SANTA CRUZ, Calif. Leading wire to wire, the George Fox University womens golf team bested a strong field to capture the University of Santa Cruz Spring Invitational Saturday and Sunday at the Pacific Grove Golf Links.
It was the Bruins third tournament title of the season, which was sweetened by the fact that Sydney Maluenda rallied from a five-stroke deficit after day one to earn medalist honors.
No. 14 George Fox led No. 12 Redlands by three strokes after the opening round, but shaved nine strokes off its team score Sunday to finish at 623, good enough for a six-stroke victory.
Maluenda followed up her opening round 77 with a 73 on Sunday to best Hannah Durette of Redlands, who fired rounds of 76 and 77, by three strokes.
Bruin Loreece Magsanide shared second place by firing rounds of 76 and 77, with Madison Perry tying for sixth at 159 and Hailey Ostrom tying for 11th at 161. Whitney Jammerman completed the Bruin fivesome with a 174 to tie for 34th. Competing as individuals for the Bruins were Melissa Nugent, who carded a 163 to share 17th, and Kirbi Havemann who tied for 38th at 180.
Rounding out the field in the team competition, No. 20 Carleton College took third with 641 and was followed by Whitworth University (664), Willamette University (676), host Cal-Santa Cruz at (697), Pacific Lutheran University (699) and Whittier College at (734).
This was a great victory for our team, GFU coach MaryJo McCloskey said. We were paired against two ranked teams both days who kept the pressure on us the entire time. I was really pleased with how our players handled it. We started out a little slow this morning, but quickly gained some great momentum mid-round that continued on to the end. What made this extra-special was that this was the programs 40th victory since starting up eight years ago.
The Bruins will join the rest of the Northwest Conference in the NWC Spring Classic Saturday and Sunday at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Wash.
Track and Field
Westmont Classic Rachael Adkins moved into a tie for the NCAA Division III lead in the womens triple jump by clearing 38 feet, 1.5 inches. Her jump won the event and put her at No. 2 on the all-time GFU list. Alyssa Turner was third in the 400 hurdles (1:02.03) to move into second place nationally. The 4 x 400 relay team of Kraske, Katie Dyk, Kylie Weatherford and Turner came in second with a time of 3:56.99, which is now second in the nation and first in the conference.
George Fox 1-6, Whitworth 0-8 Erin Hento allowed three hits to earn the shutout in the opener, with the Bruins getting their only run on a bases-loaded walk in the third. In the nightcap, the Pirates jumped out to an 8-0 lead and George Foxs comeback fell short.
Whitworth 5-10, George Fox 0-4 The Pirates racked up double-digit hits in both contests. The Bruins connected for two hits in the opener and could not hold early 3-0 and 4-2 leads in the night cap.
George Fox 8-10, Lewis & Clark 1-4 The Bruins won a pair on Hood View Parks artificial surface to make up a pair of games that had been rained out. Kat Hylton was the offensive catalyst for the Bruins in the opener as she went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Felicia Chavez hit her second gram slam home run of the season to cap an eight-run first inning onslaught that effectively put the game out of reach.
Colorado Mesa 16, George Fox 6 The Bruins stayed close to NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa University for 20 minutes before the visiting Mavericks pulled away in the second half. Alexa Nakashimada scored three times for George Fox, which also got two scores from Jessica Adrian.