Distance runners with local connections produced runner-up finishes Saturday during the opening day of the Pac-12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Stanford, California.
Washington senior Andrew Gardner (Mead High) placed second in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8 minutes, 50.71 seconds, just behind Stanford’s Steven Fahy (8:50.07). Washington State junior Kyler Little (9:04.02) placed sixth.
Oregon sophomore Tanner Anderson (North Central) took second in the men’s 10,000 in 29:39.64, just behind Stanford’s Jack Keelan (29:38.44).
Also at the meet, WSU sophomore Molly Scharmann took fourth in women’s pole vault, clearing 13-8 1/4. California’s Lauren Martinez won at 14-0.
WSU senior Cole Smith placed fifth in men’s javelin (216-0). UCLA’s Simon Litzell won at 244-3.
WSU sophomore Atina Kamasi placed sixth in women’s javelin at 151-11. Stanford’s Mackenzie Little had the winning toss (180-1).
- Whitworth’s women broke two school records at the Portland Twilight. Chloe Quinnett threw the shot put 44-3 on Friday and Kayla Leland ran 16:38.80 in the 5,000 on Saturday.
Gonzaga swept the races for a second consecutive season while claiming its fourth consecutive West Coast Conference Championship on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.
The varsity eight (6 minutes, 39.526 seconds), second varsity eight (6:57.080) and varsity four (7:41.205) won races to earn GU’s fifth NCAA Championship appearance.
The Bulldogs picked up their 17th conference title.
The Zags received WCC honors for Co-Newcomer of the Year, Lauren McCallum; Coxswain of the Year, Alexa Jadallah; Rower of the Year, Isabelle Belzil; and Coach of the Year, Glenn Putyrae.
The national championship runs May 25-27 in Sarasota, Florida.
(2) UCLA 4, Idaho 0: Evan Zhu defeated Felipe Fonseca 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles to help the second-ranked Bruins (27-2) defeat the Vandals in an NCAA Tournament opener in Los Angeles.
Idaho finished the season 15-8.
The match marked the first meeting between the teams.
- The Community Colleges of Spokane men and women both won two singles titles and one doubles title at the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships at Spokane Falls CC. Christian Flannery of the Sasquatch defeated Bellevue’s Mique Curry-Edwards 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) for the No. 4 men’s singles title. At No. 6 singles, CCS’ Niamh Lakewolf defeated Bellevue’s Soham Dharap 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 for the title. Flannery and Bryce Robison won the No. 3 doubles title by defeating Dharap and Shu Chatani 6-3, 6-0. In women’s No. 3 singles, CCS’ Chelsea Li outlasted Bellevue’s Yuri Takagi 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 for the title. Kellee Bates won No. 5 singles with a 6-2, 6-0 romp past Bellevue’s Duyen Truong. Bates and Alex O’Dell took No. 3 doubles with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Treasure Valley’s Jasmine Kinkead and Jasmine Rios.
CC Spokane 6-7, Yakima Valley 5-1: Center fielder Tabby Bartolome went 4 for 4 and threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the seventh inning during the opener as the Sasquatch (20-20, 14-18 NWAC) completed their regular season by sweeping the Yaks (11-36, 8-26) at SFCC.
Hannah Springs and Kirsten Anstrom homered for CCS in the second game.
CCS and North Idaho will help host the NWAC Championships, Friday through May 21 at Merkel Sports Complex. The 16 competing teams will be seeded.