NWC Track & Field Championship Preview: Bruins Look to Defend Men's & Women's Titles

NWC Track & Field Championship Preview: Bruins Look to Defend Men's & Women's Titles

HILLSBORO, Ore. – The George Fox Bruins will look to sweep the Northwest Conference Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships this weekend, hosted by Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Wash.

MEN

Chosen as the preseason favorite, the George Fox men are after their third consecutive NWC Championship title. The Bruins will look to Kenny May, who ranks first in the conference in the men’s 100m and 200m, 21.80. May is joined by Chris Polk’s first-place rank in the men’s 400m, Jack Ammon’s first-place 800m ranking, Cade Reed’s first-place 400m hurdles ranking, and Jacoby Wolfe’s first-place rank in the men’s high jump.

Whitworth’s Nicholas McGill was the individual medalist in the decathlon at the NWC Multi-Event with 6,524 total points. McGill and teammate Nathaniel Drotts, who was recently named NWC Field Student-Athlete of the Week, will lead the Pirates’ efforts at the NWC Championship.

After finishing second to George Fox last season, Pacific Lutheran will look to senior leader Kyle Rapacz, the defending NWC Champion in the steeplechase. Rapacz is also ranks fourth in the 1500-meters and the 5,000m. Teammate Christopher Russbaum ranks first in the conference in the men’s 1,500m.

Voted fourth in the preseason poll, Willamette will look to Michael Montague, who ranks first in the 1,500m, as well as teammates Keith Carlson and Keaton Beckmann who rank first in the 5,000m and long jump, respectively.

Pacific (Ore.) will look to a dominant field roster heading into the Championship, with three-time NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Josh Huffman ranked second in the shot put and discus. Teammate Jacob Duvall ranks first in the discus, while Jason Draper ranks second in the hammer throw.

Puget Sound’s Matt Wells will look to defend his NWC title in the 110m hurdles with a 15.14 mark. Matt Wells holds the season’s top time in the 110m hurdles with a 14.71 time, while teammatesJack Monaghan and Colin Monaghan rank second in the 800m and 10,000m, respectively. AJ Johnson enters the weekend ranked first in the men’s triple jump.

Linfield’s Keaton Wood and Cody Mitchell, who rank third in the men’s 110m hurdles and first in the men’s shotput, respectively, will head the Wildcats’ efforts this weekend. 

Lewis & Clark will look to leaders Logan Kyle and Miguel Haro-Ruiz, who rank second in the men’s pole vault and men’s 1,500m, respectively.

WOMEN

The reigning Northwest Conference and NCAA Champions, the George Fox women look to a dominant roster heading into the weekend as they pursue their third consecutive NWC crown. Annie Wrightrepeated as the individual champion in the heptathlon, having won the event in 2018. Wright currently ranks first nationally in the heptathlon with 5307 points. Sarah King ranks first in the NWC and first nationally in the women’s 200m, 400m, and first in the NWC in the women’s 800m. Teammate Kennedy Taube ranks first in the women’s 100m and 200m. Wright ranks second in the women’s 200m behind King, and also ranks second in the women’s 100m hurdles and first in the women’s long jump and shotput. The Bruins also rank first both nationally and in the NWC in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Entering the NWC Championships, the Whitworth Pirates own the top marks in several events and rank in the top-three in several more. Isabel Clark owns two of the three top times for the Whitworth women, ranking first in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. Marissa Mount claims the other with the top time in the steeplechase. Mount also owns the NWC Championship meet record in the steeplechase after running the event in 10:25.87 last year. Teammate Kayla Rambo currently holds the 13th-best mark in the nation in the discus throw.

Ranked third in the preseason poll, the Linfield Wildcats will be led by Courtney Beard, who ranks first in the conference in the women’s 1,500m and second in the 5,000m. Teammate Mehana Sabado-Halpern holds the second-best mark in the conference in the women’s long jump.

Pacific Lutheran’s Lauren Wilson and Emily Reeder are both ranked first in the high jump and hammer throw, respectively. Reeder is also ranked second in the shot put, as are Ava Nelson in the javelin, and Imani Keyes in the 200-meter dash.

Pacific (Ore.) enters the Championship with Serena Wallace ranked first in the women’s 5,000m and 10,000m. Teammates Jenna Hoiland and Emily Sproul each lead the NWC in the women’s triple jump and javelin, respectively.

Willamette’s Championship efforts will be headed by Hope Duenas, who ranks 11thnationally and first in the NWC in discus throw. Teammate Hazel Carr ranks third in the 5,000m, while Emily Evans ranks second in the 3,000m steeplechase and Isabel Duxburry ranks third in the 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase.

Lewis & Clark will be led by Genevieve Serna, who ranks fourth in the women’s 10,000m, and Rachelle Locey, who ranks sixth in the women’s long jump and triple jump.

Puget Sound’s Emery Bradlina will head the Loggers’ efforts this weekend, ranking second in the NWC in the women’s 800m and 1,500m.

The NWC Track & Field Championships will kick off at 2pm on Fridaywith the pole vault, long jump, hammer, shot put, and 3000-meter steeplechase. Events will continue on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

To visit the NWC Track & Field Championship Central page, click here.