Nov 12, 2016

Bruin Men Place 11th at Div. III West Regionals

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)

SALEM, Ore. --- The George Fox men's and women's cross country teams competed at the 2016 NCAA Division III West Regionals Saturday, as the men placed 11th and the women placed 16th.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the men's 8k with 43 points, while Occidental took second with 81 points. Pomona-Pitzer completed the podium with 93 points. As for the Northwest Conference, Willamette led the group at fifth, while Pacific Lutheran placed eighth. Lewis & Clark just edged the Bruins in 10th with 251 points. George Fox and Whitman both finished with 314 points, but the Bruins took the advantage in the tiebreaker with a 3-2 win in the Top five finishers.

Spencer Elmore led the way for the Bruins with a time of 27:56.3 to take 49th. Brendon Henkel was right behind Elmore at 51st with a time of a 27:58.3. Josh Meyer placed 66th with a time of 28:20.3. Rylan Larsen ran a time of 28:26.5 to take 73rd, while Christian Parr placed 75th with a time of 28:30.7. Colin Atchison ran a time of 28:42.8 to take 87th, and Romare Ashford placed 103rd with a 29:40.4.

Brad Hodkinson won the event with a time of 25:40.4. There were 122 runners on the men's side.

"Our goal this year was to finish in the Top 10 at Regionals," said head coach Randy Dalzell. "We just missed that mark, but we have a bright future as all seven runners return next year. We finished in the top half of our conference, and that's a big accomplishment in itself. We have some work ahead of us, but these guys are up for the challenge."

Meanwhile, on the women's side, Samantha McKibbon led the Bruins at 64th with a time of 24:56.1. Rachel Gibbs finished right behind her teammate at 63rd with a time of 24:56.1. Kayla Moore placed 71st with a time of 25:17.0. Jimena Pineda finished 92nd with a time of 25:59.8, while Grace Ferguson ran a 26:22.2 to take 97th. McKenzie Young placed 108th with a time of 27:29.2, and Lydia Gronseth ran a 27:49.2 to take 115th.

Maya Weigel of Pomona Pitzer won the 6k with a time of 21:33.8. There were 133 runners in the women's event.

"As for the women, we have all of them returning as well," said Dalzell. "It's nice to see them get the experience now, and we hope that growth continues for next year."