Idaho men battle through at War V
The University of Idaho men led area teams at the War V track and field meet Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College.
The Vandals had four individual champions and finished tied for second place out of 15 teams.
Idaho’s Mat Sullivan took first place in the pole vault, reaching a height of 15 feet, 11 inches.
Andrew Blaser won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.48 seconds.
Two Idaho sprinters – Ben Ayesu-Attah and Andrew Bloom – finished in a tie for first place in the 400. They both clocked times of 48.39.
The Whitworth men tied Idaho for second place. The Pirates were led by Frank Lima’s first-place finish in the high jump (6-6).
The Idaho women finished in third place and Eastern Washington took fourth. Robin Taylor (pole vault, 12-5.5) and Nicole Nida (200, 25.20) won events for the Eagles.
Ebony Barnes was the lone event champion for the host school – Community Colleges of Spokane. Barnes took first in the 100 dash in 12.33.
• Brett Blanshan finished 10th in the 200 dash (21.65) to lead the Washington State men at the Stanford (Calif.) Invitational.
Stephan Scott-Ellis was 14th in the 200 (21.87) and the Cougars’ 1,600 relay team was fifth with a season-best time of 3:11.25.
Willamette (18-8, 17-4) swept Whitworth (17-10, 10-14) in a Northwest Conference doubleheader in Salem, Ore.
The Bearcats scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 3-2 win in the opener. Whitworth’s Julia Johnson hit a two-run home run in the fourth, but the Pirates failed to score again.
In the nightcap, Willamette scored early and often and beat Whitworth 11-5.
• Led by an offensive outburst in the opener and a stellar pitching performance in the nightcap, Community Colleges of Spokane (13-8, 8-4) swept an NWAACC doubleheader with Yakima Valley (8-11, 2-10) in Yakima.
Megan Skillingstad went 4 for 4 with four RBIs as the Sasquatch held on for a 13-12 win in the first game.
The Yaks scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Jalissa Hutchins and Jaquelin Corr each added three hits and two RBIs for the Sasquatch.
Lindsey Walchli made sure the second game wasn’t as close. Walchli pitched all seven innings, giving up six hits and striking out four as CCS won 9-0.
Jalissa Hutchins went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for CCS, which scored five times in the seventh to put the game away.
• Snow College (23-10, 21-8) swept a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader with North Idaho (17-28, 13-22) in Ephraim, Utah.
The Badgers won the opener 3-1. Katie Greenberg pitched all seven innings for Snow, giving up seven hits and one unearned run. Heather Bishop had three singles to lead the Cardinals.
Sarah Basinger drove in four runs to lead Snow to a 9-5 win in the second game. Nicole Atkinson hit a two-run home run for North Idaho.
• No. 4 Washington (32-6, 3-5) split a Pac-12 Conference doubleheader with No. 17 Arizona (25-9, 4-4) in Seattle.
The Huskies jumped ahead early and held on late for a 7-5 win in the opener, a completion of a game suspended by rain Friday. Kaitlin Inglesby and Kylee Lahners drove in two runs apiece for Washington, which led 7-2 after four innings.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats put up five runs in the top of the fifth and won 5-3.
The Washington State women’s novice 8 team earned the Cougars’ lone win in a matchup with Washington at the Montlake Cut in Seattle.
After finishing 7 seconds behind the Huskies at the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend, WSU’s novice 8 boat finished the 2,000-meter race in 6 minutes, 53 seconds, more than 3 seconds ahead of Washington (6:56.3).
The Huskies won the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and open eight events.
WSU will compete in the Lake Natoma Invite in Gold River, Calif., on Saturday and next Sunday.
• The 18th-ranked Oregon State men won four races against Gonzaga on Lake Vancouver in Vancouver, Wash.
Next up for GU is a dual with Washington State on Saturday in Pullman.