Three Bruins collect All-America honors at indoor nationals
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Paced by All-American performances by Annie Wright, Sarah King and Dakota Buhler, the George Fox University women's track and field team tied for 11th place at the NCAA Division III indoor track and field national championships Friday and Saturday.
Wright got the Bruins going Friday with a second-place effort in the pentathlon, scoring 3,611 points to break Charity Arn's school record from 2014.
The junior was seeded eighth entering the meet, but opened the competition by placing fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.25), setting a new PR in the high jump (5-0.25) and winning the shot put (41-2.5).
She added a sixth-place showing in the long jump (16-11.25) and took third in last event, the 800 meters, in 2:21.93.
Buhler added to the team total with an eighth-place effort Saturday in the women's triple jump, clearing 38-5.5 to earn All-American status at the indoor meet for the second consecutive year.
Sarah King boosted George Fox's team scoring by placing third in the 400, breaking her own school record by crossing in 55.24, and fifth in the 200 (25.06). She became the school's first ever two-time All-American on the same day at the indoor championships.
The Bruins finished with 19 points to finish in a tie for 11th with M.I.T. and was the top-placing team from the Northwest Conference, while UMass Boston (46) won the national title over Williams (37).
Freshmen Kennedy Taube and Sara Turner also competed for the GFU women, narrowly missing the finals in the women's 60 meter.
Taube posted a time of 7.74 to place ninth, missing out by 0.01 seconds, and Turner ran a time of 7.76 to tie for 11th.
Jacoby Wolfe was the lone male to compete for the Bruins, finishing 11th in the men's high jump after topping out at 6-7.5.
GFU's outdoor season began last week at the Linfield Icebreaker.