Area roundup: Whitworth men win fifth straight NWC track crown
Led by senior Peter Delap, the Whitworth men’s track and field team won its fifth consecutive Northwest Conference Championship Saturday at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
Delap was chosen the field athlete of the meet. Over the two-day meet he won the high jump and decathlon, took fourth place in the pole vault and was sixth in the long jump and 110-meter hurdles.
The Pirates took the top two spots in the pole vault, with Everett Kleven winning the event after reaching a personal-best height of 15 feet, 1/4 inches.
The Whitworth women finished second. Kerry Wright defended her title in the javelin. Her toss of 156-2 set Whitworth and NWC championship records.
• Karlene Hurrel and Ben Ayesu-Attah won two events apiece on the track and Idaho finished with 10 titles at the Cougar Invitational in Pullman.
Hurrel won the 100 (12.23) and 200 (24.65) to pace the Vandal women and Ayesu-Attah won the 400 (47.89) and 200 (21.50) to guide the men.
The Washington State men and women won five events. Event winners included Travis Pickett (men’s hammer throw), Dino Dodig (men’s 110 hurdles), Katie Dean (women’s long jump), Holly Parent (women’s high jump) and Kelsey Bueno (women’s pole vault).
• Led by Willie Milam’s win in the 1,500, the Gonzaga men won every event they were entered in at the Duane Hartman Invitational at Spokane Falls CC.
Milam won the 1,500 in 3:48.91 – a personal best.
The Bulldogs claimed the top three spots in the 800, with Andy Phillips crossing first in 1:52.02.
GU freshman Troy Fraley won the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:41.34.
The Eastern Washington men and women combined to win 15 events. Austin Upmeyer led the Eagle men with a win in the 200 (22.67) and a second-place finish in the 400 (49.03). EWU’s Katie Mahoney won the 5,000 in 16:45.92. Whitney Leavitt notched wins in the 100 (12.58) and 200 (25.58).
Gonzaga swept Saint Mary’s in a West Coast Conference doubleheader in Moraga, Calif.
In the opener, GU scored four first-inning runs and went on to beat the Gaels 6-3.
Brandon Bailey pitched all nine innings for the Bulldogs in the nightcap – allowing a run while striking out seven – as Gonzaga won 4-1. Payden Lamb had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs to guide GU (18-23 13-7).
The wins were the Bulldogs’ sixth and seventh straight over the Gaels (13-29, 5-12).
The series concludes today.
• Whitworth (13-21, 10-13) and Whitman (19-18-1, 8-15) split a Northwest Conference doubleheader in Spokane.
Brett Lambert allowed one run through eight innings as the Missionaries won the opener 7-4.
In the nightcap, Whitworth’s Gerhard Muelheims doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth and the Pirates held on to win 8-6. Tyler Pfeffer had three hits and drove in three runs. The win was Whitworth’s first over Whitman in four tries this season.
• Community Colleges of Spokane (17-15, 9-11) and Big Bend (17-14, 8-12) split a NWAACC doubleheader at Spokane Falls CC.
The Sasquatch won the opener 6-4. CCS’ Michael Heaton had three hits, scored a run and drove in another. Kyle Weiler added two hits and two RBIs for the Sasquatch.
Big Bend won the nightcap 6-0 thanks to Reign Letkemen’s four-hitter.
• Washington State’s game at Washington was postponed because of poor weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.
Kylee Lahners had four hits and drove in four runs as No. 11 Washington (27-12, 7-8) routed Oregon State (13-28, 3-15) 11-1 in a Pac-12 game in Corvallis, Ore.
Washington State shot a 16-over 376 – the fourth-lowest score of the day – and are in 11th place after the third round of the Pac-12 Championships at The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz.
WSU senior Blake Snyder shot a 2-under 70 and is tied for eighth overall at 3-over 219.
Michael Anderson and Charlie Mroz each shot 1-over 73 in the third round.
Stanford leads heading into the final round.
• Whitworth senior Jesse Salzwedel shot a 1-over 73 and is tied for third place after the first round of the Northwest Conference Championships at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore. The second and final round is today.
Whitworth freshman Michal Schuster shot an even-par 73 and is in first place after the first round of the Northwest Conference Championships at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
The Pirates are in third place heading into today’s second and final round.
• Washington State shot a 298 and is in 10th place after the second round of the Pac-12 Championships at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore. WSU’s Mallory Kent posted the Cougars’ low round with a 72. She is in 47th place at 9-over 153. Rachel Lewis shot a 75 in the second round and is tied for 23rd at 3-over 148.
UCLA leads Arizona by a stroke heading into today’s third and final round.
Idaho reached its second straight Western Athletic Conference championship match with a 4-2 semifinal win over Texas-Pan American in Las Cruces, N.M.
Jose Bendeck, Artemiy Nikitin, Ramos Salazar and Andrew Zedde all won singles matches for the second-seeded Vandals, who will take on top-seeded New Mexico State in today’s championship match.
Top-seeded Idaho advanced to today’s Western Athletic Conference championship match with a 4-0 semifinal win over No. 4 UM-Kansas City in Las Cruces, N.M. The Vandals got wins from Victoria Lozano, Belen Barcenilla, Rita Bermudez and Galina Bykova.
• Linfield came from behind to beat Whitworth 5-3 in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Championships in Walla Walla. The loss ended the Pirates’ season.
Jefferson High School’s Silas Melson, a Gonzaga signee, scored a game-high 40 points to lead Oregon past Washington 127-112 at the Northwest Shootout at Liberty HS in Hillsboro, Ore.
Garfield’s Tramaine Isabell, a Washington State recruit, led the Washington squad with 21 points.
In the girls game, Brewster’s Chandler Smith earned MVP honors after scoring 18 points as the Washington team beat Oregon 96-84.