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Western Oregon Roundup: Softball Falls Short At Gnac Tourney

LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s softball team entered Saturday needing a single victory to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament title.

The Wolves couldn’t close the deal, falling to Central Washington 11-2 and 9-3.

WOU opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Concordia on Thursday and a 4-0 win over Saint Martin’s on Friday.

WOU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first game on Saturday thanks to a two-run home run by Lexi Jennings, but the Wildcats ended the game scoring 11 unanswered runs — setting up a winner-take-all finale.

The Wolves fell behind 3-0 after the first inning of the second game and couldn’t close the gap.

WOU finished the 2016 season with a 31-24 record overall.

TRACK EXCELS AT TITAN TWILIGHT MEET: Western Oregon’s track and field teams excelled at the Titan Twilight Meet on Thursday.

Laura Patrick won the women’s 100-meter run with a time of 12.40 seconds. Suzie Van De Grift (2:13.18), Megan Rose (2:13.22), Olivia Woods (2:13.55) and Bailey Beeson (2:13.63) took the top four spots in the women’s 800.

Aaron Whitaker won the men’s 400 in 48.89 seconds, while Josh Dempsey placed second in the men’s 800 (1:51.00).

WOU also competed at the Oregon State High Performance Meet on Friday and Saturday.

Woods ran a personal best time of 56.66 seconds in the women’s 400.

Badane Sultessa and Dempsey took second and third in the men’s 800, finishing in 1:50.93 and 1:51.03, respectively.

Western Oregon will send athletes to the Oregon Twilight meet in Eugene, the Linfield Open in McMinnville and the Oxy Invite in Los Angeles on Saturday in the team’s final meets before the GNAC Championship May 13-14 at WOU.

FOOTBALL TO HOST SPRING GAME: Western Oregon’s football team will host its spring game Saturday at 3 p.m. at McArthur Field.

There is no cost to attend and a family barbecue will be held immediately following the game.

The Wolves finished 7-4 overall and 5-1 in GNAC play, good for second place.

The day’s festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a free Lil’ Wolves clinic for kids ages 3-13.

For more information: Trey Shimabukuro, tshimabukuro09@mail.wou.-edu.

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