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Timeline

George Fox's track and field program enjoyed another historic season in 2012 when Alexis Arnold claimed a national title in the heptathlon and the women's team won a second straight Northwest Conference championship.

These were just the latest exploits for a program that has produced four NCAA national champions in the last decade. Following is a look back at some of the program's highlights over the years ...

2012

Alexis Arnold wins a NCAA D-III national championship in the heptathlon with a score of 4,456 points. Her efforts help the women’s team repeat as Northwest Conference champions.

2011

Irene Johnson wins NCAA D-III national title in 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.51 seconds. She also has a hand in helping the Bruins end Willamette’s nine-year reign as conference team champion.

2007

Coach John Smith takes over the program from retiring Wes Cook, who had served as head coach since 1988.

2007

Joel Krebs wins a NCAA D-III national title in the javelin with a throw of 60.57 meters.

2004

Matt Gassaway wins a NCAA D-III national championship in javelin with a throw of 65.8 meters.

2000

The George Fox women reign as Northwest Conference track champions.

1997

George Fox athletics moves from the NAIA to NCAA Division III. The track teams compete as members of the NAIA through 1999 (and as dual members with the NCAA from 1996 to 1999).

1997

Nancy (Rissmiller) Wilson wins her second straight NAIA championship in the high jump.

1997

Becci Harper wins her straight straight NAIA javelin championship.

1995

The George Fox men’s and women’s teams win Cascade Collegiate Conference track crowns.

1992

George Fox’s women win an NAIA District 2 team championship.

1992

Jill (Jamison) Beals wins her third NAIA national 10,000-meter championship ('89, '91, '92).

1989

Tim Hagen sets a District 2 high jump record with a leap of 7 feet.

1987

Longtime mentor Rich Allen coaches his final season. He began coaching track at George Fox in 1970.

1984-85

Paula Wittenberg finishes second in the national NAIA discus competition – and wins All-American honors both years.

1981

Coach Rich Allen is inducted into the NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame – the only GFC coach to accomplish the honor in any sport.

1980

The George Fox men win a second straight NAIA District 2 title. Meanwhile, the GFC women repeat as champions of the Women’s Conference of Independent Colleges.

1979

NAIA All-American honors go to Dave McDonald (pole vault), Curt Ankeny (marathon), Eb Buck (decathlon), Steve Blikstad (steeplechase) and Chad Neely (hurdles).

1979

Steve Blikstad wins an NAIA championship in the steeplechase.

1977

Gregg Griffin takes fourth at the NAIA national meet in the 100 meters, clocking a time of 10.6 seconds.

1976

The George Fox track, originally composed of cinder, is converted to rubber – the start of renovations that included construction of the Wheeler Sports Center.

1975

Eb Buck finishes second in the decathlon and fourth in the javelin at the NAIA national meet.

1973

Curt Ankeny is named NAIA regional athlete of the year for all sports.

1971

The year records fall: Ken Bell sets a district six-mile record; Eb Buck sets two district decathlon records; Dave Olstad (10K) and Steve Blikstad (5K) set district NAIA records; and the 400-meter relay team of Mark Reynolds, Werner Seibert, Monte Anders and Greg Griffin sets a school record.

1969

Bob Hadlock takes third in the NAIA for shot put at 55 feet, earning All-American honors, and Dave McDonald pole vaults 15 feet, 8 inches to finish third at nationals and earn All-American recognition.

1968

Bob Hadlock takes third in the NAIA national shot put championship while Cal Ferguson wins a conference triple jump championship and gets third at nationals.

1966

A new track is built with seating for 1,500. The original plan for a 220-yard straightaway is decided against.

1965

GFC joins the Oregon Collegiate Conference. It also joins the NAIA in 1964-65.

1964

Janet (Johnson) McClurg wins the 100- and 220-yard dashes at the U.S. Track and Field Federation meet.

1916

Athletes Frank Colcord and Harold Hinshaw direct a gymnasium repair crew after the building (constructed from two barns 21 years earlier) has been worn down. Colcord later became the namesake of the school’s track on campus.

1905

Roy Heater, an elite athlete in basketball, football and track, beats the world-record-holder at the 1905 Amateur Athletic Union Championships to win the pole vault competition.

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