Bruins spear another title
Joel Krebs (So., Salem, Ore.) captured the Bruins' second national javelin title in four years with a throw of 198 feet, 18 inches at the NCAA Division III track and field championships May 26 is Oshkosh, Wis. Krebs joined Matt Gassaway, the 2004 national javelin champion, as Bruins who have won individual titles in the school's eight years as an NCAA member.
“I was in shock — it took a couple of hours for it to set in,” Krebs said of winning the event. “I wanted to treat it like any other meet. I tried to stay relaxed and not worry about the fact we were throwing in terrible conditions. It was just pouring.”
Krebs accomplished the feat despite missing most of the season with an arm injury. “He was third at nationals last year, so we knew he had potential, but we weren’t sure what to expect,” coach John Smith said. “He’d only been throwing about three or four weeks before the conference meet.”
Krebs won despite being a relative newcomer to the sport. He didn’t even throw javelin in high school. “I saw him in an intramural football game and was impressed by his arm,” Smith says.
The coach asked Krebs to consider joining track. “At first I wasn’t too sure about it,” Krebs said. “But I had a roommate on the team, and coach seemed to think I had a decent arm, so I gave it a shot.”
At the Northwest Conference championships, the Bruin women finished second and the men fifth. NWC women champions were Rachel Giffey-Brohaugh (Jr., Renton,Wash.) in the 800, Victoria Black (Sr., Baker City, Ore.) in the pole vault, and Katie Alaimo (Jr., The Dalles, Ore.) in the long jump. For the men, Krebs won the javelin, Ryan Forbes (So., Jackson,Wyo.) the decathlon, and JakeMoe (Sr., Anchorage, Alaska) the steeplechase.
Baseball hits 30 again
Following the best start in school history and a No. 5 national ranking, the baseball team recorded its seventh 30-win season.
Patrick Bailey hit a
school record 22
doubles this season
Led by Northwest Conference Player of the Year right fielder Dan Wentzell (Sr. Tualatin, Ore.) the Bruins won their first 14 games and were 19-1 at the season halfway point. Advancing to its sixth NCAA playoff appearance in the last eight years, the team was eliminated by West Coast rival Chapman University, the No. 2 ranked team in NCAA Div. III. George Fox finished 30-11, its 12th straight winning season under head coach Pat Bailey. The Bruins were nationally ranked in batting average (.346) pitching ERA (.365), and fielding percentage (.970).
A dozen Bruins earned all-Northwest Conference honor. Wentzell earned D3baseball.com First Team All-America. First baseman Bryan Donohue (Sr., Gresham, Ore.) was D3baseball.com Second Team All-America. Second baseman Patrick Bailey (So., Highland, Utah. unrelated to the coach) set a new single-season record for doubles (22).
Men tee off
The university's NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program continues to grow with the addition of a men's golf team this fall.
Men's golf will be the 15th intercollegiate sport and seventh men's sport offered by George Fox. The university added a women's golf team in the fall of 2006. The Bruin's home course will be the new Chehalem Glenn Gold Course in Newberg, which opened in the summer of 2005. THe collegiate golf season is played in both the fall and spring semesters.
The university is seeking an associate head coach for the program. MaryJo McCloskey, coach of the university's women's golf team, will serve as coordinator for both programs.
Other intercollegiate men's sports sponsored by the university include soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track and field. George Fox spronsors eight women's sports: volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, softball, golf, tennis, and track and field.
George Fox will be the ninth and final team in the Northwest Conference to offer men's gold. Other Northwest Conference schools are Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Pacific University, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, Whitworth College, and Willamette University.