Nov 02, 2019

Bruin Men Make Successful Title Defense 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)
 

TACOMA --- The George Fox cross country team took to the road for the Northwest Conference championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, as the Bruins looked to defend their 2018 title on the men's side of the event.

Recap

A year removed from sharing the title with Pacific Lutheran in the 2018 championship, the Bruin men mounted a successful defense by winning the event outright in 2019 at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash.

The Bruin men took first after scoring 52 points as a team as the Bruins' top five finished fourth, fifth, 11th, 12th, and 20th in a great team grouping. The Bruins led by 19 points over the Lutes to claim the solo title and were nearly 40 points ahead of third-place Lewis & Clark in the final standings.

Timothy Kaelin led the way for the Bruins with a time of 25:35.3 in fourth overall and Peter Weiss was just behind in fifth at 25:42.3, while Trevor Wilber and Joshua Gibbs paced each other in 11th and 12th, respectively. Wilber crossed the finish line at 26:07.7 and Gibbs ran a time of 26:09.0.

Rylan Larsen came across the line in 20th at 26:43.6, Johnathan Guisinger finished in 28th at 26:55.2, and Spencer Sprague rounded out the Bruins' field of seven in 33rd overall out of 74 total runners after running a time of 27:11.0.

Interim head coach Bryant Quinn was honored by the conference office as the NWC Coach of the Year for leading the Bruins to their first solo NWC cross country title for either the men's or women's programs.

On the women's side, the Bruins finished ninth after coming seven points behind the eighth-place Loggers of Puget Sound.

Lydia Gronseth led the way for the Bruin pack in 25th after pacing out a time of 23:56.7 and Rianna Comery was just behind her in 30th overall after running a time of 24:04.3. Ashlee Van Den Top came through the tape in 34th at 24:12.3, Jessica Neal finished in 40th at 24:20.6, and Brenna Sclair rounded out the Bruins' five by finishing 52nd overall at 24:40.2.

What Happens Next

The Bruins await the NCAA West Regionals in Claremont, Calif., hosted by Pomona-Pitzer. Both teams will travel to take part in the Regional races on Saturday, Nov. 16.

 This article has been updated to reflect accurate times and official results from the NWC office.