Waltz Shines At Stanford Invite
Three Washington State University men - Bernard Lagat, Rasto Kiplangat and weightman Ian Waltz - won their events Sunday as the two-day Stanford Invitational track and field meet ended at Stanford, Calif.
Lagat claimed the 1500 meters with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:40.79. Kiplangat claimed the 800 meters in Pac-10 qualifying time of 1:50.17.
Waltz, a junior from Post Falls, Idaho, became an automatic qualifier for the NCAA championships by throwing the discus 196 feet, 11 inches. The throw was the best of Waltz’s career.
He had finished second in the men’s shot put Saturday while improving his NCAA provisional mark to 60-10-3/4.
About 2,000 high school, college and elite athletes competed.
Travis LoveJoy scored from third base on a wild pitch in the top of the 12th inning, lifting North Idaho College to an 8-7 victory over Treasure Valley at Ontario, Ore.
Trailing 5-3 after seven innings, NIC tied the score with a pair of runs in the eighth, only to fall behind again. Jeremey Isherwood and Al Bevacqua then sent the game into extra innings with back-to-back solo home runs in the ninth.
Pacific Lutheran University pushed across six runs in the fourth inning to break open a close game and gain a 10-7 victory over Whitworth College and complete a sweep of a Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges weekend series on Merkel Field.
Leading 4-3, PLU (14-9, 3-3 NCIC) benefited from a passed ball on a strikeout with one out to launch its decisive outburst. Kyle Bowers capped the rally with a three-run homer to right field.
Eric Brown and Chad Ripke hit solo home runs for Whitworth (6-10, 4-6) in the fourth and seventh innings respectively. Tim Bishop had helped the Pirates take a 3-0 lead in the first with a two-run homer.
Whitworth reliever Matt Squires went the final 5-1/3 innings and allowed only one run.
Monica Hall pitched North Idaho to a 4-1 victory over Concordia in the nightcap, giving the Cardinals a split of their doubleheader at Portland.
Concordia capitalized on six NIC errors and scored three runs in the seventh to win the opener 8-7.
Pacific Lutheran trounced Whitworth twice by the same score, 15-1 and 15-1, as the league-leading Lutes, 16-3 overall, ran their unblemished NCIC record to 6-0.
After Whitworth took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, PLU responded with 12 runs in its half of the first. The Lutes scored 11 times after two were out in the first inning of the nightcap.
Whitworth (5-14, 1-7) had only four hits in the two games.