Graduating senior Beth Stam won a national championship in the javelin at the Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in May. Stam’s throw of 156 feet, 2 inches was a stadium record, more than 8 feet further than her nearest competitor and the No. 2 throw in school history. Stam also earned All-America honors at the event by finishing fourth in the heptathlon.
Kelsey Morrison was named Ping National Player of the Year in May after leading all NCAA Division III women golfers in scoring average (75.92)and winning eight of 11 regular-season tournaments. Morrison, who graduated in May with a degree in journalism, led her team to its fourth straight conference championship and a team-best fourth-place finish in the D-III national championships. Morrison finished second at nationals and earned First Team All-America honors for the second straight year.
On April 19, 62 high school seniors and their families showed up for the university’s inaugural Commitment Day. Student-athletes representing 13 different sports showed up to the event to announce their intention to attend George Fox in the 2013-14 academic year. The largest sport represented was the university’s new football program, which drew 29 commits. The day was designed to showcase and show appreciation for student-athletes who made the decision to attend George Fox, a Division III school that does not offer athletic scholarships. Visit georgefox.edu/recruits for student-athlete photos and bios.
Catcher Josh Rapacz earned Northwest Conference Player of the Year honors after leading the NWC in batting average (.450), slugging percentage (.690) and on-base percentage (.514). The junior was also named West Region Player of the Year and a First Team All-American by D3baseball.com.
The George Fox community celebrated the beginning of a new era of Bruin athletics on May 20 at a groundbreaking ceremony for Stoffer Family Stadium, the future home to George Fox football and track and field. Construction on the stadium – which will include the Duke Athletic Center, the synthetic-turf Lemmons Family Field, and grandstand facilities – is set to be completed in time for football to kick off in the fall of 2014. Visit georgefox.edu/StofferStadium to learn more about the stadium project.