2021 Cross Country and Track & Field Recruits

To be one of the best. It's the reason athletes compete at the NCAA Division III level. And at George Fox, athletes get the opportunity to pursue their passion for sports at a nationally ranked Christian college with a storied athletic tradition that includes both individual and team national championships.

We're excited about the quality of student-athletes who will join us for the 2021-22 academic year as we pursue our vision of being "the team to beat." In April, we hosted a virtual Commitment Day to celebrate their decision* and are proud to introduce our newest Bruins to you.

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Maliah Aldan

Name: Maliah Aldan

High School: Columbia Christian High School (Portland, Oregon)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): 100- and 200-meter dash; long jump; 4x100 relay

Height / Weight: 5-3

Intended Major:

Biology

Why I Chose George Fox:

This is a place that has a wonderful sense of community, and feels like a place where I could grow into the person I want to become!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I enjoyed having an organized lifestyle and thought it was fun to do at-home workouts.

Fun Fact:

I enjoy doing MMA and have been training for about two years. I have met multiple UFC fighters in person!

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Aidan Arthur

Name: Aidan Arthur

High School: Corvallis High School (Corvallis, Oregon) for athletics and Frontier Charter Academy for academics

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 6'1" / 150

Intended Major:

English

Why I Chose George Fox:

The academics, athletics and location were all appealing, and the combination of all three made it a great choice.
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Max Ashour

Name: Max Ashour

High School: Sherwood High School (Sherwood, Oregon)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): Sprints and Jumps

Height / Weight: 6'0" / 165

Intended Major:

Biology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the close-knit community and the academic and athletic excellence.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Bonsai. I’ve always been fascinated with it and I decided to give it a try. I'm currently growing and caring for a tiny cherry blossom tree.

Fun Fact:

One strange thing I’m particularly good at is juggling. My math teacher was the one who encouraged me to learn how to do it.
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Victoria Azar

Name: Victoria Azar

High School: La Salle Catholic College Preparatory (Oregon City, Oregon)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): 100 and 200 meter Sprints, Long Jump

Height / Weight: 5'2"

Intended Major:

Biology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because my cousin who attends was able to show me around the comfortable campus and tell me how she enjoys the academics and community events.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

During quarantine I picked up skateboarding. I feel very comfortable on a board now, although I only know one or two tricks at this point.

Fun Fact:

I have musical perfect pitch, which means I can identify a note just by listening to it and without any form of aid.
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Jessie Bailey

Name: Jessie Bailey

High School: Neuqua Valley High School (Naperville, Illinois)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 5'7"

Intended Major:

Biology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I loved the meaningful Christ-centered education that Fox holds itself to. I wanted to attend a school where I could grow in my faith as well as my education in biology. A large pull was going to school with like-minded people whom I can relate to in all aspects of my life, including spiritually.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

During COVID-19 I began to write letters to friends and family. While it is not a traditional hobby, I enjoyed finding a new way to connect with people in a world that felt very disconnected.

Fun Fact:

I have had surgery to remove my appendix twice.
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Daniel Caddick

Name: Daniel Caddick

High School: Desert Christian High School (Acton, California)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 6'0" / 140

Intended Major:

Civil Engineering

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because it is a Christian university that is big enough to have a good engineering program, but small enough that I could make its cross country team.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Rope climbing.

Fun Fact:

My family goes camping a lot, and I have been to most of the national parks in the Southwest.
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David Caddick

Name: David Caddick

High School: Desert Christian High School (Acton, California)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 6'1" / 145

Intended Major:

Civil Engineering

Why I Chose George Fox:

It is a relatively small Christian university that also has a hands-on engineering program.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Connect 4. It is a simple game, yet it is complicated enough that you have to think to find the right move.

