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Western Oregon Roundup: Ribich Qualifies For National Race

MONMOUTH — Cold, rainy conditions did little to slow Western Oregon sophomore David Ribich at the NCAA Cross-country West Regional on Saturday.

Ribich finished the 10,000-meter race in 30 minutes, 11.95 seconds to take 11th overall in the men’s race.

Ribich placed second among runners not on one of the top four teams and earned a spot in the NCAA Division II Cross-country Championships in Joplin, Mo., on Nov. 21.

The Wolves placed 12th in the team standings.

Nicole Maurmann led the women, placing 37th in 22:07 in the 6,000-meter course. The women finished 15th in the team standings.

FOOTBALL WINS SIXTH-STRAIGHT: Quarterback Phillip Fenumiai helped lead Western Oregon’s football team to its sixth-straight victory on Saturday. Fenumiai threw for four touchdowns as the Wolves defeated South Dakota School of Mines 33-15. WOU (7-3 overall) finished Great Northwest Athletic Conference play with a 5-1 mark. The Wolves host Humboldt State in a nonleague contest Saturday at 1 p.m. Humboldt defeated Western Oregon 29-20 on Sept. 5.

VOLLEYBALL DROPS TWO: Western Oregon’s volleyball team lost a pair of GNAC matches last week. The Wolves fell to Western Washington 25-10, 25-13, 24-26, 25-15 on Thursday and Simon Fraser 26-24, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22 on Saturday. The Wolves played at Concordia Tuesday after press time. WOU hosts Montana State Billings Saturday at 7 p.m. in the team’s home finale.

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