Whitworth junior Hugh Smith was recognized as Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, the league office announced Thursday.
Smith is the first Pirates player to earn the honor, although pitcher Eddie Eugenio was the co-Player of the Year in 1990 before there was a separate award for a pitcher.
Smith is 6-1 this season with a 1.66 earned-run average. He has struck out 62 in 59 2/3 innings and threw a complete-game shutout in his most recent start, last Saturday against Pacific.
Pirates senior shortstop Joel Condreay earned first-team honors and junior infielder Tyler Bailey (Mt. Spokane High) was honorable mention.
Condreay is batting a team-best .357 with 14 doubles, two home runs, 22 RBIs and 20 runs.
Bailey, who leads the team with 139 at-bats, is hitting .309 with two homers and 22 RBIs.
Track and field
Washington State’s Vallery Korir broke the school’s outdoor 5,000-meter run record while competing at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California.
Korir finished seventh overall in a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 59.73 seconds. WSU’s Ruby Roberts ran 16:09.02 in 2014.
The Cougars also competed at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in Long Beach, California. WSU won 10 events, including Cole Smith’s personal-best effort of 222 feet, 4 inches in men’s javelin, and Kaili Keefe’s PR of 2:11.46 in the women’s 800.
Online registration for this year’s Bloomsday is open through Sunday before a late fee kicks in.
The annual race will cost $20 through Sunday at www.bloomsdayrun.org.
“We like to leave the online deadline open as long as possible so people can take advantage of Bloomsday’s low $20 entry fee,” Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong said.
The fee jumps to $40, plus a processing fee, for those who register online between Monday and April 29.
After April 29, late entrants will need to wait until Bloomsday weekend to sign up. Late registration will be available during normal check-in hours at the Convention Center – May 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 5 from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Race entry is not available on the day of the race, May 6.
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