Aug 31, 2018

Bruins Kick Off Season At Linfield Harrier Classic

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)

Photos Courtesy of Kelly Bird

MCMINNVILLE --- The George Fox men's and women's cross country teams opened up the 2018 season at the Linfield Harrier Classic Friday morning, as the men's team won its 6k meet and the women placed third out of four teams.


The Bruin men were in top form on the crisp Friday morning, running against Western Oregon and Oregon Tech. The Bruins placed their top five runners inside the top-10 for a final score of 27 points. Western Oregon placed second with 41 points, while Oregon Tech rounded out the scoring with 59 points.

Dillon Rising kicked off his collegiate career as the man in front for the Bruins, placing third with a time of 20:05.5. Peter Weiss also made a great debut for his first collegiate race with a fourth-place finish and a time of 20:06.6. Timothy Kaelin finished fifth for the Bruins with a time of 20:12.2, while Spencer Elmore ran a time of 20:15.4 and placed sixth.

As for the women, the Bruins recorded 75 points to finish third outside of Western Oregon and Oregon Tech. OIT won the 4k with 15 points, while Western Oregon scored 51 points and placed second. Linfield completed the team scoring with 111 points.

Abby Bitzenburg led the Bruins on the day as the top finisher with a time of 16:16.8. Bitzenburg finished 11th in the race but 10th in scoring. Lydia Gronseth finished with a time of 16:47.8 to place 16th, while Ashlee Van Den Top was right behind at 17th with a time of 16:48.8. Rianna Comery and Emma Moon completed the scoring for the Bruins with an 18th and 22nd place finish, respectively.

"It was a great meet overall for the team and we are excited to be back in competition mode," said John Smith. "Our freshmen really got after it in the men's race and we also had some great improvements by the returners.  The women performed well all around and we have some very nice results on both sides that show the work that was put in over the summer.  Both teams will continue to get better, and we are off to a great start with Collin Cram coaching."

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will run next in Washington at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15.