Fun Fact:

My graduating class size is under 30 students.
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Mia Carroll

Name: Mia Carroll

High School: South Kitsap High School (Port Orchard, Washington)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 1,600 and 3,200 meters

Height / Weight: 5-1

Intended Major:

Biology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of its wonderful community and small campus, it’s close to home, and I get the opportunity to grow in my faith.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Ring-making by using beads and wire.

Fun Fact:

My favorite colors are pink and brown.
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Grant Ferguson

Name: Grant Ferguson

High School: Rex Putnam High School (Milwaukie, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 1,500 and 3K

Height / Weight: 5'11" / 140

Intended Major:

Accounting

Why I Chose George Fox:

It’s near and it’s a perfect fit for me.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Quading.

Fun Fact:

I love being outside and am very energetic.
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Annalise Gonzales

Name: Annalise Gonzales

High School: Rocklin High School (Rocklin, California)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 6K, 1,500, 800, 400, 4X4 relay

Height / Weight: 5'4"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

The cross country coach and athletes immediately welcomed me and made me feel at home on my visit to Fox. I am also a huge fan of the beautiful bridge on campus and the surrounding nature. Fox’s Be Known promise stuck out to me as a value ingrained in the school, which ensures that everyone has a voice and is known and supported by others. This promise makes me excited to grow as a person, as an athlete, and in my faith through being a part of Fox’s supportive family-like community!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

During COVID I decided to start making yummy fruit smoothie bowls to eat healthier and stop my ongoing cereal addiction.

Fun Fact:

I like to dance and I take hip hop classes with my cousin once a week.
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Kara Helland

Name: Kara Helland

High School: Home Schooled (Tualatin, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Long Distance

Height / Weight: 5'2"

Intended Major:

Business Management

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the Christian atmosphere and focus on serving others.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Geocaching.

Fun Fact:

I have a Christmas party on Halloween each year and give candy canes to trick or treaters!
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Emily Hickman

Name: Emily Hickman

High School: Temecula Valley High School (Temecula, California)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 5'4"

Intended Major:

Biology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because I fell in love with the campus and the size of the school; it felt very homey and comfortable. The atmosphere of the school was very welcoming, and everyone was so nice. As we walked around it seemed like everyone knew each other. I really like that it's a smaller school because it makes it feel even more like a family.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I made quilts. I made three total because it was really time consuming, but it was fun.

Fun Fact:

My favorite animal is the frog, and I have a pet dumpy tree frog named “Pineapple.”
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Dallas Hutchins

Name: Dallas Hutchins

High School: Crook County High School (Prineville, Oregon)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): Triple and Long Jump

Height / Weight: 5'6"

Intended Major:

Elementary Education

Why I Chose George Fox:

I love the environment/campus and have heard that the elementary education program is one of the best!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Upcycling clothing and embroidery!

Fun Fact:

I absolutely love waking up early to watch sunrises!
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Shelby Larson

Name: Shelby Larson

High School: Sisters High School (Sisters, Oregon)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): Pole Vault

Height / Weight: 5-7

Intended Major:

Undecided

Why I Chose George Fox:

I believe Fox is the perfect place for me to get an education, compete in track and field, and grow in my faith!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Playing kendama (poorly!).

Fun Fact:

I am the student body president of Sisters High School.
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Kanoelani Lindo

Name: Kanoelani Lindo

High School: Kamehameha Schools (Kapalama, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): Middle Distances

Height / Weight: 5'8"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I was looking to attend a small Christian college with a warm and welcoming environment.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I have been doing Diamond Dots.
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Emily Nash

Name: Emily Nash

High School: South Medford High School (Medford, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 5'4"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I love the environment, and everyone seemed so positive and happy!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I started playing sand volleyball. It is super fun!

Fun Fact:

I am the oldest of four kids. :)
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Jenna Neal

Name: Jenna Neal

High School: Central Linn High School (Brownsville, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 5'9"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I love the Christ-centered community, the “Be Known” promise, and I am very excited about joining the nursing program.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Baking and painting.

