Washington senior Jax Thoirs soared to his first national championship in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
Washington senior Jax Thoirs soared to his first national championship in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday night.
Thoirs’ winning height was 18-0½. It was the Huskies’ first national title since Katie Flood won the 1,500 at the 2012 NCAA outdoor meet.
The UW men’s medley relay finished second to Oregon. The quartet of Colby Gilbert, Jacopo Spano, Blake Nelson and Izaic Yorks ran 9:28.00, the third-fastest time in meet history.
The UW women’s medley relay also was second, to Georgetown. Baylee Mires, Krista Armstead, Eleanor Fulton and Maddie Meyers ran a 10:58.52, the second-best time in school history.
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Idaho defeated the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team 86-71 in a Big Sky Conference semifinal game in Reno, Nev.
Eastern (20-12) led 41-35 at halftime but gave up 51 second-half points and shot just 21.9 percent over the final 20 minutes. EWU remains in consideration for a bid to either the Women’s NIT or the WBI.
EWU’s Delaney Hodgins led all scorers with 22 points.
Host Washington beat Pacific 6-2 at Husky Ballpark. The Huskies scored twice in the second, third and seventh innings to support a strong pitching performance by starter Noah Bremer (2-0). Joey Morgan drove in two runs for the Huskies (7-4). Chris Baker had two hits and Jack Meggs scored two runs.
• Jeffrey Morgan drove in four runs as Seattle University beat Minnesota 13-3 at Triton Field in Lynnwood. The Redhawks (9-4) pounded out 13 hits in earning their ninth win in 10 games. Morgan went 3 for 5, hitting a two-run homer and a two-run single.
• Weston Hatten hammered a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning as host Washington State (5-9) beat Northeastern 4-1. Right-hander Ryan Walker entered the game with two outs in the fourth and didn’t allow a run the rest of the way to pick up the win.
Savannah Rush and Courtney Cox each had four RBI as Northwest University (5-7, 2-0 Cascade Collegiate Conference) swept a doubleheader at Walla Walla, 10-0 and 16-6. Both games went five innings. Hannah Yelas pitched a one-hitter in the opener.
Track and field
The Seattle Pacific women’s medley relay team of Lynelle Decker, Jahzelle Ambus, Chynna Phan and Anna Patti was fifth in 11:32.17 at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Pittsburg, Kan.
Washington (11-4) defeated Gonzaga 5-2 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Host Oregon (9-2, 1-0 Pac-12) defeated Washington State (13-4, 0-3) 5-2.
• Brian Chud has been hired as women’s soccer coach at Northwest University in Kirkland.