Aug 31, 2019

Men Win, Women Take Third at Big Wave Invitational

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)

OAHU, Hawaii --- The George Fox men's and women's cross country teams opened their seasons at the Big Wave Invitational Saturday, as the men ran to win and the women placed third overall.


The men got off on the right foot with 25 points to claim the 5k team title. Eights Bruins finished in the top 10 in a field of 23 runners as junior Timothy Kaelin made a team-high third-place finish (16:30.00).

Close behind was Peter Weiss finished fourth overall at 16:37.00, and senior Josh Gibbs had the third-best team time of 16:51.00. Dillon Rising posted a mark of 16:56.00 for sixth, while freshmen Spencer Sprague and Cole Thomas clocked in within seconds of each other at 17:01.00 (seventh) and 17:03.00 (eighth), respectively.

Crossing the line at 17:07.00 was Johnathan Guisinger before Caleb Giesbrecht rounded out the Bruins top-10 finishers at 17:21.00. Also cracking the top 20 was Ryan Larsen (12th), Noah Rossi (15th), and Caleb Giesbrecht (16th).

On the women's side, Brenna Sclair paced the pack in her collegiate debut, leading the Bruins to a third-place team finish. The freshman ran the women's 5k in 20:32.00, which was good for 22nd overall in a field of 65. The next runner to cross the line would be Ashley Van Den Top, who turned in a time of 20:43.00. 

Amanda Bays finished 29th with a mark of 21:22.00 and Rianna Comery placed 32nd at 21:39.00. Rounding out the front half of the field for the Bruins was freshman Jessica Neal who finished with a time of 21:46.00.

Also placing in the top 50 were Lydia Gronseth (41st), Emma Moon (44th), and Amarie Miller (50th).

BYU claimed the team crown with 15 points.

What Comes Next: 

The Bruins return to action on September 6 when they compete in the Ash Creek Invitational hosted by Western Oregon University.