Results of day one of the NWAC Multi Event Championships

Day 1 Results: Decathlon | Heptahtlon

NWAC Track and Field Championship LogoEUGENE, OR –  Day one has concluded of the 2016 NWAC Multi Events with Spokane freshman Tyler Blakely leading the Decathlon and Clackamas sophomore Ericka Pengelly
leading the way in the Heptathlon.

Blakely (3793 pts) leads the men’s field by 292 points over runner up freshman Grant Shurtliff of Lane (3501 pts). 

Shurtliff posted the best Decathlon score this season (6772) at the Oregon Relays while Blakely’s top score was 5224.

There is a very tight race amongst the current 3rd-6th places where the scores are separated by only 162 points.

Pengelly leads runner up freshman Katie Collins of Spokane 2552 to 2458 with Lane sophomore Kylee O’Connor in third (2446 pts).

Pengelly is expected to be challenged on day 2 as Collins and O’Connor turned in season best scores of 3740 and 3601 respectively to Pengelly’s 11th best score of 3280.

Tuesday’s events kick off at Lane Community College with the Decathlon resuming at 9:00am while the final three events of the Heptathlon gets underway at 10:00am.

Track & Field Athletes of the Week – Week 8

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MEN’S TRACK – Week 8

Kody Vigesaa (Spokane, Freshman)
— Event: 200m; Mark: 22.65, Event: 400m; Mark: 49.33 at Spokane Memorial Open

Nominator Comments:

  • "Kody had a PR in both the 200m and 400m races on Saturday. His 200m mark improved by almost a quarter second and his 400m time was a full half second faster than his previous best!"

MEN’S FIELD – Week 8

Selmar Hutchins (Southwestern Oregon, Sophomore)
— Event: Javelin; Mark: 57.67m (189′ 2) at SOU Raiders Invitational

Nominator Comments:

o   "Big move up the NWAC list with this throw!"

WOMEN’S TRACK – Week 8

Da’Schele Sauls (Green River, Freshman)
— Event: 100m; Mark: 12.48, Event: 200m; Mark: 25.77 at CWU Spike Arlt Invitational

Nominator Comments:

  • "Da’Schele was the fastest JC female in the 100 at CWU. She is having a strong season and represents Green River well."

Emily Mills (Olympic, Sophomore)
— Event: 200m; Mark: 25.58, Event: 400m; Mark: 57.87, Event: 4x100m Relay; Mark: 50.61, Event: 4x400m Relay; Mark: 4:05.01 at CWU Spike Arlt Invitational

Nominator Comments:

  • "Remarkable times for Emily as she won the 400, anchored the winning 4×4, the 4×1 placed 3rd, and she was 5th in the 200."

WOMEN’S FIELD – Week 8

Nyrienda Ross (Spokane, Sophomore)
— Event: Discus; Mark: 35.92m (117′ 10"), Event: Hammer; Mark: 42.24m (138′ 7"), Event: Shot Put; Mark: 12.01m (39′ 4 3/4") at Spokane Memorial Open

Nominator Comments:

  • "Ny had one of the best throwing days I’ve seen with all three events resulting in PRs. She achieved her first Shot Put over 12 meters, improved her Discus mark, and had a 40 foot PR in the Hammer Throw to move in behind her two teammates at 1-2-3 in that event!"

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – April 28

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll
April 28, 2016
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Bellevue 10-2, 27-9 78(7) 1
2. Lower Columbia 11-2, 23-8 50 7
3. Yakima Valley 14-4, 24-12 33 5
4. Everett 7-5, 24-8 32(1) 4
5. Tacoma 9-4, 22-9 29 3
6. Edmonds 8-4, 19-9 26 2
7. Columbia Basin 12-6, 25-9 19 8
8. Skagit Valley 12-4, 19-13 13 NR
Also receiving votes: Mt. Hood 12, Pierce 9, Lane 8, Big Bend 1
Next Poll: May 12

Mt. Hood Volleyball promotes Lissinna to head coach

photo of Kim LissinnaGresham, Ore. — Mt. Hood Community College has announced the hiring of Kimberly Lissinna as the new head coach of the MHCC Women’s volleyball program.

