WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Ribich places 30th at nationals



EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Led by a 30th-place finish by senior David Ribich, Western Oregon University’s men’s cross-country team finished 21st at the NCAA Division II National Cross-country Championships on Saturday.

Ribich finished the 10,000-meter course in 31 minutes, 47.1 seconds. Josh Dempsey finished 88th (32:37.9), followed by Tyler Jones (118th, 33:09.9), Justin Crosswhite (186th, 34:12.4), Dustin Nading (202nd, 34:31.7), Hunter Mosman (240th, 35:30.3) and Parker Marson (285th, 36:08.6).

Ribich earned All-American honors for his performance.

Kennedy Rufener finished 97th in the women’s race. The senior completed the 6,000-meter course in 22:27.2.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL IMPROVES TO 3-0: Western Oregon University’s women’s basketball team defeated Notre Dame de Namur 81-62 on Friday. The Wolves are 3-0 for the first time in 19 years. Central High graduate Maddy Pape scored a game-high 18 points. Shelby Snook added 16 points, and Kaylie Boschma recorded eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Wolves played Humboldt State Tuesday after press time.

VOLLEYBALL ENDS SEASON WITH WIN: Western Oregon University’s volleyball team finished its season with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18 win over Saint Martin’s on Senior Night on Saturday.

Jenna Compton led the Wolves with 15 kills and four blocks. Alisha Bettinson added 13 kills and four blocks.

WOU lost to Seattle Pacific 25-22, 18-25, 25-21,23-25, 15-11 on Thursday. Western Oregon finishes the season with a 7-20 record overall and 3-18 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.



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