Area roundup: T.J. Lee III headed to CFL

Former Eastern Washington cornerback T.J. Lee III signed a free-agent contract Thursday to play with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, Lee said.

Lee had contacted the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League about potential openings on their rosters down the road, but elected to take the sure thing instead.

Lee, a three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection, also was named a first-team All-American at the FCS level by the American Football Coaches Association, College Sporting News, College Sports Madness and Beyond Sports Network.

Lee finished his Eastern career with 263 tackles, four interceptions, 25 passes broken up and 3 1/2 sacks in his 49-game career (35 starts).

Track and field

The Whitworth Pirates opened the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a pair of All-America performances in Delaware, Ohio.

Sophomore Dakota Kliamovich threw the women’s hammer 177 feet to place sixth and earn All-America status, while junior Joe Green did likewise in the men’s pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 11 inches to finish eighth.

Senior Keegan Shea closed out his Whitworth career with a throw of 185-7 in the men’s hammer. He placed 10th, just missing All-America accolades which go to the top eight finishers.

Senior Peter Delap sits in seventh place in the decathlon at the halfway point with 3,539 points. He ran a personal-best time of 11.09 in the 100-meter dash and threw a personal-best 36-6 3/4 in the shot put. Competition continues today.

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