Lissinna served as the assistant coach the past two years for MHCC under head coach Andrew Clifton, who resigned from the program in March to become the head coach at the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Lissinna has already built an impressive resume of both coaching and playing. She was a four-year starter at Division I Weber State University from 2007-2010, and was captain of the team her senior year.

Following her graduation, she moved directly into coaching, taking an assistant position at Minot State University, and then moving to Charleston Southern University, where she served as Interim Head Coach from 2012-13.

She joined MHCC’s program in 2014 as an assistant coach where her responsibilities included evaluating and recruiting talent at the high school level. She also served as head coach for club volleyball programs, including the Athena Under 14 and Xtreme Under 16 club teams.

"Community colleges provide a unique opportunity to immediately impact players both on and off the court," said Lissinna.

The MHCC volleyball program has been one of the most respected and successful programs in the state, including eight first-place finishes in the last 11 years. But the program is coming off of back-to-back losing seasons.

In 2014-15, the program went a combined 24-51, following five straight southern region championships. In its 50 year history the MHCC volleyball program has had 44 winning seasons, going a combined 1349-482 (.736).

"I respect the tradition that Mt. Hood athletic department has prided itself on and would love to be a part of reinstalling this honor to the volleyball program," said Lissinna. "I am looking forward to working with the administration and student-athletes to create a positive change in my players’ lives."

Olympic softball alum Mariah Frazier named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Softball Player of the Week

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Bloomfield College (N.J.) junior Mariah Frazier, a transfer from Olympic College, has been named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Softball Player of the Week during week.

In a 5-1 week for Bloomfield, the former NWAC North Region first-team shortstop batted .478 and slugged over 1.000, while belting four home runs and driving in nine runs for the Bears. The Port Angeles graduate was 11-of-23 at the dish and scored six times during the week. She also had a double and drew a pair of walks.

"Mariah has come into her own as the season progressed and now as the post-season approaches she has been on a streak," head coach Ashton Corley said.  "It’s great to see her performing at this time of the year and the recognition by the CACC is an honor for her which I hope continues into the playoffs."

Frazier and the Bears, winners of eight out-of their last nine contests, have drawn the No. 7 seed in the CACC Tournament set to begin this Thursday. Bloomfield will face the #2 seeded Chargers of Dominican College at 10:00 am in the league’s double elimination tournament on the campus of Georgian Court University.

Another Olympic College product, senior catcher/outfielder Greta Coleman, is hitting .269 for the Bears. Frazier, hitting .264 with six home runs, has played infield and outfield for the Bears.

Baseball Players of the Week – April 26

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Bowen Ogata – Mt. Hood, Sophomore, Catcher

Ogata helped the Saints to three wins on 6 for 8 hitting (.750 BA) with 2 doubles, 2 runs and 7 RBIs. He also reached base another 4 times on 2 walks and 2 HBP.

Ogata is currently in the league top twenty in batting average (.337) and RBIs (21).

Cameron Walker – Walla Walla, Sophomore, Pitcher-Utility

Walker powered the Warriors to a 1-0 shutout over 5th-Ranked Yakima Valley. He tossed 7 strikeouts in eight innings of work while allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks.

Walker is now 4-2 on the season with a 3.09 ERA and 35 strikeouts (tied 20th).

Softball Players of the Week – April 26

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Chloe McIntosh – North Idaho, Sophomore, Third Base

In four games last week, McIntosh went 9-14 for a .643 batting average. She also tallied a double, 2 home runs and 5 RBIs, 2 walks and 4 stolen bases.

McIntosh’s .541 overall batting average is 3rd in the league. She is also 3rd in hits (53) and her 19 stolen bases is 2nd best.

Kylee Lambert – Wenatchee Valley, Freshman, Pitcher

In two starts last weekend, Lambert pitched 13 innings without giving up an earned run and tossed 9 strikeouts for the Knights.

She has recently returned from an injury that kept her out nearly a month. Lambert’s 1.11 ERA is currently tops in the NWAC.

Bellevue softball team ‘gives back’ to local farm

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The Bellevue College Softball team takes a break from their busy spring schedule to help a local non-profit. The Bulldogs spent the afternoon on the farm planting seeds, harvesting topsoil and working the hay! 

Their efforts will help yield 20,000lbs of food this fall, which in turn will get donated to the local food banks.  The Bulldogs are continuously committed to helping their community!

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