Bruins Voted as Favorite in Men's Track & Field Preseason Coaches Poll

Bruins Voted as Favorite in Men's Track & Field Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.

Team

Pts.

'18 NWC Championship Finish

1

George Fox

49 (7)

1st

2

Whitworth

40 (1)

3rd

3

Pacific Lutheran

39

2nd

4

Willamette

30

4th

5

Pacific (Ore.)

24

5th

6

Puget Sound

17

6th

7

Linfield

13

8th

8

Lewis & Clark

12

7th

 (Points awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Coaches could not vote for their own teams; numbers in parentheses indicate first place votes)

 

HILLSBORO, Ore. – The George Fox Bruins have been selected as the top men's track & field team in the Northwest Conference for the 2019 season, as voted on by conference coaches.

George Fox earned 49 points and seven first-place votes in the poll. After a blowout first-place finish at the 2018 Northwest Conference Championships, the Bruins earned thirteen All-West Region accolades and advanced nine student-athletes to the NCAA Championships. The Bruins finished tied for seventh nationally, with six student-athletes earning All-America status.

Those returning to the Bruins roster as they seek another NWC Championship title and NCAA Championship appearance include Chris Polk (Long Beach, Calif.), Kenny May (San Antonio, Tex.), and Cody Webb (Dallas, Ore.), three members of the 400-meter relay team who finished first at the NWC Championships and fourth at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America recognition.

Whitworth ranks second in the poll with 40 points and one first-place vote. The Pirates finished third at the 2018 NWC Championships, advancing two to the NCAA Championships. Among those returning for the Pirates in 2019 is Nick McGill (East Wenatchee, Wash.), who was one of two All-Americans for the Pirates in 2018 after finishing fifth in the decathlon. Nathaniel Drotts (Sacramento, Calif.) will also return to help lead the Pirates in 2019 after finishing last season with First Team All-NWC honors.

Pacific Lutheran sits just one point behind the Pirates with 39, ranking third in the poll. The Lutes finished third at the 2018 NWC Championships and advanced two men to the NCAA Championships, earning six All-West Region honors. Kyle Rapacz (Olympia, Wash.) will return for his senior season to lead the Lutes in 2019 after capturing the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2018 NWC Championships. 

Willamette ranks fourth in the poll with 30 total points. The Bearcats improve two spots from their sixth-place 2018 finish, which included eight All-NWC accolades and one first-place finish in shotput by Saige Swan (Crescent City, Calif.). Swan returns for the 2019 season alongside standouts Keith Carlson (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), Michael Montague (San Diego, Calif.), and NWC Field Freshman of the Year Keaton Beckmann (Salem, Ore.) to lead the Bearcats.

Pacific (Ore.) tallied 24 points to rank fifth in the poll. The Boxers finished fifth at the 2018 NWC Championships, led by Jason Draper's (Novato, Calif.) first-place finish in the men's hammer throw. Draper returns for his senior season to lead the Boxers as they head into outdoor season. 

Puget Sound ranks sixth with 17 points. The Loggers are expected to improve from their eighth-place NWC Championship finish last season as they return All-NWC honorees AJ Johnson (Spanaway, Wash.), Jack Monaghan (Oak Park, Ill.), and reigning NWC champion in the 110-meter hurdles Matt Wells (Puyallup, Wash.).

Linfield ranks seventh in the poll with 13 points. Among those returning for the 2019 season are Brian Douglas and Keaton Wood, one-half of thefifth-place NWC Championship 400-meter relay and 1600-meter relay team.

Lewis & Clark rounds out the poll just one point behind Linfield with 12. The Pioneers secured a seventh-place finish at the 2018 NWC Championships, headed by Logan Kyle's third-place pole vault finish. Kyle will return to lead the Pioneers in the 2019 season.

As many teams transition from the indoor season, the Pacific and PLU Invitationals will host several NWC teams in their first outdoor meet of the 2019 season on March 9th