The George Fox University Cross Country team will be preparing this week for the Northwest Conference Championships on Nov. 2.
As the team trains for the big weekend meet, here is a recap of the season.
The bruin women are young and have been battling injuries through out the season, but have shown improvement despite the challenges. Returners and a strong group of freshman have helped the men stay consistent.
The team began competition at the Linfield Harrier Classic against Linfield College on Sep. 7. Both Fox teams placed second.
The warm sun of Honolulu welcomed George Fox at the Big Wave Invitational on Sep. 14. Though the team competed against two NCAA Division II programs, the men finished third out of five teams, and the women fourth out of six. Senior Joseph Pia finished fifth overall out of 43 runners and freshman Erin Sanders placed eighth out of 71.
At the Northwest Classic, Emily Painter led the Bruin women to a second place finish out of five teams on Sep. 20. Painter won the 5K-race with a time of 18:18, which placed her seventh in the Bruins’ all-time list for the 5,000-meter race. The men finished fourth out of six teams in their four-mile-race.
Both teams finished first at the Warner Pacific College Open on Oct. 5. In the men’s division, junior Kody Tarbell finished third overall and first for team with a time if 16:23.20. Sanders won the women’s division with a time of 19:36.80.
George Fox hosted an invitational at Willamette Mission State Park on Oct. 12. The men placed fourth in the 8K-race and the women finished fifth in the 5k. Pia posted the top time for the men with 26:06.1, followed by Tarbell with a time of 26:18.6. Sanders finished first for the women with a time of 19:09.0, followed my Sarah MacKenzie, Rachel Gibbs, and Kelly Toms.
Sanders and Pia received Bruin Athletic Club Women’s and Men’s Athlete of the Week honors for Oct. 7-13. Sanders was also named NWC Women’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week, while Pia received honorable mention for the Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the week award.