SEATTLE — Western Oregon’s track and field team set a new school record at the Husky Invite on Friday and Saturday. The women’s distance medley relay team of Suzanne Van De Grift, Megan Rose, Olivia Woods and Kennedy Rufener broke its own school mark by 15 seconds with a time of 11 minutes, 50.03 seconds.
David Ribich and Josh Dempsey finished first and second in their heat of the men’s 800-meter run on Saturday. Ribich finished with a time of 1:50.49, the ninth fastest time at the Division II level and an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Van De Grift also posted a provisional qualifying mark in the women’s 800 with a time of 2:12.87.
Western Oregon will compete at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.
MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS TWO: Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team fell to Western Washington 73-63 on Thursday and Simon Fraser 68-63 on Saturday.
Ali Faruq-Bey led WOU against Western Washington with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Tanner Omlid added 19 points and four rebounds.
The Wolves saw a five-point halftime lead evaporate against Simon Fraser. Omlid led WOU with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Faruq-Bey scored a team-high 16 points, and Bryan Berg added 10 points.
Western Oregon returns home to host Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday and Alaska Anchorage on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. The Wolves play at Concordia Tuesday at 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT HOME: Western Oregon’s women’s basketball team lost to Concordia 69-56 on Feb. 7 and Montana State Billings 64-60 on Thursday. Kaylie Boschma scored a game-high 16 points against Concordia. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Sydney Azorr added 15 points and three rebounds.
Jasmine Miller led WOU against Montana State Billings with 15 points. The Wolves led by 12 in the fourth quarter against the Yellowjackets, but were outscored 26-10 over the final 8:41 of the game.
The Wolves host Northwest Nazarene on Thursday and Central Washington on Saturday. Both games will start at 5:15 p.m.
BASEBALL SPLITS OPENING GAMES: Western Oregon’s baseball team split a doubleheader against Fresno Pacific to open the 2017 season on Thursday. The Wolves earned a 7-5 win in the opening game before falling 7-0 in the second game.
Jacob Martinez, Tony Fonzo and Koty Fallon each had two hits in the opening game as the Wolves racked up 10 hits and seven RBIs in its season-opening victory. Pitcher Connor McCord earned the victory on the mound.
A second doubleheader at Fresno Pacific was canceled on Saturday due to weather. The Wolves play at the University of California, San Diego Friday at 6 p.m., a doubleheader Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m., and Sunday at noon.
SOFTBALL GOES 2-3: Western Oregon’s softball team went 2-3 at the Desert Stinger Classic in Las Vegas. The Wolves opened the Classic with a 3-1 loss to Azusa Pacific and a 7-4 setback to Chico State on Friday. The Wolves defeated Minot State 5-4 before falling to Cal State San Bernardino 5-4 on Saturday, and ended the Classic with a 1-0 win over Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday.
Ryanne Huffman and Ku’ulei Siolo each had two hits. Ashlee Lynch hit a solo home run against Minot State. Zoe Clark hit an RBI groundout in the top of the fifth to score the winning run.
Pitchers Sammi Cadwallader and Chandler Bishop combined to throw a four-hit shutout over Cal State Monterey Bay.
Kelsie Gardner and Huffman led the game off with bunt singles, and a line out by Ashley Doyle scored Gardner.
WOU plays doubleheaders at Chaminade Wednesday (today), at BYU Hawaii on Friday and at the College of Idaho on Saturday and Sunday.