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Bruins lead at Northwest Conference multi-events meet


GFU sports round-up — Charity Arn and Maria Green sit 1-2 in heptathlon after day one of contest

SALEM — Continuing its tradition of getting a jump start on the Northwest Conference championships, the George Fox women’s track and field team is sitting in good position thanks to its topnotch heptathletes.

Charity Arn and Maria Green are first and second and Sarah Frazier is seventh for the Bruins at the Northwest Conference Multi-Events, which began Monday at Willamette University’s Charles Bowles Track in Salem.by: SETH GORDON - Deft touch - No. 1 singles player Justin McClain reaches for a volley during his 7-5, 6-2 victory versus Willamette Friday. A four-year starter, McClain has been a catalyst for the Bruins' success this year.

The men are also in position to score points for the league championship meet April 25-26, as Ezekiel Smith and Erich VanBergen are third and fourth in the men’s decathlon.

Arn has 2,768 points, Green 2,719 and Frazier 2,334 after competing in the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200 meter dash.

Smith has 3,378 points and VanBergen 3,105 following the 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meter dash, trailing Peter Delap of Whitworth University (3,552) and Stephen Cooper of Whitworth (3,428).

Arn earned her heptathlon points by tying for first in the high jump (5-2.25), finishing second in the 100 hurdles (14.93) and third in the shot put (32-6.5), and coming in sixth in the 200 (27.38). She posted NWC qualifying marks in the high jump, hurdles, and 200, moving into fourth in the conference in the high jump, but has better marks in the other two.

Green captured the shot put (37-8) and tied Arn in the high jump (5-2.25), was third in the 200 (26.87), and took seventh in the 100 hurdles (16.48). She had NWC marks in all four events, but tied her best time in the 200 and has better marks in the other thee.

Frazier’s best event was the 200 where she was fourth (26.91), followed by sixths in the 100 hurdles (15.98) and shot put (30-3.5) and 12th in the high jump (4-3.). She posted NWC marks in the 200 and hurdles but has better times in both.

In the decathlon, Smith won the 100 (11.29) and the 400 (50.99), placed second in the shot put (40-10.25), tied for second in the long jump (20-11.75), and tied for sixth in the high jump (5-5). He had NWC marks in the 100, 400 and long jump, but has topped all three marks earlier in the season.

VanBergen tied Smith for second in the long jump (20-11.75), was fourth in the shot put (37-0.5), tied Smith again for sixth in the high jump (5-5) and was seventh in the 100 (11.71) and 400 (53.61). He posted an NWC mark in the long jump that moved him into 17th in the conference.

Other Bruins were in action Saturday at the Pacific Luau, where Arick Morrell broke his own GFU record for the men’s hammer throw (176-3) and Rachel Kraske set a stadium record in the women’s 400 meter hurdles (1:01.83).

Women’s golf

Willamette Spring Thaw — GFU freshman Sydney Maluenda earned medalist honors for the fifth time this season, as the Bruins also captured their fifth team title at Broken Top Golf Course in Bend. Maluenda shot rounds of 75 and 72 to win by six strokes. George Fox shot the two lowest rounds of the tournament, 303 and 320, to win by 50 strokes over host Willamette.

Men’s golf

Willlamette Spring Thaw — The Bruins were led by Dylan Harris, who shot rounds of 72 and 82 to finish 25th individually, but finished seventh as a team after teams scores of 336 and 342. Willamette shot 290 and 294 to win by 16 strokes over Corban.

Women’s tennis

George Fox 5, Willamette 4 — The Bruins won at No. 3, 4 and 5 singles and were aided by a Willamette default at No. 6 to edge out the Bearcats. Megan Dahlberg was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 3 singles, followed by Ali Diehl, who won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 and Shelby Arnold, who prevailed 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5. Dahlberg and Diehl combined to earn a doubles point for GFU, winning 8-5 at No. 2.


Pacific Lutheran 6-0, George Fox 5-8 — After collecting only four hits in series-opening loss, the Bruins used two home runs by Danny Clifford and one by Zach Rapacz to pull out an 8-0 win in game two Saturday. The Lutes collected 17 hits in the opener, but were stymied by GFU starter Ian Buckles, who struck out eight and walked four in eight innings in the nightcap to improve to 6-0.

Pacific Lutheran 3, George Fox 2 — Tom Zarosinski set a new school record for the most consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 27 after holding Pacific Lutheran University to no runs through the first four innings, saw the streak end after allowing two earned runs. The Lutes won in the top of the ninth after drawing three walks, one intentional, and scoring on a wild pitch.