Nov 20, 2019

Bruins Make History In Second Straight Championship Season, Bright Future Ahead

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)
 

NEWBERG --- The George Fox cross country program finished its 2019 season on a high note after running well at the 2019 NCAA West Regional hosted in Claremont, Calif., by Pomona-Pitzer.

The Bruins were picked to finish first on the men's side of the program by other coaches in the Northwest Conference and the women's program was slotted in at seventh in the preseason standings.

After a great initial showing at the Big Wave Invitational in Hawai'i and another strong race at Western Oregon's Ash Creek Invitational, the Bruins were hit by several injuries to key runners in both programs. Losing runners like Emma Moon and Dillon Rising hurt the Bruins' team finishes in the middle of the season, but it provided openings for growth from within as other Bruins stepped up claim the front runner spots.

The Bruins placed well on the men's side in each of their following meets leading up to the Northwest Conference Championship race, and on race day for the NWC title the men's team exceeded expectations by winning the championship outright by 19 points with a great team grouping.

The women's team continued its growth throughout the year and finished in ninth at the NWC meet. While the Bruins did not meet their initial expected place at the NWC meet, they did show overall team growth throughout the season while battling the injury bug. Their final race at the NCAA regional was a bounce-back as they surged passed Willamette with solid efforts from Brenna Sclair, Lydia Gronseth, Rianna Comery, Jessica Neal, Amarie Miller, and Emily Bruns.

In 2018, the Bruins had made history by sharing the title with Pacific Lutheran – in 2019, the Bruins made history again by clinching the solo share of their second straight title. Interim co-head coach Bryant Quinn was named the male NWC Coach of the Year for leading the Bruins to their first solo crown, while Timothy Kaelin, Peter Weiss, Trevor Wilber, and Joshua Gibbs were each honored as All-NWC runners for finishing in the top 14 of the field.

The Bruin men capped the season with a seventh place finish at the NCAA West Regional and snagged two more honors for the season after Weiss and Wilber finished in the top 35 of the field. The top-35 finishes secured All-West Region honors for the pair, making them the first Bruins to earn such an honor since Quinn captured the same award in his senior year as a Bruin runner in 2015.

Between the solid growth demonstrated in-season, the training opportunities upcoming in the offseason, and a solid recruiting class, the Bruin cross country program appears to be headed solidly in the right direction with a bright future in 2020 and beyond.