Sep 06, 2019

Men Race to Third, Women Ninth at 2019 Ash Creek 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)
 

MONMOUTH, Ore. --- The cross country programs competed in Western Oregon's 2019 Ash Creek Invitational on Friday, resulting in a third-place finish for the men and ninth-place for the women.

Recap:

The men's team earned their first Top 3 finish of the season with 129 points, finishing behind Oregon and Lane (Ore.) in the final scores. The men's 6k featured 132 runners from 15 teams.

"They started in the upper middle of the race, and then ran down their competition, getting stronger as the race went on," noted coach Bryant Quinn on how the men competed. "By the end, the whole group was flying through the finishing chute. Energy and morale are high and we can't wait to get on the line again.

Timothy Kaelin turned in the Bruins top time of 18:44.4 for a 12th-place finish overall.

Josh Gibbs, Johnathan Guisinger, and Trevor Wilber ran as a pack to finish in 20th, 26th, and 29th. Gibbs crossed at 19:14.9, Guisinger ran a 19:34.5, and Wilber wasn't too far behind at 19:41.8. The pair of freshmen Noahs also decided to stick together as Noah Elwell finished 59th and Noah Rossi came in 62nd.

Meanwhile, in the women's 4k, the Bruins scored 200 points to take ninth place. GFU ranked above Corban, Concordia-Portland, and Umpqua CC in a 12-team field.

Brenna Sclair was Fox's highest finisher and continues to dominate in her debut season. The freshman punched in at 16:20.3 and finished 20th overall in a field of 133 runners.

Freshman Jessica Neal and sophomore Amanda Bays finished 31st and 35th with Neal crossing at 16:35.2 and Bays at 16:46.0. Emily Bruns grabbed a time of 17:32.5 good for 60th with Olivia Nygreen right on her heels at 17:32.6 (61st). Amarie Miller and Bailey Sherwood finished 63rd and 75th, respectively.

Coach Rachel Gibbs was very pleased with the team's showing and their ability to work together early on. "Everyone worked hard in the preseason, so it's exciting to see that hard work paying off."

What Comes Next:

The cross country teams are off until September 21 when they travel to Pacific Lutheran for the PLU Invitational.