Whitworth men repeat as cross country champs
The Whitworth men’s cross country team had three runners place inside the top 10 and the Pirates narrowly beat Willamette to win the Northwest Conference Championships Saturday at Willamette Mission State Park in Brooks, Ore.
Trevor Berrian led the way for the Pirates, finishing the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 26.33 seconds to take third place.
Aaron Jenkins (fifth, 25:32.87) and Tyler Dudley (seventh, 25:42.39) also finished inside the top 10 for Whitworth, which won the conference championship last year.
The Pirates finished with a team score of 45 points, just four points better than second-place finisher Willamette. Whitworth men’s coach Toby Schwartz was selected as men’s coach of the year.
In the women’s race, Joy Shufeldt took second, but Whitworth finished sixth.
Shufeldt completed the 6,000 meters in 22:00.44.
Next up is the NCAA Division III West Regionals, Nov. 12 in Claremont, Calif.
• Hannah Kiser took second place to lead the Idaho women to first place at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Honolulu.
Kiser finished 5,000 meters in 17:55.8. Idaho’s Barry Britt and Markus Geiger took second and third, respectively, as Idaho finished third in the men’s race. Britt finished 8,000 meters in 25:16.4 and Geiger crossed in 25:26.0.
• Andrew Kimpel took 14th place to guide the Washington State men to a sixth-place finish at the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Kimpel finished the 8,000 meters in 23:39. Kimpel’s teammate, Jono Lafler, was 17th in 23:44.
The Cougars women took 11th. Caroline Austin was WSU’s top finisher, taking 39th place. She completed 6,000 meters in 21:10.
Washington State will compete in the NCAA West Regionals, Nov. 12 at Stanford.
• The Gonzaga women finished fifth and the men took sixth at the West Coast Conference Championships in Belmont, Calif.
Sophomore Emily Thomas was the top finisher for the Bulldog women, finishing 6,000 meters in 21:15, good for ninth place.
GU’s Emily Drake, who was expected to finish inside the top 10, struggled with dehydration with about a mile to go. She collapsed at the finish line and had to be carried to the medical tent.
The men were led by Nate Gesell, who finished 8,000 meters in 25:37 to take 25th place.
Next up for Gonzaga is the NCAA West Regionals, Nov. 12 at Stanford.
• The Eastern Washington men took fifth and the women finished in seventh at the Big Sky Conference Championships in Pocatello.
The men were led by Simon Sorensen, who completed 8,000 meters in 26:20.59 to take 19th place. Tonya Turner took 22nd place to lead the EWU women. She finished 6,000 meters in 19:11.54.
Eastern Washington will join Gonzaga and Washington State at the NCAA West Regionals.
Mead graduate Cameron Bushey converted two free kicks into goals, giving Whitworth a 2-0 win over visiting Linfield (2-12-1, 1-10-1) in a Northwest Conference match.
Bushey’s first goal came in the 26th minute and he capped the scoring in the 66th minute. The match featured four yellow cards and a red card.
Whitworth (12-3-1, 10-2) hosts Willamette at 2:30 p.m. today.
• Wenatchee Valley (4-10-3, 1-8-2) scored two early goals and beat Community Colleges of Spokane 2-1 in NWAACC match in Wenatchee. James Biddle scored in the 84th minute for the Sasquatch (5-7-6, 5-4-2), who play at Walla Walla on Wednesday.
• David Casaras-Sanches had a hat trick as Clark blanked North Idaho 5-0 in a nonconference match in Vancouver, Wash.
Mackenzie Doty’s 23rd-minute goal proved to be the difference as visiting Linfield (12-3-2, 9-2-2) blanked Whitworth 1-0 in a Northwest Conference match.
The Pirates (7-5-4, 7-3-4) host Lewis & Clark at noon today.
• Ashley Hruby scored in the 70th minute, giving Boise State a 1-0 win over Idaho in Boise.
Next up for Idaho is the Western Athletic Conference tournament, beginning Friday in Fresno, Calif.
• Kendra Johnson, Nikki Caudill and Kao Packwood-Chandler scored two goals apiece as Community Colleges of Spokane thumped Wenatchee Valley (2-14, 1-12) 10-0 in an NWAACC match in Wenatchee.
The Sasquatch (14-3, 11-2) play at Walla Walla on Wednesday.
• Aubree Mercier had a hat trick and Anna Valentine scored twice as North Idaho routed the University of Idaho club team 7-0 in Moscow, Idaho.
NIC finished the regular season at 14-1-1. Next up is the District B playoffs next weekend.
No. 24 Whitworth saw its lead in the Northwest Conference standings drop to one game after a 25-22, 26-24, 25-16 loss to No. 22 Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma.
The Pirates fell to 17-6 overall and 12-2 in the NWC. PLU is 19-5 overall and 11-3 in conference matches.
Both teams have two matches left in the regular season.
Whitworth plays at Whitman on Wednesday and hosts Lewis & Clark on Friday.
• Gonzaga rallied after dropping the first two sets but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 16-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 9-15 West Coast Conference loss to Loyola Marymount (13-11, 6-5) in Los Angeles.
The Bulldogs’ Terran Poindexter had 14 kills.
The Bulldogs (7-15, 1-10) will play their final two home matches of the season Thursday against San Diego and Saturday against Saint Mary’s.
• Meagan Ganzer had 18 kills and Chelsey Bettinson added 11 as Washington State swept visiting Arizona State (5-18, 1-13) 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 in a Pac-12 Conference match.
The Cougars (12-12, 4-10) play at USC on Friday.
• Talia Fermantez had 13 kills and nine blocks to lead Eastern Washington to a 19-25, 25-7, 25-17, 25-18 Big Sky Conference win over visiting Montana State.
The win was EWU’s fourth straight.
• Allison Walker had 20 kills to lead Idaho to a 19-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-14 Western Athletic Conference win over New Mexico State (18-7, 7-3) in Moscow, Idaho.
Rylee Walker had 12 kills for the Vandals (13-11, 7-4).
North Idaho (1-1) won five of the 10 matches, but Montana State-Northern edged the Cardinals 22-19 in Coeur d’Alene.
Peter Gullickson shot a final-round 72 and Gonzaga took 11th place at the Cabo Collegiate at Club Compestre Golf Course in Baja California, Mexico.
Washington State took control after halftime and cruised to a 72-60 win over visiting Seattle Pacific in an exhibition game in Beasley Coliseum.