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Western Oregon Roundup: Ribich Turns In Personal Best

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Sophomore David Ribich led Western Oregon’s men’s cross-country team to a fourth-place finish at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.

Ribich placed fourth overall in the 8,000-meter race, recording a time of 24 minutes, 59 seconds, setting a new personal record in the process.

Zach Holloway finished 15th overall in 25:45.

The women’s squad placed sixth. Senior Stephanie Stuckey finished the 6,000-meter course in 22:40, placing 13th overall. Junior Nicole Maurmann took 28th in 23:02.

“David and Stephanie had star performances against nationally ranked opponents in the GNAC,” Wolves coach Mike Johnson said. “Virtually every runner had a personal best, highlighted by David’s run against the fastest runners in the region.”

WOU will host the NCAA Division II West Regional on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.

FOOTBALL DOWNS SIMON FRASER: Running back Malik Braxton set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record, helping Western Oregon’s football team to a 37-26 win over Simon Fraser on Saturday. Leading 31-26 in the fourth quarter, Braxton broke a 99-yard touchdown run to put the Wolves up by two scores. The run was the longest in conference history. WOU’s Joe Harris held the previous record on a 90-yard score set in 2013. Braxton rushed for 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass in the first quarter. The Wolves (5-3 overall, 3-1 GNAC) won its fourth-straight game. Western Oregon hosts Azusa Pacific Saturday at 1 p.m.

SOCCER SPLITS: Seniors Dana Goularte and Makana Pundyke, and junior Taylor Higa scored as the Western Oregon women’s soccer team defeated Northwest Nazarene 3-1 on Thursday. Goularte and Pundyke scored in the first half, while Higa’s goal came within the first 40 seconds of the second half. WOU lost to Montana State Billings 1-0 on Saturday in its final home match of the season. The Wolves (7-7-1 overall, 3-6-1 GNAC) close out the season at Seattle Pacific on Thursday and at Simon Fraser on Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL EARNS HOME WINS: Western Oregon’s volleyball squad earned a pair of conference victories, defeating Seattle Pacific 25-23, 27-25, 25-16 on Thursday and Saint Martin’s 25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 29-27 on Saturday. Alisha Bettinson had a game-high 14 kills on Saturday, while Christie Colasurdo added 27 digs. WOU (7-14 overall, 4-8 GNAC) plays at Northwest Nazarene on Thursday and at Central Washington on Saturday.

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