Stelzer, Whits shine bright
Cody Stelzer’s second national championship in the high jump paced the Whitworth Pirates to a third-place finish Saturday at the NCAA Division III indoor track and field meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
The defending outdoor champ, Stelzer cleared 6 feet, 11 inches for his first indoor title after a runner-up finish last year. The junior from The Dalles, Ore., was the only jumper to clear the height. Todd Wildman of Trinity (Texas) was second at 6-93/4.
That accounted for 10 of Whitworth’s 24 points in the men’s competition, eight behind co-champions Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Whitworth junior Emmanuel Bofa finished second in the 800 meters in a time of 1 minute, 53.80 seconds, just .46 behind winner Jimmy O’Brien of Ohio Northern. Another junior, Jeff Kintner, finished third in the shot put with a lifetime best toss of 55-23/4. Teammate Michael Nahl did not make the shot finals.
•Idaho went 2 for 2 in athletes scoring at the NCAA Division I indoor championships in College Station, Texas. K.C. Dahlgren soared 13-71/4 to finish in a three-way tie for sixth in the women’s pole vault and Mychal Bothum took seventh in the women’s shot put with a throw of 53-1/2.
Washington State’s Trent Arrivey placed eighth in the men’s high jump, clearing 6-101/4.
The WSU men’s 1,600-meter relay team – Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Justin Woods and Jeshua Anderson – placed eighth with a time of 3:08.97.
Ferris graduate Kelly McNamee of Washington tied for 11th in the women’s high jump at 5-83/4.
Wyoming’s Jake Shanklin, a Community Colleges of Spokane alum, took seventh in the men’s weight throw at 69-51/2.
The Oregon Ducks men and Tennessee Volunteers women took home team titles.
The Central Washington Wildcats (18-7) couldn’t overcome a 19-point first half and suffered an 87-83 loss to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros (22-7) in Laie, Hawaii, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Greg Lagreid stroked a two-out, two-run single to cap a five-run rally in the top of the ninth inning and the Washington State Cougars (5-8) posted an 8-5 victory over the Long Beach State 49ers (4-9) in non-conference action in Long Beach, Calif.
Jeremy Johnson (2-1) allowed one earned run in 32/3 innings of relief to earn the victory and Seth Harvey pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his first save of the season.
•The Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-5) completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Utah Valley Wolverines (5-11) by taking both ends of a doubleheader for a second straight day.
Ryan Carpenter (3-1) fanned a career-high 10 batters in seven innings to lead the Zags to a 4-2 win in the opener.
Anthony Synegal had two hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs to power the Bulldogs to a 9-6 win in the nightcap.
•The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch had a pair of games at a tournament in Bellevue rained out.
Lacey Kerr went 4 for 4, drove in three runs and scored twice to spark the Whitworth Pirates (2-8, 1-5) to a 13-8 victory and a doubleheader split with the Pacific Lutheran Lutes (6-8, 5-3) in Northwest Conference action in Pasco.
PLU scored four runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 9-5 win in the opener.
•The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch wrapped up the No. 1 seed at the Maricopa Tournament in Phoenix after posting three wins in round-robin play.
Christie Selway drove in three runs, the last coming on a bases-loaded walk that forced in the go-ahead run, as CCS defeated Scottsdale 5-3 in the first game.
Heather Jackson’s walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning rallied the Sasquatch to a 10-9 victory over South Mountain in the second game.
Ashley Fargher’s bases-loaded double in the fourth inning started CCS off and running to a 12-1 win over Gateway in the finale.
The Sasquatch earned a first-round bye in the 22-team tourney.
•Shaynie Phillips homered and Sarah Clark went the distance for her 12th win as the Salt Lake City Bears (24-5, 21-3) rolled to an 11-1 five-inning win over the North Idaho Cardinals (15-14, 13-9) in the opener and Stacie Graham drove in a pair of runs to lead the Bears to a 4-2 win in the nightcap in Scenic West Athletic Conference play in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake swept the four-game series.
Nick Ellis tied for 15th place with a three-round total of 6-over-par 222 to help the Washington State Cougars finish seventh at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas.
The Cougs had a score of 894 at the par-72 Laredo Country Club, 17 strokes behind winner Baylor.
Prep track and field
The Post Falls girls and boys each won team titles at the Lewiston Icebreaker meet.
The Trojans girls outdistanced runner-up Lewiston 170-126, while the PF boys held off Lake City by a 139.5-127 margin.
Double winners for the girls were: PF’s Becca Bauman (shot put, discus), LC’s Molly Mitchell (1,600, 3,200), Clarkston’s Jill Whipple (100, 300 hurdles), Lewiston’s Bethany Stuffle (400, 100 hurdles), Lewiston’s Chelsea Lundgren (long jump, triple jump) and Culdesac’s Taylor Hewett (800, high jump).
The only boy to win two individual events was Orofino’s Nathan Struhs (high jump, 110 high hurdles).