Fun Fact:

I don’t like potatoes.
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Ariel Olvera-Kovacic

Name: Ariel Olvera-Kovacic

High School: Ramona High School (Ramona, California)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 1,500 and 800 meters

Height / Weight: 5'5"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I have the opportunity to compete on the cross country and track team while majoring in nursing. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and living in a new state!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

No hobby … just a TikTok addiction.

Fun Fact:

I love cooking and am vegan!
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Adam Petersen

Name: Adam Petersen

High School: Capital High School (Olympia, Washington)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 8K, 5K; 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters

Height / Weight: 5-11 / 135

Intended Major:

Civil Engineering

Why I Chose George Fox:

I am impressed by the amazing and caring atmosphere of the campus and the men’s cross country team and coach.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Working and video games.

Fun Fact:

I was born with a missing rib. Guess that’s why I’m named Adam.
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Skylar Pires

Name: Skylar Pires

High School: Otay Ranch Senior High School (Chula Vista, California)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 5'5"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the welcoming community, the Be Known promise, and the green surroundings!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

During quarantine I started to cook and bake a lot more with my Mom and family.

Fun Fact:

I played soccer for 11 years and have two younger sisters.
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Sarah Pullen

Name: Sarah Pullen

High School: Tillamook High School (Tillamook, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 1,500 and 3,000 meters

Height / Weight: 5'1"

Intended Major:

Kinesiology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because it offers an amazing program for physical therapy. On top of that, it is a Christian-based school, and I feel like I will be able to thrive in my major all while building my faith here. The biggest factor that helped me decide on this school is that it relies so heavily on your relationship with God and tying it into your education, because "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

During COVID-19 I picked up the hobby of bullet journalism. Bullet journalism is where you get a journal and create your own calendars, lists, and cover pages. It is super fun; I even use it to write down notes during Bible studying.

Fun Fact:

My favorite animal is a golden retriever, and I hope to have one when I am older that will be able to run with me and be my fur best friend.
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Andrew Ross

Name: Andrew Ross

High School: Snoqualmie High School (Snoqualmie, Washington)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 6'0" / 145

Intended Major:

Engineering

Why I Chose George Fox:

I want to run cross country and track for the glory of God, and George Fox is the perfect place for me to do so.

Fun Fact:

I am a Spikeball master.
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Kaley Schneider

Name: Kaley Schneider

High School: Lakeview High School (Lakeview, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distance

Height / Weight: 5'5"

Intended Major:

Elementary Education

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because the campus is beautiful and it felt like home. I loved that all of the admissions counselors and coaches were willing to take the time to answer all of my questions. It knew it would be a great place to make new friends, develop close-knit relationships with my team, and grow closer in my relationship with God. I can't wait to make it my home for the next four years! :)

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

My sister taught me how to crochet, and I made a giant blanket! I am currently working on my second one!

Fun Fact:

I love all things Disney and Pixar, and know a ton of trivia about it!

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Ryan Scholtes

Name: Ryan Scholtes

High School: Vacaville High School (Vacaville, California)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 6'0" / 144

Intended Major:

Engineering

Why I Chose George Fox:

George Fox is a small school with a Christian worldview that has an excellent engineering program and a solid running program.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I wouldn't say I picked up any hobbies, but I started to enjoy running more. Since I was running on my own for a bit of the pandemic, going on relaxed runs with my friends made me appreciate my sport more.
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Josiah Sohus

Name: Josiah Sohus

High School: Lake Mead Christian Academy (Henderson, Nevada)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 8K, 800 meters and 1,600 meters

Height / Weight: 5'8" / 142

Intended Major:

Mechanical Engineering

Why I Chose George Fox:

I wanted to receive a high-quality education, in a Christian environment, and be able to participate in athletics.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I got a new mountain bike and started biking.

Fun Fact:

I jumped out of a plane for my 18th birthday.
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Ryin Streeter

Name: Ryin Streeter

High School: Ponderosa High School (Shingle Springs, California)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight: 5'7"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I felt so welcomed and loved by everyone I met when I stepped on campus.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I started paddle boarding and wake surfing a lot!

