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Regan leads WSU to title in Indiana

Washington State’s Abby Regan finished second overall and the Cougars women won their event at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational cross country meet on Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Regan completed the 6,000-meter LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in 21 minutes, 31.3 seconds. Missouri-Kansas City’s Courtney Frerichs won in 20:55.50.

WSU’s next best finisher was Ruby Roberts, who took 21st in 22:12.4.

Eastern Washington took sixth place out of 33 teams. The Eagles were led by Sarah Reiter, who finished fourth in 21:42.

The Eastern Washington men took ninth place and the Washington State men finished 17th.

• Idaho’s Cody Helbling won the individual title, but Gonzaga claimed the Division I men’s team title at the Inland Empire Championships at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.

Gonzaga had four top-10 finishers, led by Nick Roche, who took third with an 8,000-meter time of 24:15. Roche finished just ahead of teammates Colin O’Neil and Troy Fraley, who also posted times of 24:15.

Helbling won in 23:48.

Idaho took second place in the 5,000-meter Division I women’s race. The Vandals’ top finisher was Sierra Speiker, who placed sixth in 17:05. The Gonzaga women were third, followed by Washington State and Eastern Washington.

Among non-Division I schools, the Community Colleges of Spokane women took fourth and the CCS men finished fifth.

• Led by Kellyn Roiko’s third-place finish, the Whitworth women claimed the team title at the Lewis & Clark Invitational at McIver State Park in Estacada, Oregon.

Roiko completed the 6,000-meter course in 22:47.60. The Pirates’ Kristen Schoenike placed sixth in 23:22.90.

The Whitworth men finished eighth out of 16 teams.


Natalie Loos led four players in double figures with 21 kills and Saint Mary’s (6-12, 2-6) edged Gonzaga (13-6, 4-4) in five sets in a West Coast Conference match in Spokane. Scores were 22-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22 and 15-13.

Savannah Blinn had a match-high 28 kills for GU, which plays at Portland next Saturday.

• Whitworth (14-5, 7-2) moved into a tie for first place in the Northwest Conference with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 win over No. 17 Pacific Lutheran (14-4, 7-2) in Spokane.

The Pirates’ Brenna Bruil, Cassandra Mendoza and Haley Vick combined for 32 kills and Elizabeth Ginley had a match-high 18 digs.

• Community Colleges of Spokane (25-11) beat Clackamas (24-9) in the Spokane Crossover championship match at Spokane Falls Community College. Scores were 25-20, 25-18 and 25-20.

The Sasquatch beat Tacoma (23-4) 25-13, 25-23, 25-21 in the semifinals.

Men’s soccer

Puget Sound’s Sean Ryan scored in the 11th minute, while Whitworth’s Kyle Cacoyannis scored in the 17th minute and the Loggers (10-1-2, 5-1-2) and Pirates (9-3-2, 6-1-1) played to a 1-all draw in a Northwest Conference match in Tacoma.

Whitworth plays at Pacific Lutheran today.

• Edgar Leon’s goal in the 88th minute sent Wenatchee Valley (10-2-3, 9-2-2) past Community Colleges of Spokane (9-8-1, 7-5-1) 2-1 in a Northwest Athletic Conference match in Wenatchee.

Trailing 1-0, CCS’ Brandon Babinski scored in the 85th minute to knot the match at 1 but the winning goal came just 3 minutes later.

• Matt Howard and Braden Ridgewell scored goals to power North Idaho (12-1-2, 10-1-1) past Columbia Basin (4-5-5, 4-4-4) 2-0 in a Northwest Athletic Conference match in Coeur d’Alene. Cardinals’ keeper Mitchell Markovetz stopped five shots.

Women’s soccer

Amalia Acorda-Fey scored two first-half goals and Puget Sound (9-3, 7-2) went on to beat Whitworth (4-9-1, 3-7) 3-0 in a Northwest Conference game in Tacoma.

• Sarah Melvin scored twice to power Community Colleges of Spokane past Wenatchee Valley (1-13-3, 1-11-3) 3-0 in a Northwest Athletic Conference match in Wenatchee. Makenzie Welch also scored for CCS (17-2-1, 13-1-1).

• Jasmine Smith’s 12th-minute goal was the difference in North Idaho’s 1-0 win over Columbia Basin (5-7-4, 5-5-4) in a Northwest Athletic Conference match in Coeur d’Alene.

NIC (8-2-7, 7-2-6) keeper Cassy van der Mey made seven saves.

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