Washington State senior Jesse Jorgensen won the men’s 800 meters on Sunday, the final day of the Pac-12 track and field championships held at UCLA’s Drake Stadium in Los Angeles.
Jorgensen turned in a lifetime-best time of 1 minute, 46.49 seconds, which ranks as the fourth-fastest time in WSU history.
The last Cougar to win the men’s 800 meters at the conference meet was Bernard Lagat in 1998.
Oregon won both the men’s and women’s titles. The WSU men were 10th and the Cougar women fifth. Washington’s men placed third and the women seventh.
Highlights for the Cougar women Sunday included a pair of performances that ranked second in program history: Liz Harper, fourth in the 400 hurdles in 57.31 and Abby Regan, sixth in the 1,500, in 4:17.52.
WSU competes next on May 28-29 at the NCAA preliminary round meet at Austin, Texas.
Lindsie Scholwinski (28-0) gave up just three hits, struck out 10 batters and didn’t give up a earned run as CC Spokane (45-4) advanced to the title game of the NWAC championship with a 4-1 victory over Clackamas (35-10) in Portland.
The Sasquatch, undefeated in the tournament, can claim the title today by beating Mt. Hood (35-10), which would have to top CCS twice to win the title.
Lexi Miller had two RBIs for the Sasquatch, one coming on a solo home run. Miller, Berkley Fisher, Sydnie Malloy and Alex Shuster all had two hits for CCS.
Scholwinski lowered her season ERA to 0.75.
• Washington (42-17) had its season end with a 11-1 loss to Alabama (45-12) in the Tuscaloosa (Alabama) Regional. The Huskies managed only two hits, one by Casey Stangel (Lake City HS).
Gonzaga’s season ended with a 4-3 loss to Pepperdine (27-26, 17-10 WCC) in Malibu, California, with the Waves’ Hutton Moyer hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth off reliever David Bigelow (0-5).
Moyer hit two home runs and teammate Aaron Barnett added another.
Mitchell Gunsolus had two of the Bulldogs’ three hits. Starting pitcher Eli Morgan went 7 2/3 innings for Gonzaga (24-28, 13-14), giving up nine hits and a walk while allowing two earned runs. He struck out five.
Washington State’s varsity four finished second in leading the Cougars to a third-place team finish at the Pac-12 Rowing Championship on Lake Natoma near Sacramento, California.
The varsity four finished in 7 minutes, 31.7 seconds, behind Washington (7:30.2) to match WSU’s best conference championship finish in the varsity four.
The Cougars were fourth in the varsity eight and third in both the second and third varsity eights.
Cal won the final race, the varsity eight, to edge Washington for the team title 41-39.5. WSU had 30.5 points.
The Cougars now wait for the selections for the NCAA championships, which will be announced on Tuesday.
Washington won the men’s team title for the sixth straight time with Washington Sate placing fifth.
CC Spokane trails leader Walla Walla by two strokes after the first round of the two-day NWAC championships at Oak Brook Golf Club in Lakewood, Washington.
CCS is at 292 with Walla Walla leading with a four-golfer total of 290. North Idaho is tied for sixth at 303.
NIC’s Hugh Taylor leads by four strokes after shooting a four-under 66. Spokane’s top golfer was Zack Spencer, tied for third at 71.
In the women’s tournament, Bellevue leads with a three-golfer total of 243. North Idaho is 16 strokes back in second place. Spokane is fourth at 263 behind Hailey Warren’s 82, which has her in fifth place. Teammates Mackenzie Phillips and Jenna Kaik led NIC with rounds of 85. Two golfers share the lead at 74.
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