GFU track third at nationals
The George Fox University women's track team earned a share of third place at Division III nationals over the weekend, scoring 36 team points and claiming two individual national titles in the process. A few Bruins earned All-American honors as well thanks to their performances.
The competition took place at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, drawing in top competition in Division III from all four corners of the country.
A 4 x 100 team of sophomore Kennedy Taube, senior Sarah King, freshman Sydney Radigan and sophomore Sara Turner finished fourth with a time of 46.61 seconds. The run was the third-best all time at GFU and earned the team five points at nationals.
King picked up 10 points for the Bruins by winning an individual national title in the 400 with a school record time 54.68 seconds. She placed fifth in the 200 in 24.14, breaking her own school record in that event.
King was named an All-American as well, setting the tone for the women's team on a strong afternoon.
Taube finished sixth in the 100 in a school record 11.93 seconds, earning All-American honors along with three points for the team. GFU's 4 x 400 squad – which included King, junior Macadia Calavan, senior Annie Wright and sophomore Katie James – finished fifth in 3:46.87. Their time was the second-best in school history.
Wright also won a national title in the heptathlon, scoring 5,101 points to outdistance Caitlin Ubl of Williams College with 4,946 points. The performance marked the second national championship this year for Wright, who also garnered a DIII title in the women's indoor pentathlon.
For the men, freshman Cameron Seymour earned All-American status by finishing eighth in the long jump. Senior Jacoby Wolfe did the same in the high jump, placing seventh.
The GFU women's program is now up to 13 individual national champions all-time and eight for the men. The program boasts 130 All-Americans as well.
Indoor season begins in earnest for the Bruins in January. No rest for the weary as training continues for many of the athletes sticking with the program; GFU graduates nine seniors from the men's team and six from the women's team.
King and Wright leave behind championship legacies at GFU. Wolfe – a local native who graduated from Newberg High School in 2015 – capped off his collegiate career with a top-10 performance in his event.
Two other Newberg alums will return for the men's squad: junior Collin Alteneder in the throwing events and freshman Dave Smith in combined events. The women's team has two locals in freshman Ashley Korb-Doty (combined events) and C.S. Lewis Academy graduate Elizabeth Warren, a freshman sprinter.