far their most experienced runner, was coming off a conference meet for which he ran a solid race but slowed in the last mile.

 "Last time, Bryant faded a little," said head coach Randy Dalzell, "but this time he caught people in the last mile and a half."

Quinn certainly did catch people, surging in the race's final length, the final length of his final race, to finish in 26:51, move into 33rd overall and claim an All-Regional spot for the Bruins. What's more, among runners from the Northwest Conference, Quinn finished 11th, a marked improvement from his results at the conference meet.

"It's a wonderful way for him to go out, running his best race in his last race as a Bruin, his senior year," said Dalzell.

Behind Quinn came freshman Josh Meyer, who, unlike the grizzled Quinn, is just beginning his career. Mayer capped off an impressive freshman campaign by placing 41st, running a 27:16 – a laudable result, certainly, and it was very nearly even better.

"Josh Meyer held an All-Regional spot up until the last half mile or so. He was ahead of Bryant," said Dalzell. "A couple other guys basically outsprinted him, but as a freshman, that's really exciting."

The rest of the Bruins' youth movement also turned in good performances in the competitive atmosphere of regionals. Freshman Ethan Patterson, in 76th, ran a 28:09. After him were a pair of sophomores: Christian Parr, in 86th, finished in 28:31, and Colin Atchinson's 28:37 earned him 90th.

Senior Alex Lull placed 104th with a 29:18. Freshman Spencer Elmore was just behind in 106th; Elmore ran a 29:21.

The men totaled an overall score of 322. Clairemont-Mudd-Scripps, with a 51, took first.

Overall, regionals proved a good day for the men, but Dalzell emphasized that, with a continued focus on teamwork and cohesion, the best could lie ahead.

"If we run as a team, we can get even better," said Dalzell. "Linfield, who finished seventh in the region, at conference, we ran as a team and beat them."

The women also fared well in regionals, led, as they have been all season, by standout sophomore Kayla Moore.

"Kayla had a PR today," said Dalzell, "which is very exciting. She ran very well."

Moore paced the Bruins with a 23:45, good for 49th. Yet another young Bruin, Moore seems poised to led the women as she enters her junior year.

Behind Moore, the women did well to run as a unit. Freshman McKenzie Young, with a 24:46, and junior Taylor Suwa, with a 24:47, finished back-to-back in 76th and 77th. Two more freshmen were just behind: Grace Ferguson, who ran a 24:57, was 83rd, and Ashlee Vos, who posted a 25:04, took 85th.

Two sophomores rounded out the field for the women. Raychel Rojas was 99th and ran a 25:36.With a 26:11, Jenna Hills placed 109th.

The women's 365 total was good for 14th. Willamette took first with a 64.

What It Means:
The Bruins enter their offseason on a positive note.

What Comes Next:
Having enjoyed a successful season, the Bruins look ahead to next year. Loaded with young, talented runners, the Bruins' prospects seem sunny.