The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch raced to the men’s team title and a second-place showing in the women’s race at the NWAACC Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Spokane’s Plantes Ferry Park.
Jon Smith led a 5-6-7-8 finish by the CCS men, closing in 25:38.83 over 8,000 meters. Daniel Issa was sixth in 25:44.74, Morgan Choate was seventh in 25:51.45 and Jake Hombel placed eighth in 25:52.92.
The Sasquatch men finished with 38 points, 10 better than runner-up Lane CC. Lane’s Elias Gedyon won the individual title in 25:08.62.
CC Spokane’s Sean McLachlan was named the men’s coach of the year.
The women’s race was won by CCS freshman Jessica Mildes in 17:59.65 over 5,000 meters, 40 seconds clear of the field. Freshman Vanessa Church placed sixth for the Sasquatch in 18:55.90.
Everett won the team title 21-58 over CCS.
• The Whitworth Pirates men finished ninth and the women placed 10th at the NCAA West Region Championships in Independence, Ore.
Freshman Chris MacMurray paced the Pirates with a 35th-place showing in 25:43.76 over 8,000 meters.
Sophomore Christina Anderson topped the Whitworth women with a 27th-place finish in 22:25.71 over 6,000 meters.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won both team titles.
North Idaho’s VJ Guilio won the 197-pound division with a 49-second pin in the title match at the Northwest Open tournament in Powell, Wyo.
The Cardinals also received second-place efforts from Jeremy Golding (149), Nico Moreno (157), Kyle Sweedman (174), Caleb Rivera (184) and Bryan Smith (285).
Diego Ayala scored a goal in the 53rd minute and Mississippi College (14-5-2) made it stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Whitworth Pirates (13-4-3) in a NCAA Division III tournament opener in San Antonio.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers used 49 trips to the free-throw line to hold off the Washington State Cougars 87-83 in double overtime in a season opener in Minneapolis.
Minnesota made 36 free throws on the night, while WSU hit 14 of 18 at the line.
Lia Galdeira set a Cougars freshman record by scoring 33 points on 12-of-27 shooting.
• Kabri Emerson scored a game-high 16 points to lead the North Idaho Cardinals to a 67-55 win over the Dawson Buccaneers in Glendive, Mont.
Rainey Pelzel scored a pair of goals and the CC Spokane Sasquatch (15-1-3) breezed to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Whatcom Orcas (11-4-4) in a NWAACC quarterfinal playoff match. CCS will play either Shoreline or Clackamas on Saturday in a semifinal at Seattle.
James Webb scored a game-high 18 points to power the North Idaho Cardinals to a 92-59 win over the Dawson Buccaneers in Glendive, Mont.
Felicia Ulrich had 21 kills and 10 digs to power North Dakota (15-14, 10-8) to a 3-1 Big Sky win over the visiting Eastern Washington Eagles (4-25, 4-14).
• Allison Walker and Alyssa Schultz each had 14 kills to propel Idaho (14-13, 12-5) to a 3-1 WAC win over Texas-Arlington (8-19, 4-13) in Moscow, Idaho.
• Amber Tatsch tallied 14 kills and No. 19 San Diego (20-5, 12-3) breezed to a 3-0 win over the host Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-18, 1-13) in WCC play.
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