Bruins get four of top-five
Arnold takes conference crown with fifth-best score in nation
SPOKANE, Wash. – Alexis Arnold, Beth Stam, Melissa Leighty and Alyssa Turner finished 1-2-4-5 in the women’s heptathlon for George Fox at the Northwest Conference Multi-Events.
Arnold captured the heptathlon with a score of 4,456 points while Stam scored 4,266, both NCAA Division III provisional qualifying totals. Arnold’s score is the second-highest in the Northwestern Conference this spring and ranks fifth nationally, right behind Stam’s 4,470 which she achieved in the Cal State-Northridge event on March 17-18. Brandi Miller of Willamette University took third with 4,102 points, followed by Leighty with 3,848 and Turner with 3,806.
Arnold secured the conference championship on Tuesday by winning the long jump (17- 1/2 / 5.19m) and finishing third in the javelin throw (99-5 / 30.30m) and fifth in the 800 meter run (2:39.37). Her long jump mark was an NWC qualifier and moved her into fourth in the conference.
Stam took second place by winning the javelin (125-2 / 38.16m), placing third in the long jump (16-6 / 5.03m) and sixth in the 800 (2:39.50). Her javelin and long jump distances were NWC qualifiers; she already led the league with an NCAA provisional 142-0 / 43.28m in the javelin, and moved into eighth in the long jump.
Leighty built her score by finishing second in the long jump (16-7.25 / 5.06m), sixth in the javelin (86-0 / 26.21m), and eighth in the 800 (2:43.22). Her long jump was an NWC mark that is seventh in the league.
Turner won the 800 (2:25.12), placed fifth in the long jump (15-6.25 / 4.73m), and came in ninth in the javelin (70-8 / 21.53m). Her NWC-qualifying 800 stands 12th in the conference.
“I don’t believe we’ve ever had that many athletes finish that high in the heptathlon,” George Fox coach John Smith said. “Our ladies have given us a terrific start toward the conference championships coming up in two weeks.”
By taking four of the top five spots, George Fox earned 27 points (10-8-5-4) toward the overall Northwest Conference title, with Willamette receiving six points, Pacific University three, Pacific Lutheran University two, and Whitworth one.