WOU roundup: Cross-country takes team titles

PARKLAND, Wash. - The Western Oregon University women's and men's cross-country teams took the team titles at the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational on Saturday.The WOU women placed three of its runners in the top five, and six in the top 10, en route to the title.Annie Wade won the individual title with a time of 22 minutes, 28.32 seconds for 6,000 meters. Photo courtesy of WOU Athletics Annie Wade On Monday she was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference cross-country athlete of the week for her efforts.Teammate Stephanie Stuckey followed closely behind in second at 22:49.95. Rachel Shelly (23:14.85) placed fourth. Bailey Beeson (23:37.09) was sixth overall, Jenny Leaf (23:38.00) placed seventh and Rachel Crawford (23:38.77) was eighth for the Wolves.As a team, the WOU women totaled 20 points, easing to a victory over second-place Everett Community College's 50 points.The WOU men also placed three of its runners in the top five, led by Brady Beagley's second-place finish. The senior crossed the finish line in 26:11.89. Zach Holloway (26:14.76) and Houston Horner (26:23.76) placed third and fourth. Zeke Wilson and Alan Roy rounded out the Western Oregon scoring in 11th and 13th place.On the men's side, the Wolves scored 33 points. Everett came in second with 39 points, followed by Green River Community College. WOLVES SOCCER NOTCHES EIGHTH SHUTOUT: A 1-0 victory over St. Martin's Thursday gave the Western Oregon women's soccer team a school record-tying eighth shutout.Taylor Higa and Makana Pundyke continued their chemistry up front when they connected in the 48th minute for only goal of the match scored by Pundyke.Higa scored the only goal for the Wolves on Saturday as WOU traveled to Nampa, Idaho to take on Northwest Nazarene. The 87th-minute goal allowed the Wolves to escape with a point in the standings 1-1 tie.The win and tie puts the Wolves at 4-2-2 and just one point behind Seattle Pacific for the third spot in the standings. The top four teams will advance to the GNAC tournament. WOU hosts winless Simon Fraser Thursday at 3 p.m. VOLLEYBALL TEAM DROPS TWO: Western Oregon fell to 2-5 in conference play after dropping volleyball matches to Simon Fraser and Western Washington at home last week.Simon Fraser topped WOU 16-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 Thursday night. Becky Blees led the WOU attack in the loss, hitting .500 for the contest while posting 18 kills. Megan Triggs added 17 digs.WOU struggled to get anything going against No. 7 Western Washington, losing in three 25-22, 25-14, 25-14.The Vikings remained unbeaten (6-0) in conference play. Cherene O'Hara led WOU with eight kills. Jordin Ramos had a double-double with 13 assists and 10 digs.The Wolves travel to Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings Thursday and Saturday.

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