Washington State’s Aofie Martin, Brock Eager and Zak Kindl had winning performances Thursday during the first day of the 13th Sam Adams Classic track and field meet at Whitworth.
In rainy, blustery conditions, Martin, a redshirt sophomore, won the women’s hammer with a throw of 174 feet, 8 inches.
Eager, a redshirt junior, won the men’s hammer with a season-best effort of 220-6. WSU’s Wyatt Meyring also threw a season best (189-4) for third place. Eastern Washington’s Tim Beard (189-9) was runner-up.
Freshman Kindl won the men’s 5,000-meter run in 15 minutes, 19.26 seconds. Teammate Luke Schilter was runner-up in 15:23.69.
Gonzaga senior Jordan Thurston won the women’s 5,000 in 17:23.98. WSU’s Melissa Hruska (18:12.42) placed second.
Idaho freshman Makenna Behrens won the women’s javelin in 131-11. WSU’s Calahan Crawford placed second at 130-8.
Andrew Bloom of the host Pirates captured the men’s javelin at 197-10.
The meet wraps up Friday.
BYU 6, Gonzaga 4: Brian Hsu’s two-out, two-run homer to left field in the seventh inning lifted the Cougars (11-9, 1-3) over the Bulldogs (11-9, 2-2) in West Coast Conference play in Provo, Utah.
Hsu connected on a 2-2 pitch from Alek Jacob (1-3). Brennon Anderson, who had walked with two outs, also scored.
Gonzaga, trailing 4-2, tied the score with a two-run sixth. Austin Pinorini had a two-out RBI double to left-center and scored on Ernie Yake’s double to left.
GU opened scoring with Gunnar Schubert’s RBI single in the first.
After the Cougars tied the game in the second, the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the third. Branson Trube led off with a double down the left-field line and scored on Schubert’s grounder to shortstop.
BYU tied the game in its third and took a 4-2 edge in the sixth when Anderson had an RBI double and scored on Daniel Schneemann’s single.
Starter Jordan Wood (2-1) earned the win, allowing eight hits and three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. Drew Zimmerman earned his second save of the season with 1 2/3 hitless innings.
Zags starter Justin Blatner allowed five hits and four earned runs in four innings.
The middle game of the three-game series is Friday.
Whitworth sophomore Byron Rossmiller finished 33rd in the preliminary heats of the men’s 400-yard individual medley at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis.
Rossmiller, making his first appearance at the championships, did not qualify for the evening finals. His time was 4 minutes, 15.66 seconds.
All three Pirates swimmers – Rossmiller, Patrick Wilber and Hannah Galbraith, will race in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday. The event concludes Saturday.