Men's Track & Field Preseason Poll | ​Bruin men tabbed for repeat in 2018

Men's Track & Field Preseason Poll | ​Bruin men tabbed for repeat in 2018

Rk.

Team (1st)

Pts.

’17 NWC Finish

1.

George Fox (7)

56

1st (242)

2.

Whitworth (1)

44

2nd (145)

3.

Pacific Lutheran

37

3rd (121)

4.

Willamette

30

4th (94)

5.

Linfield

26

5th (85)

6.

Pacific (Ore.)

15

6th (68)

7.

Puget Sound

14

7th (34)

8.

Lewis & Clark

10

8th (30)

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

HILLSBORO, Ore. — The George Fox Bruins were picked to repeat as Northwest Conference Men’s Track & Field Champions in 2018, according to a poll of the eight conference head coaches.

The 2018 Preseason Coaches’ Poll mirrors the final standings from the 2017 Northwest Conference Championships.

George Fox earned 56 points and the maximum seven first place votes in the preseason poll. The Bruins, who finished tied for seventh in the nation last season, will return three All-Americans from last season to the 2018 roster. Leading the returnees for George Fox is senior Seth Nonnenmacher, the 2017 National Champion in the javelin. Nonnenmacher is joined by junior Caleb Dalzell, an All-American in javelin and junior Jacoby Wolfe, an All-American in the high jump.

Whitworth earned the final first place vote and 44 points in the poll and will return senior Andrew Bloom, a 2017 All-American in javelin. Bloom was also the Northwest Conference javelin champion in 2017.

The Pacific Lutheran Lutes earned 37 points and a predicted third place finish. The Lutes will look to returning Northwest Conference Champion junior Brad Hodkinson (1500m, 5000m, 10000m) in 2018.

Willamette was picked fourth with 30 points and return multiple third-place finishers from the 2017 NWC Championships, including senior Jack Kobylka (3rd, 1500m).

Linfield brings back multiple NWC top-five finishers, including senior Jeff Lieder (3rd, shot put),  from 2017 and picked up 26 points with a predicted finish of fifth.

Pacific (Ore.) was picked sixth with 15 points and will return NWC Champions in: sophomore Jacob Duvall (discus) and sophomore Kolby Nikolaisen (pole vault).

Puget Sound was predicted to finish seventh with 14 points and brings back a NWC Champion in sophomore Matt Wells (110m hurdles).

Lewis & Clark was tabbed eighth with 10 points and brings back the third place finisher from the 2017 NWC decathlon, junior Noah Avery.