A pair of Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch finished as runners-up at the Northwest Athletic Conference Multi Events Championship at Lane CC in Eugene, Oregon, on Tuesday.
Freshman Andrew Stich, who began the day in fifth place, finished second behind Lane’s Grant Shurtliff in the men’s decathlon. Stich totaled 6,448 points to Shurtliff’s 6,587. CC Spokane’s Tyler Blakely, the first-day leader, came in third with 6,109 points. Blakely set a conference decathlon record in the high jump when he cleared 6 feet, 9 3/4 inches. He bettered the 6-9 mark of CC Spokane’s Tim Marks.
CC Spokane’s Katie Collins placed second in the women’s heptathlon with 4,176 points – 150 behind Lane’s Kylee O’Connor. The Sasquatch’s Maddie Brown (3,955) took sixth.
The Idaho Vandals won three matches in three days to claim their third straight Big Sky Conference title.
Idaho advanced to its third NCAA tournament in a row and will take on West Coast Conference champion Pepperdine in the first round.
Idaho’s David Nuhn was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Vandals to their second straight conference title and a trip to the NCAA regionals. Their regional destination will be announced on Thursday.
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