Seattle Pacific won the women's crown, and Alaska Anchorage made history by winning the men's title at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference...
Seattle Pacific won the women’s crown, and Alaska Anchorage made history by winning the men’s title at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference cross-county championships yesterday at Lake Padden Park in Bellingham.
Alaska Anchorage is the first school in the five-year history of the GNAC to repeat as conference champions.
Seattle University’s Casey Moriarty ran away with the men’s crown. Moriarty, a graduate student, covered the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 16 seconds. UAA’s David Kiplagat was second in 25:57, followed by Brian Kostock of Humboldt State in 26:06.
Pavla Havlova of Alaska Fairbanks won the women’s individual crown in 22:15, and Meredith Crane of SPU was second in 22:32.
The Falcons scored 54 points to win their second GNAC women’s title in three years and eighth conference crown overall, well ahead of Alaska Anchorage at 71. Central Washington was third (91), Seattle U. fourth (123) and Western Washington sixth (148).
The Seawolves men took the top spot with a dominating 39 points. Western Washington was second with 88 points, HSU third (91), defending champion Seattle Pacific fourth (97), Seattle U. seventh (161), and Central Washington eighth (207).
SPU’s Mary Moriarty, younger sister of men’s GNAC champion Casey Moriarty, placed seventh and was named GNAC Female Freshman of the Year. Havlova was Outstanding Female Performer and Newcomer of the Year.
Casey Moriarty, who became the first Redhawk to win an individual conference title in cross country, was named Outstanding Male Performer and Newcomer of the Year. Kiplagat earned Male Freshman of the Year.
Coach Jim McLaughlin picked up his 100th win at Washington as the second-ranked Huskies swept Oregon State 30-24, 30-18, 30-14 in Corvallis, Ore. It was the 16th sweep of the season for the Huskies (18-0, 9-0 Pac-10).
Brie Hagerty and Christal Morrison led UW with 12 kills each against OSU (7-8, 3-6).
• Host Oregon swept Washington State 30-25, 30-24, 31-29 to earn its first Pac-10 win of the season.
Mira Djuric had a match-high 17 kills for the Ducks (11-9, 1-8 Pac-10), while Jen Barcus had 14 kills to lead the WSU (8-14 , 1-8) effort.
• Rachel Biornstad had 13 kills to lead No. 18 Seattle Pacific to a 3-0 sweep of Alaska Anchorage in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference match in Anchorage.
The Falcons (11-2 GNAC, 17-5) won their sixth straight match, all 3-0 sweeps. Last night’s scores were 30-22, 30-21, 30-15. The Seawolves dropped to 6-15 and 3-10 in the GNAC.
• Sarah Sommerman had 22 kills to lead Seattle University to a 28-30, 32-30, 31-29, 30-25 win over Western Washington in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference match in Bellingham.
Western outside hitter Siri Wuotila had 25 kills. The Vikings, who had won six of their previous seven matches, fell to 12-8 overall and 8-4 in league action.
Seattle, which fought off Western game points in both the second and third games, improved to 13-10 overall and 11-2 in GNAC play.
• Lizzy Mellor and Crystal Johnson each had 11 kills as Eastern Washington (16-6, 6-3 Big Sky) beat Weber State (10-12, 5-4) by scores of 30-20, 30-17, 30-19 in Cheney.
• Puget Sound beat host George Fox 3-1 in Newberg, Ore. The Loggers 12-4, 9-3 Northwest Conference) won 30-25, 22-30, 30-22, 30-20 against GFU (10-9, 5-7).
Washington State’s Anastasia Kostina tied the Stanford Golf Course record, firing a 66 in the second round of the Stanford Intercollegiate.
Kostina, who entered yesterday in an eight-way tie for 10th, rose to a second-place tie with Washington’s Paige Mackenzie at 138. Both trail Duke’s Elizabeth Janangelo by a stroke.
Kostina also tied the WSU single-round record.
Duke leads the team race at 563. The Huskies, who fired a 293 yesterday, are sixth at 589. The Cougars are tied for 14th place.
The UW women finished sixth at the Southern Methodist Classic in Dallas. South Carolina won the team title.
Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.