♦ Western Oregon's streak of nine straight men's conference track championships came to a halt, but the WOU women continued a string of their own in winning their third straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title May 7 at Tomlinson Field in Ellensburg, Wash.
The WOU men finished behind Western Washington, 221-186, and just ahead of host Central Washington (184.5). The Western Oregon women edged Seattle Pacific 217.5-209.5.
WOU head coach Mike Johnson was named the GNAC women's coach of the year. Western Oregon senior Monica Smith shared the meet's outstanding performer award with SPU's Danielle Ayers-Stamper.
WOU's Bonnie Galloway won the 100 and 200 meters, and also ran legs on the Wolves' victorious relay teams. She clocked 12.26 in the 100 and set a meet record in the 200 with a time of 24.9. Galloway, Smith, Katy Kociemba and Keyanna Jenkins won the 400 relay in a GNAC- and WOU-record time of 47.43.
Smith was second in the 100 (12.30) and the 200 (25.0). Jenkins was fourth in the 100 (12.50). Kociemba was fourth in the 200 (25.6).
Smith was also second in the 100 hurdles in to a school-record time of 14.15. She finished behind the Falcon's Ayers-Stamper, who set a meet and stadium record with a mark of 13.82.
Smith was also third in the high jump with a leap of 5-6. Kociemba was second in the long jump (18-8.5) and the triple jump with a personal best of 36-9.
Jaci Cederberg defended her conference crown in the hammer with a fling of 174-8. GNAC heptathlon winner Bridget Johnson went third in the long jump (17-6) and second in the javelin with a huge PR of 143-0. WOU also got a first-place performance from Kari Konrad in the 1,500 meters (4:47.92).
On the men's side, Carlos Aguilar won the hammer with a PR toss of 180-10. Ethan Barrons won the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a personal best of 9:08.24. Sam Hobbs won the 400 hurdles with a time of 55.52.
The Wolves took places two through six in the 1,500 meters, with Jerrett Mantalas crossing the line second in 3:58.23. The Wolves also scored big points in the javelin, taking second, third and fourth with Stuart Powell the runner-up in 193-4.
Other second-place performances included Blake Herrington in the triple jump with a PR of 45-11.25, and Spencer Walsh in the 10,000 meters in 31:57.31.
Western Oregon will now head into the last regular season meet of the season at Seattle Pacific next Saturday, May 14.
♦ Western Oregon went eight innings May 6 to end its 2005 softball season on a high note, topping visiting Seattle University 5-2 in the second game of a double-header. Seattle won the first game 1-0.
Western Oregon closes the year 14-33 overall and 7-16 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.
In the second contest, WOU broke open a 2-2 game with three runs in the top of the eighth. The barrage all came with two outs, when Shannon Prochaska and Lydia Foster singled to keep the inning alive. Emily Edmonson and Erin Bequette followed with RBI-singles. Hannah James doubled home the final run.
Ashley Dimeo retired the side in the bottom half of the inning. Dimeo picked up her second victory in a row, allowing seven hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
Sara Tucholsky had three hits for the hosts. Foster, Prochaska, Foster, Edmonson and James had two hits apiece.
♦ Western Oregon's defense had four interceptions and six quarterback sacks, helping to lead the Wolves to a 26-6 victory over its alumni on May 7 in front of 550 fans at McArthur Field.
Bruce Voges nailed field goal attempts of 53 and 48 yards as coach Arne Ferguson's Wolves put a wrap on the four-week spring practice season. Ferguson's group will next reconvene in August in preparation for the 2005 opener at home versus Willamette on Sept. 3.
WOU quarterback Mark Thorson completed 10 of 16 passes for 123 yards and had a 37-yard touchdown strike to Luke Carter. Carter had four catches for 73 yards, while Roy Bonner led the varsity rushing game with 39 yards on four carries.
Voges got the Wolves on the board first with the 53-yard field goal in the first quarter, and Bonner's five-yard run in the second quarter gave WOU a 10-0 halftime lead.
After the break, Voges drilled a 48-yarder, Thorson hit Carter for six points and Garrett Hubrich tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Schmadeka.
The alumni squad found paydirt in the fourth quarter on a 28-yard screen pass from Erik Davis to Corey Sutton.
Davis, class of 1999, completed 15 of 35 passes for 184 yards. WOU's all-time leading receiver Brad Satran (2003) had seven of those grabs for 48 yards, while Chris Doran had four catches for 70 yards.
♦ Western Oregon's Lydia Foster and Morgan Huffstutter have been selected to the All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic team for women's softball.
Both players have also been nominated for the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America College Division team as well.
Huffstutter, a senior from Portland, has a 3.76 grade point average in her major of biology. She started in right field for the Wolves, hitting .267.
Foster, a junior catcher from Elmira, lists third in the GNAC in hitting at .430. She led the Wolves with 15 doubles, six triples and 31 RBI. The three-year starter has a 3.52 GPA in her major of health.
♦ The Western Oregon University Golf Pass, a value worth more than $400, is now on sale for the low price of $30.
The 2005-06 WOU Golf Pass has 25 great golf courses to choose from this year. Most offer two-for-one greens fees and other discounts.
The WOU Golf Pass is good from June 1, 2005 to May 31, 2006. For a brochure or for more information, call 503-838-8068, or visit the WOU website at www.wouwolves.com. All proceeds benefit the Western Oregon University men's basketball program.