LA CROSSE, Wis. – The George Fox women's track and field team closed out the final day of the 2018 NCAA Division III outdoor track & field championships in fashion, as the women's team claimed its first-ever NCAA Division III co-championship title alongside UMass Boston.
This marks the first women's title in George Fox track and field program history and the third national championship in the school's history (baseball, 2004; women's basketball, 2009). The women's team finished tied with UMass Boston with 44 points and the two will share the co-championship title.
To go along with the strong team finishes, the Bruins were on fire in the final day. George Fox capped off its historic performance at the outdoor championships with a first-ever national championship in the women's 4x100m relay and five podium medals. This brings the total to 10 podium finishes for the Bruins for the three-day event.
The women's 4x100m relay team made the most noise on the day, as Sarah King, Kennedy Taube, Sara Turner and Lis Larsen became the first relay team at George Fox to win a national championship. The team of four blew away the competition with a time of 46.55. Their time breaks their own school record of 46.89.
The men's 4x100m relay team grabbed five points for the team standings with a fourth-place finish. Brock Rogers, Vernon Lott, Kenny May and Chris Polk ran a time of 40.83 to shatter their own George Fox school record.
Dakota Buhler added another medal to her already well-rounded trophy case with a fourth-place finish in the women's triple jump. Buhler finished with a mark of 39-03.25 to break the George Fox school record and grab her second All-American honor at the meet. She placed third in the women's long jump on the first day of competition.
Sarah King continued to help the Bruins in the women's team standings with a fourth-place finish in the women's 400m and a fifth-place finish in the women's 200m. She ran a time of 54.77 in the women's 400m, which was a second faster than the school record she set earlier this season. She went on to record a time of 24.88 in the women's 200m to give the Bruins an additional four points towards the standings. Kennedy Taube also raced in the women's 200m with a time of 25.34 to place ninth.