Whitworth men win NWC track title
After winning four events on the first day of competition, the Whitworth men’s track and field team won five more Saturday and rolled to its third consecutive Northwest Conference championship at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Wash.
The Pirates posted 270 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Willamette (132). The 138-point margin of victory was the second largest in conference history. Willamette is the only school with a larger margin of victory after winning the title by 140 points in 2005.
Whitworth’s Matthew Landon won the 100-meter run in 11.14 seconds and was second in the 200 (22.44). Casey Monahan won the 110 hurdles (15.42) and Chibron Tomeo was the pole vault champion, clearing 14 feet, 11 1/2 inches.
A day after winning the discus, Carter Comito won the shot put (52-8 1/4).
The Pirates’ 400 relay team claimed Whitworth’s fifth title of the day. The relay team of Wesley Sitser, Landon, Tyler Guinn and Trent Alsin finished in 42.29.
Following the championships, Comito was voted by NWC coaches as the conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Year. CCS coach Toby Schwarz was named the Men’s Coach of the Year.
The Pirates women took fourth place. Jheri Gates won her second consecutive title in the high jump (5-5). Gates’ teammate, Christina Dobbins, was third in the high jump (5-1).
• Washington State’s Morgan Clem and Stephan Scott-Ellis won three events apiece at the Cougar Invitational at Mooberry Track in Pullman.
Clem won the women’s 100 (12.28), 200 (25.00) and the 100 hurdles (14.18). All of Clem’s times were season bests.
Scott-Ellis won the 100 (11.09), 200 (21.87), and also the long jump with a meet-record leap of 24-9 1/4.
• Gonzaga’s Nick Roche took seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase on the final day of competition at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, Ore.
Roche posted a career-best 9:35.13. GU’s Patrick Richie, running unattached, was sixth in 9:30.29.
CC Spokane’s Rebekah Daniels took second place in the hammer throw (147-11) and fourth in the shot put (36-0).
After a dominating win over Edmonds, Community Colleges of Spokane (17-12) lost to Bellevue (24-2) at the Yakima Crossover Tournament.
The Sasquatch dominated against Edmonds (0-17), scoring all 18 of their runs in the first three innings.
Tiffany Joyce had three hits and Rylie Dennis and Regin Gallagher each doubled for CCS.
In the second game, Bellevue scored three runs in the first and went on to beat the Sasquatch 6-3. Jalissa Hutchins and Megan Skillingstad doubled for CCS.
The Sasquatch are scheduled to play Southwestern Oregon and Everett today.
• North Idaho (19-34, 15-28) split a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader with College of Southern Idaho (38-15, 30-10) in Coeur d’Alene.
The Cardinals dropped the first game 6-4 but responded with an 8-7 come-from-behind victory in the second game.
Shelby Carter and KaSara Wise each homered in the second game as NIC overcame an early five-run deficit.
NIC’s regular season ends next weekend at home against Colorado Northwestern.
• Nikia Williams hit two solo home runs and No. 9 Washington (36-10, 7-9) rallied for a 7-6 win in nine innings over No. 24 Oregon State (28-15, 5-8) in a Pac-12 Conference game in Corvallis, Ore.
Whitworth is five strokes behind leader Linfield after the opening round of the Northwest Conference tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick.
Joey Degroff shot the low round for Whitworth, and is tied with four others for third place after shooting a 73.
The second round will be held today.
Whitworth sits in third place after the opening round of the Northwest Conference tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. Whitman is the leader after the first round.
The Pirates’ Emily Guthrie shot a 78 and is tied for fourth place with Whitman’s Kelly Sweeney.
The second round is today.
Eastern Washington was knocked out of the Big Sky Conference Championships after falling 4-0 to Sacramento State at the Gold River Racquet Club in Sacramento, Calif.
The Eagles’ lone win came at No. 2 singles, as Ilija Cuic and Mario Navarro beat the Hornets’ Sean Kolar and Tom Miller 8-5.
• Whitman blanked Whitworth 5-0 in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Championships in Walla Walla, Wash.
It was the second time this season that the Missionaries shut out the Pirates.
Despite holding the lead in three singles matches, Whitworth was swept by Whitman 5-0 in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Championships in Walla Walla.
Washington State earned victories against Gonzaga in all six events to hold on to the Fawley Cup on Silver Lake near Medical Lake.
The Cougars won the varsity 8 race – which determines who receives the Fawley Cup – by more than 5 seconds.
WSU also claimed wins in the second varsity 8, varsity 4, second varsity 4, novice 8 and second novice 8 events.