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Western Oregon Roundup: Softball Clinches Tourney Berth

BILLINGS, Mont. — In what turned out to be Western Oregon’s softball team’s final regular season games, the Wolves clinched the fourth and final spot to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball championships on Friday.

The Wolves split a doubleheader against Montana State Billings, falling 4-1 before winning the finale 5-1. Zoe Clark and Lexi Jennings hit home runs for WOU, while Amanda Evola, Jourdan Williams, Kelsie Gardner, Jennings and Clark had two hits each over the two games.

Pitcher Alyson Boytz earned a complete game victory.

The two teams were scheduled to play a second doubleheader on Saturday, but it was canceled due to weather conditions.

WOU will travel to Yakima, Wash., for the conference tournament. The Wolves (21-26 overall, 13-9 GNAC) open against top-seeded Saint Martin’s (40-16 overall, 20-4 GNAC) Thursday at 7 p.m. before facing Western Washington or Montana State Billings on Friday.

TRACK AND FIELD WINS FOUR EVENTS: Western Oregon’s track and field team won four events at the Titan Twilight on Thursday. Junior Badane Sultessa won the men’s 800-meter run in 1 minute, 51.67 seconds. Kaleb Dobson placed first in the 110 hurdles in 15.16, while David Ribich won the 1,500 in 3:53.19. On the women’s side, Rebecca Laible won the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 3¾ inches. Junior Emmi Collier led a group of 10 WOU athletes at the Western Washington/Ralph Vernacchia Invitational on Saturday. Laible won the shot put with a throw of 43-9¾. The Wolves will compete at the Oregon State University High Performance Meet Thursday and Friday and the Mount Hood Track Festival on Saturday.

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