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Area roundup: Spokane’s Elizabeth Phillips to make UFC debut

Spokane’s Elizabeth Phillips will make her UFC debut Saturday at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.

Phillips, 27, an Eastern Washington University student, will take on Valerie Letourneau (5-3), another UFC newcomer. Milana Dudieva was scheduled to fight Letourneau, but withdrew last Friday.

Phillips (4-1) lost her MMA pro debut in 2012, but has won four straight. She is the fourth athlete from Rick Little’s Sik Jitsu’s gym to fight on a UFC card. Sam Sicilia and Ultimate Fighter Champions Michael Chiesa and Juliana Pena also fight out of the Spokane gym.

The undercard will be on Fox Sports 1. The main card, with five bouts, will be aired on pay per view.

Track and field

Chewelah high school graduate Will Lohman placed 18th in the hammer throw (202-9) on Thursday at the NCAA Championships in Eugene and EWU thrower Jordan Arakawa placed 23rd with a hammer toss of 181-7.

The top nine throwers – who all recorded at least 211-0 – reached the final.

In other action at Heyward Field in Eugene: WSU’s Andrew Gonzales placed 22nd in the 3000-meter steeplechase, posting a mark of 9 minutes, 5.24 seconds, a little over 18 seconds slower than the personal-best time he posted at the NCAA West Regional prelims.

Boise State’s Emma Bates won the women’s 10,000 meters in 32 minutes, 32.35 seconds, the second-fastest time in the history of the meet. Bates’ finish was second only to the 32:28.57 run by Sylvia Mosqueda of Cal State Los Angeles in 1988. Bates is the first woman to win an NCAA outdoor title for the Broncos.