Women's Track & Field Preseason Poll | ​Coaches predict George Fox repeat in 2018

Women's Track & Field Preseason Poll | ​Coaches predict George Fox repeat in 2018

Rk.

Team (1st)

Pts.

’17 NWC Finish

1.

George Fox (7)

56

1st (213.5)

2.

Whitworth (1)

44

2nd (175)

3.

Linfield

37

3rd (150.5)

4.

Pacific (Ore.)

26

4th (74.5)

5.

Pacific Lutheran

24

6th (65.5)

6.

Willamette

23

5th (69)

t7.

Lewis & Clark

11

7th (36)

t7.

Puget Sound

11

8th (35)

Points awarded on an 8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Coaches could not vote for their own teams.)

HILLSBORO, Ore. — After winning the 2017 Northwest Conference Women’s Track & Field Championships in 2018, the George Fox Bruins were predicted to repeat in 2018, according to a poll of the eight conference head coaches.

George Fox received the maximum seven first place votes and 56 points in the preseason poll. The Bruins are set to return a pair of 2017 All-Americans in junior Annie Wright (heptathlon) and junior Sarah King (400m hurdles).

Whitworth was tabbed second with one first place vote and 44 points after finishing second at the NWC Championships in 2017. Senior Kayla Leland returns to the track for the Pirates, after earning All-American honors in the 1500 last season.

Linfield earned 37 points and was picked third in the preseason poll. The Wildcats finished third in 2017 and returns junior Olivia McDaniel and senior Joanna Galli, who finished first and second, respectively, in the pole vault at the NWC Championships last season.

Pacific (Ore.) was picked to repeat as the fourth-place finisher in 2018 with 26 points. The Boxers will look to two-time All-American javelin thrower in senior Emily Sproul to lead the squad into 2018.

Pacific Lutheran was picked to finish fifth after finishing sixth in 2017. The Lutes received 24 points in the preseason poll and return sophomore Vakeaemanu Hunkin, who won the NWC title in the shot put last season.

Willamette earned 23 points and was picked to finish sixth. The Bearcats finished fifth in the conference championship last season and return four individual third place finishers from 2017, including senior Hannah Swanson, who finished third in the 1500m and in the fall finished third in the NWC Cross Country Championships.

Lewis & Clark and Puget Sound were picked to finish tied for seventh with 11 points each.

The Pioneers, who finished seventh last season, returns junior Rachelle Locey after the triple jumper finished fourth at the conference championships last season.

Puget Sound finished eighth in 2017 and brings back junior Emery Bradlina, the runner-up in the 800-meter run last season.