Fun Fact:

I am the senior vice president of my high school.
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Grace Tully

Name: Grace Tully

High School: Westside Christian High School (Portland, Oregon)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): Pole Vault

Height / Weight: 5'9"

Intended Major:

Biomedical Engineering

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the way it integrates faith with academics.

Fun Fact:

A fun fact about me is that, before I started pole vaulting, I was a level-10 gymnast!
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Courtney VanGiesen

Name: Courtney VanGiesen

High School: Oak Harbor High School (Oak Harbor, Washington)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): N/A

Height / Weight: 5'10"

Intended Major:

Kinesiology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I love the location and unique opportunities the school has to offer.
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Lexi Watson

Name: Lexi Watson

High School: Klahowya Secondary School (Silverdale, Washington)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): Sprinter

Height / Weight: 5'6"

Intended Major:

Psychology and Biblical Studies

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the faith-based community.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Reading my Bible.

Fun Fact:

My nickname is “SWEETS”.
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Abigail Weber

Name: Abigail Weber

High School: Crater School of Business, Innovation and Science (Central Point, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): Runner

Height / Weight: 5'6"

Intended Major:

English

Why I Chose George Fox:

I wanted a Christian-based school that would help me excel academically and allow me to continue running.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I learned how to write in calligraphy and made tons of cards.

Fun Fact:

My go-to daily snack is pretzels and Goldfish.
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Ethan Whalen

Name: Ethan Whalen

High School: McNary High School (Keizer, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 8K (cross country) and 5K (track)

Height / Weight: 5'11" / 145

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the great direct-entry nursing program as well as the amazing cross country and track teams.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I started reading books in biology, especially surrounding the topic of NAD+, anti-aging, and other related fields.

Fun Fact:

I love to wake surf.
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Allison Wilber

Name: Allison Wilber

High School: Bend Senior High School (Bend, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 800 and 1,500 meters

Height / Weight: 5'2"

Intended Major:

Kinesiology

Why I Chose George Fox:

 I chose George Fox because of the friendly environment and team culture.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Playing the drums.

Fun Fact:

I love listening to music.
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Brandon Williams

Name: Brandon Williams

High School: East Linn Christian Academy (Lebanon, Oregon)

Sport(s): Cross Country and Track and Field

Position(s): 5,000 (cross country); 1,500, 3,000 and 4X400 meters (track)

Height / Weight: 5'8 ¾" / 150

Intended Major:

Accounting

Why I Chose George Fox:

From what I've heard and seen, it's an amazing school, and their faculties are top-notch. The people that I have met with thus far are super outgoing on my behalf, and act like I've been going to that school for years. George Fox is also one of the first schools that took notice of my running abilities.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Not the most active new hobby, though it didn't last very long because I don't like most TV shows. I got Netflix and watched a few TV shows. Cobra Kai was the only one I really enjoyed. Most TV shows I think are just dumb and a waste of time, but that's just my opinion. So yeah, that new “hobby” didn't last very long.

Fun Fact:

My family and I moved to Oregon from California on Aug. 1, 2012.
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Alison Young

Name: Alison Young

High School: Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, California)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): Pole Vault

Height / Weight: N/A

Intended Major:

Kinesiology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I want to pursue my education and career goals while strengthening my faith, forming relationships, experiencing a whole new environment, and being known for a change. My faith has always meant so much to me, and I’m excited for George Fox to help me make the most of it. And I’m a Bruin, mom! Not a UCLA Bruin like you … but still a Bruin! 

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I have picked up some gymnastics again! It’s only once a week, but muscle memory is still there eight years later.

Fun Fact:

I was a competitive gymnast for eight years.
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* Student-athletes listed on this page have accepted George Fox University's written offer of admission and/or financial aid. George Fox University is a member of the NCAA Div. III.