Sep 15, 2018

Men Win Second Event of 2018, Women Run Well In Tacoma

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 Seth Preuss

TACOMA, Wash. --- The George Fox men's and women's cross country teams continued their 2018 seasons at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15. The men's team won the 8K event, just edging their hosts, and the women finished sixth overall in the 6K race.


Seven Northwest Conference teams were entered in the 10-team field on the men's side of the invitational. The Bruin men just edged the hosting Lutes to take the top spot after two of their runners finished in the top 10 individually. Peter Weiss and Dillon Rising finished fifth and sixth, respectively, after both crossed the finish line in the 26th minute of the race. Five Bruins finished the race in the top 20 overall in a field of 93 competitors.

"It was a great opener for the men at the 8k distance," Coach John Smith said after the day's events wrapped up. "We had a really tight group of five, and the men are showing they can compete at a high level within the conference."

On the women's side of the event, the Bruins placed sixth in the ten-team field. Eight NWC teams took part in the event for the women. Ashlee Van Den Top finished in the top 20 runners with a time of 24:14.54. Lydia Gronseth finished just outside of the top 20 with a time of 24:20.51. Five of the Bruins' seven runners finished in the top half of the 92-runner field, and the Bruins were able to defeat three NWC teams in the field of 10.

"Our women also had a great showing and we are making improvements every week," Coach Smith said of the final results from the day. "It is awesome seeing everyone buying into the program and encouraging one another. This is what GFU athletics is all about!"

What Happens Next

The Bruins compete next at the Stanford Invitational in Pala Alto, Calif., on Sept. 29.